Most of us can get along while practicing private pursuits such as sports or fine arts or religion. Each believer’s God seems all powerful respecting private concerns, and believers tend to project their God's power onto an imaginary public. Most non-theist persons are also inspired to face life’s unknowns; many of the non-theists are also areligious. Objecting to a neighbor’s reasons for good behavior so as to hope for like religious-beliefs seems arbitrary and unnecessary speculation. People can be good neighbors without imposing private concerns, especially the afterdeath, that vast time after body, mind, and person stop functioning.
However, the-indisputable-facts-of-reality, hereafter The Facts, show that neither a personal God nor destiny nor government guarantees a person’s lifetime. The people may mutually collaborate to enhance each person’s opportunity to live. Some may choose to merely cooperate rather than collaborate. The rest of the people may be dissidents to both collaboration and cooperation. Embarking on a new political era starting in 2017, Americans may focus, for the first time, on shared opportunity to live a complete life. Rather than striving for religious morality or social morality we may collaborate for civic-morality.
A task of a civic culture is to discover code words and share meanings in iterative civic collaboration so as to establish public-integrity rather than impose dominant opinion or democracy---mob rule. (Liberal democracy is rule of the liberal mob and thereby disruption of civic order.) Public-integrity empowers private-liberty-with-civic-morality rather than dominant opinion. In a civic culture, members talk about code words and pretense so as to empower candid talk. Civic persons do not lie, so that they can communicate, even to liars. Yet a civic culture is alert to self defense.
o collaboration by free blacks during the Revolutionary War
The emergence of AMO during the last fifty years seems regressive for the people’s march toward civic justice. In general, AMO asserts demands without performing duty and responsibility. The AMO are misguided defenders of civic antinomianism: protests are egocentrically justified regardless of violent, illegal behavior. For example, accepting the results of a presidential election is expected in the USA, but AMO victims marched in the streets after Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. AMO recruits march without regard for what they may accomplish, so the consequence is continual AMO to disrupt the civic order.
Perhaps hidden in the above explanation is speculative logic from James H. Cone: Since God is black and The Word came from Africa, slavery is in fact an institution of God. However, the slave-masters are black Americans. On similar, erroneous religious belief, this country waged a civil war, white on white, with loss of life equivalent to eight million Americans at today's population.
AMO violence should be avoided like the plague, and the parties that are most affected are the AMO soldiers. However, in a civic culture (wherein perhaps 2/3 of members of every real-no-harm association collaborates for Security), a church may, without objection or ridicule, worship a skin-colored God, even though skin itself is not a supernatural characteristic. In other words, it does me no harm if a civic person thinks God is black. Within a civic culture, any real-no-harm association supports the ideas and arts the members choose. A civic culture offers privacy rather than tolerance.
In his inaugural speech, President Trump implied that we may strive for togetherness and solidarity based on blood color rather than skin color. I like that idea and hope at least 2/3 of us collaborate for public-integrity.