David Niose will speak on "The Rise of Secular Americans in the U.S." at AU chapter events in Pasadena and Santa Monica on August 9 and 10.  Niose, an attorney and author of the popular Psychology Today blog, "Our Humanity, Naturally," and president of the American Humanist Association, will be speaking in Pasadena on Thursday, August 9 and in Santa Monica on Friday, August 10 on his new book, Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans. The number of Americans which identify as secular, atheist, agnostic, or simply non-religious has steadily risen over the past two decades from less than 5% in 1990 to 19% in 2012, representing the fastest-growing religious demographic in the US and the second-largest religious demographic after Catholics.  David argues that much of that growth has been fueled as a response to the rising power of the religious Christian right in this country. In his presentation, David will discuss the various secular groups now forming across America in opposition to that force, including their political goals, lobbying efforts, legal strategies, and outreach through advertising and education, and what they are intending to do to make the secular voice a gamechanger in American politics. David will be speaking Thursday, August 9 at the Neighborhood Unitarian-Universalist Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Ave., in Pasadena; and Friday, August 10 at 7pm at the Yahoo Center Community Room (Colorado Center), 2500 Broadway, in Santa Monica. The events are co-sponsored with the Humanist Association of Los Angeles and the Southern California Community of Reason.  Both events are free, and open to the public.