By Michael De Dora
Director of the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy
CFI Representative to the United Nations

A young person, after being raised within a traditionally religious and authoritative family, begins to question the veracity of the religious beliefs he or she has held for their entire life. Having no one else to confer with on this important issue, this person turns to their computer for local secularist groups. After a quick search, he or she has found a blog, an online discussion forum, and perhaps even a Facebook page for a group where non-religious people meet and share their experiences. Or, if there are no nearby groups, this person starts up a new one. Soon enough, he or she becomes part of a community of people sharing their doubts regarding and even criticisms of religious belief.

I’m sure many of you can identify with this story, as it is the norm for an increasing number of young Americans who leave religion.

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