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date: 19 August 2019

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This chapter introduces readers to a relatively unknown aspect of American secularism: its growing racial diversity. It discusses the importance of racial and ethnic minorities in the growth in the number of people with no religious affiliation (nones) in the United States since 1990. Furthermore, it argues and demonstrates that this growing racial diversity is a major source of the exodus of secular Americans away from the Republican Party and, to a lesser extent, toward the Democratic Party. The chapter concludes with the implications of this diversity and political affiliations for the future cohesion of the secular community in the United States and how it will be able to leverage these to gain political power in the future.

Keywords: secularism, race, political parties, African Americans, Latinos, nones

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