*Last week, the White House, which has hosted everyone from the Dalai Lama to dinner party crashers, welcomed a group it never has before: non-believers.

The Secular Coalition for America, a lobby group including atheists, humanists, nontheists and others, met with the Obama administration to discuss religious discrimination in government faith-based initiatives, military proselytizing and faith-healing.

It’s the first time in history such a group has been invited to talk policy with presidential officials. Obama was also the first president to mention nonbelievers in an inaugural address.

The number of nonbelievers in the U.S. has been growing for the past decade (now up to 12 percent of Americans say they don’t believe in God or are “unsure,” according to stats from the Pew Forum), but it’s taken them a while to get their voice heard by the government.

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