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The author captures the secular humanist changes within the society that have been happening to America with a particular emphasis of the recent past up to the beginning of 2012.
It's easy to say the author was slightly ahead of his time and foresaw the rapid changes that have happened since the publication of the book, and the changes have been even more dramatic after the book's publication. It's as if the author was writing a book about the financial crisis but published it in October 2008. He sees what was happening before it became real to everyone else.
The author puts the story in great context and tells you how the world is changing and how the secular humanist (and atheist) movement is winning and coming out of the closest unashamedly. Not too recently, and slightly before the book was published, the default position was to be in the closet with ones secular humanist beliefs and the media would assume that the religious perspective was the most right, he states. For example, the Mormons gave the bulk of the donations to Proposition 8 ('Prop Hate'), and they also said they would not support the Boy Scouts if they allowed gays. Times have changed. I suspect they would like to walk back those statements and positions and that's only since the book has been published (less than two years ago).
The book really gives a good snapshot of how times have been changing and lays the foundation for the understanding for how they will even change more. The author is never in your face, but states his positions as matter of facts.
BTW, I loved the fact that a woman reader read the parts of the book when a woman was being quoted. It allows me to follow the narrative even better.
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The book makes some interesting points however, the author has this terrible and annoying habit of anytime he wants to quote from a source from a female, he has a woman read the piece. Besides the fact that it is very annoying and distracting -it is childish and uncalled for.
Is he doing it to be politically correct? If so, why stop there? Why not do the have the quotes from African Americans read by African Americans? And why not the quotes from Herb Silverman read by a Jewish man?
The whole switch to the woman's voice was distracting and made me feel that the author bent over backward to be PC.
It really ruined the read.
I hope he never does anything so silly and annoying again.
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