Atheism on the rise.

The rise of atheism in America
The number of disbelievers is growing, but they remain America’s least trusted minority. Why?
By The Week Staff | April 13, 2012


The National Atheist Organization's "Reason Rally" in March: 19 percent of the American public spurns organized religion in favor of skepticism about faith.
The National Atheist Organization’s “Reason Rally” in March: 19 percent of the American public spurns organized religion in favor of skepticism about faith.
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ow many atheists are there?
It depends on your definition of the term. Only between 1.5 and 4 percent of Americans admit to so-called “hard atheism,” the conviction that no higher power exists. But a much larger share of the American public (19 percent) spurns organized religion in favor of a nondefined skepticism about faith. This group, sometimes collectively labeled the “Nones,” is growing faster than any religious faith in the U.S. About two thirds of Nones say they are former believers; 24 percent are lapsed Catholics and 29 percent once identified with other Christian denominations. David Silverman, president of American Atheists, claims these Nones as members of his tribe. “If you don’t have a belief in God, you’re an atheist,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what you call yourself.”

Why are so many people leaving religion?
It’s primarily a backlash against the religious Right, say political scientists Robert Putnam and David Campbell. In their book, American Grace, they argue that the religious Right’s politicization of faith in the 1990s turned younger, socially liberal Christians away from churches, even as conservatives became more zealous. The dropouts were turned off by churches’ Old Testament condemnation of homosexuals, premarital sex, contraception, and abortion. The Catholic Church’s sex scandals also prompted millions to equate religion with moralistic hypocrisy. “While the Republican base has become ever more committed to mixing religion and politics,” Putnam and Campbell write, “the rest of the country has been moving in the opposite direction.” As society becomes more secular, researchers say, doubters are more confident about identifying themselves as nonbelievers. “The collapse of institutional religion in the first 10 years of this century [has] freed so many people to say they don’t really care,” said author Diana Butler Bass.

How are nonbelievers perceived?
Most polls suggest that atheists are among the most disliked groups in the U.S. One study last year asked participants whether a fictional hit-and-run driver was more likely to be an atheist or a rapist. A majority chose atheist. In 2006, another study found that Americans rated atheists as less likely to agree with their vision of America than Muslims, Hispanics, or homosexuals. “Wherever there are religious majorities, atheists are among the least trusted people,” said University of British Columbia sociologist Will M. Gervais. As a result, avowed atheists are rare in nearly all areas of public life. Of the 535 legislators in Congress, for example, only one — Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) — calls himself an atheist. Few sports stars or Hollywood celebrities own up to having no religious faith.

Why so much distrust?
Many Americans raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition are convinced that atheists can have no moral compass. Azim Shariff, a University of Oregon psychologist who studies religious thinking, sums up how believers view nonbelievers: “They don’t fear God, so we should distrust them. They do not have the same moral obligations as others.” The antipathy may have actually grown with the recent emergence of “New Atheist” writers such as Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, who have launched impassioned attacks on organized religion. Dawkins has encouraged his followers to “ridicule” anyone who could believe in “an unforgiving control freak” and “a capriciously malevolent bully” like the God portrayed in the Old Testament. Dawkins’s harsh approach, said Barbara J. King, an anthropologist at the College of William and Mary, has confirmed “some of the negative stereotypes associated with the nonreligious — intolerance of the faithful, first and foremost.” 

How have atheists responded to this negative image?
A coalition of nonbelievers is out to make atheism more acceptable, starting with last month’s “Reason Rally” on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where thousands stood up for their right to not believe. Silverman of American Atheists, who helped organize the rally, said it was intended to give heart to young, “closet atheists” who fear the social stigma of being “outed,” in much the same way closeted gays do. “We will never be closeted again,” he said. Some within the movement advocate taking a more conciliatory approach to believers, too. Alain de Botton, the Anglo-Swiss writer of the new book Religion for Atheists, assails Dawkins as being “very narrow-minded,” and praises religions as “the most successful educational and intellectual movements the planet has ever witnessed.”

Will atheism ever be accepted?
If growth continues at the current rate, one in four Americans will profess no religious faith within 20 years. Silverman hopes that as nonbelief spreads, atheists can become a “legitimate political segment of the American population,” afforded the same protections as religious groups and ethnic minorities. But he’s not advocating a complete secular takeover of the U.S. — nor would he be likely to achieve one, given the abiding religious faith of most Americans. “We don’t want the obliteration of religion; we don’t want religion wiped off the face of the earth,” Silverman said. “All we demand is equality.”

