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Has this country, in its desperate efforts to determine where the dividing line between the rights of church and state should be drawn, relegated religion to a position of insignificance? Has religion come under fire to such an extent that Americans are forced to conceal their religiosity and extinguish any thought of incorporating their personal beliefs into the realm of political activism or even discourse? In The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion, Stephen Carter asserts that such is the case. Using a wide range of controversial social issues as examples, Carter details what he sees as the public trivialization of religion; he’ll discuss his book at 6 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 429-9272. (Phyllis Croom)