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Atheist actor and writer Ricky Gervais is working on a new show, “Afterlife,” which features “an atheist who dies and goes to heaven.”

If Gervais hopes to bring cultural acceptance of non-belief to mainstream America, he faces an uphill battle.

Polls show that many Americans distrust atheists and nearly half say they would not vote for one.

Should it matter whether or not a politician believes in God? As mainstream acceptance of other minority groups grows, will atheists still lag behind?

CLICK HERE to read Washington Post “On Faith” writers’ thoughts

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