Atheists in foxholes
Atheists are barely visible in politics and entertainment, but they are clamoring for recognition in another area of public life — the military. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers estimates that 40,000 soldiers identify as nonbelievers, and counts the most famous casualty of the war in Afghanistan, former NFL star Pat Tillman, as one of its own. In attempting to secure the same rights and support enjoyed by religious soldiers, the association lobbies against the idea that “there are no atheists in foxholes,” and wants “atheist chaplains” made available for the ranks of the armed nonbelievers. Jason Torpy, the association’s president, says that nonbelievers outnumber every religious group in the military except Christians, yet receive no ethical and family counseling geared to their own nonbeliefs. “These are things that chaplains do for everybody,” he said, “except us.”

The targets of a deluded mass.


I will begin by describing this article as a personal insight from observation into the behaviors of believers related to their responses to published works by prominent atheist authors. I have experienced firsthand the denial and the complete resistance to reasonable arguments by believers when faced with the cold hard evidence refuting their beliefs in mythological gods and so forth. Believers first express their pity for my non-belief followed by a palpable awe that a person could actually believe in reason and logic over blatant superstition. They practically piss themselves as their deluded minds try to wrap around the fact that I am totally serious about my stance as well as my belief that explaining this WILL NOT result in my being struck by lightning on the spot due to blasphemy. I then have to listen to the standard bullshit that Jesus died for my sins horribly on the cross at Calvary, and how could I possibly refuse such a selfless sacrificial gift by the son of the one true god. All of this is proffered with the attitude that the believer is in the presence of one of the stupidest  beings ever to have existed! The very act of a rational person being in the presence of such a deluded individual is excruciating enough let alone having to exercise good manners by not telling this person emphatically to go fuck himself!

These religious anachronisms assume that they are the enlightened ones in the discussion and that they are to relate to non-believers as if they are just misbehaving children who have to be made to understand what they are doing wrong. The conversation usually consists of condescending tones used to convey a doctrine that intelligent people already know has no basis in reality, has been authored by many non-credited sources and has more contradictions than a Scottish Korean! Aye Lad, yer a walkin’ contradiction! Ya make absolutely no sense at all! The verses, as we know are fraught with rules as to how to deal with or beat your slaves, when incest is tolerated as well as bigamy, when to stone your children or your wife. Just so many pearls of wisdom on how to be a human monster! Fuck Michael Myers and Jason, I’m goin’ as God for Halloween! This motherfucker is MUCH more scary than these rank amateurs. Gimme a fuckin Snickers lady or I’ll rape you and blame you for it, then stone you to death! As usual, christians use the ‘That was in the Old Testament’ bullshit to explain a now kinder, gentler cosmic tyrant. Google the Good Book and you will be pleasantly surprised to find even MORE atrocities among the many contradictions in the New Testament,(of still unproven horseshit ). I don’t know about you, but if you told me that I can now worship a nutjob because he is now on meds, I will tell you to go fuck yourself! The point being, REALLY? The bastard had you performing all of these horrible things in his name like a fucking circus animal and NOW he says that he doesn’t want you to do these things anymore? Frankly, my reasonable, logical side says that it wasn’t sane to follow him in the first place AND knowing his psychotic past, it probably isn’t in my best interest to trust him now given his history of mental instability!

Christians just don’t get that just because the rules of the mythology have changed, it still doesn’t make the delusion more palatable! Sensibility tells me that something with no proof is NEVER to be believed, PERIOD! The condescension involved with conversing with these people is never ending because they are so afraid and naked without their security blanket that they will fight to the death to stay blind. Atheists tend to read the bible far more than the people who believe in it, so we are able to give the logical, research-oriented feedback that makes most christians turn a cold sweat under the balls. This causes them to usually turn on even more condescending behavior or just end the conversation before major cracks develop in their faith. When backed into a corner, most christians,( or other such deluded folks ), react with a visceral fear due to their incredible dependency on being plugged into The Matrix. They thrash and fight like the detoxing heroin addict and hold their hands high to beseech the LORD OUR GOD to deliver them from ……..EVIL? (pinky to side of mouth ), and….he never comes but these schizophrenics seem to hear HIM loud and clear while all I hear are crickets!

Christians in groups are like mean girls in high school, they circle awaiting that drop of blood in the water so that they can tear you to holy shreds. Generally, you can NEVER talk reason with one of these people when in a group delusion. They are like a bunch of hippies on shrooms, there is no getting through to them. They also praise HIM openly while having each other’s backs in holy war upon non-believers thus effectively extinguishing dissension with sanctified horrific acts . As we all know by our examination of history, religion is steeped in bloodshed caused by GOD’s terrible need to force everyone to purchase HIS spiritual merchandise! Remember Total Recall with Arnold sitting in the chair being told that he is delusional and that all he has to do is swallow the ‘magic pill’ and he will be safely back in his comfort zone again fucking a very fetching Sharon Stone minus the beaver shot. Open your mind Mr Quaid! Quatto is speaking from his heart, or actually from the stomach that he hangs off of! People must reject the magic morphine of religion and wake up! Free your mind by actually thinking for yourself instead of following the almighty’s flock of idiots.

People want to believe in sky fairies because the mind fights to keep them in a comfortable place reality or not. Lemmings fight to believe because their anthropomorphous god feels good and non alien to them and covers them in the vacuous love that is religious euphoria. He also gives them excuses to ignore personal responsibility in many areas because HE has their backs in a lot of these situations according to the Doctrine of Fairy Tale Bullshit. Lets face it, GOD is actually a shackle that these people willingly put around their collective necks in exchange for certain promises that they will be rewarded for being minions and that they won’t just wink out when it’s time to cash in the cosmic chips! If there is a creator, it is quantifiable and not a god. It resembles nothing that we could ever comprehend and has no such predilection toward individuality. Our individuality is just a preset notion in our minds that dictates how we view our world. Our interpretations of our surroundings is a primitive comfort zone constructed in our psyches to prevent sensory overload and to break things down into simple mush that the common people can handle without going postal. Most people are devoid of true introspection due to the need to follow the masses into the designated comfort zone and ignore the harsh realities of the actual world as viewed by the forward thinker. Mythology is just another way in which smart men control other men by creating an artificial zone and punishing non-believers with horrible consequences for trying to awaken the sleeping sheep. Sheep will follow the leader even when they suspect that it will lead to the slaughter, but find the concept of the slaughter infinitely more palatable than harsh reality , because looking ahead or checking out who is following you is to frightening. Religion has always had the tendency to bring together warring factions so that they will follow a central leadership and die obtaining wealth for that leadership. Religion is about money, sex and unlimited power for the leaders of the church, because they don’t really believe in god, they just use to threat of HIS vengeance to cull the lemmings into subservience. THX-1138, Brave New World, 1984, all testaments as to how the powerful control the weak with illusions of spectacular power and strength. The weak tend to just give themselves over to their masters without a fight but never truly know what they are giving themselves to. The never ending question being, ‘is a lemming society inhabited by idiots who destroy their environment AND the other lemmings worth saving? I am too small to know this I guess. Visions of Soylent Green dance in my head as I mentally feed these assholes into the chipper melding them with soy protein for  feeding the perpetually poor in all of the third world nations that have been poor since modern times. Now THOSE people are just too dim to breathe any sense into. The Catholic Church keeps these masses dumb and producing children that they cannot feed that die from malnutrition and they just keep on fuckin’! People such as the glorious Mother Theresa glorified poverty and subsequent followers continue to use foolish poor women as a stepping stone to their own flagging or non existent faith by preaching on the evils of birth control. Churches all across the globe continue with the insanity of ‘End Times’ prophecy using the calamities created by the ignorant as fuel to stoke the religious fire and poor nutjobs swallow that puke instead of enacting greener practices. The greedy rich parishioners of these churches continue to rape the planet of it’s natural resources and blame Bible prophecy when the Earth fights back never telling the minions, ‘Oh, by the way, I just use God to fuck you little people out of more money and labor but remember, keep reviling those who don’t believe in HIM.’ A very clever use of the sheep to keep the powerful rich and to refute facts that would result in more ethical practices. But back to those who ignore the lack of evidence for sky fairies!

I have personally read the scathing reviews of the works of Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and others by the religious press in an effort to diminish these well written and accurate books. Due to the lack of evidence for the various world religions, these idiots attack by using character assassination and completely false claims of inaccurate research and revisionist historical reference, but if you read one of these books with a computer near, all you have to do is Google the facts and they appear on several historical websites. Intelligent christians tend to take up the torch for the less educated ones by using their research skills to create lengthy tomes with impressive historical references to portray them as factual, when really all they are are carefully worded pieces that leave out certain details that would expose the lack of concrete evidence. Skilled debaters such as Hitchens used to take great pleasure in completely debunking these works by the use of keen observance and an almost surgical grasp of literary content to fillet the fat from deceptive material. In closing, I have seen the complete terror in the eyes of the faithful when separated from their command structure. They tend to become completely irrational and resort to practically covering their ears like an angry child who doesn’t want to hear what you have to say. This, of course, is the main reason that many are willing to kill for religion. It being the irrational notion that their god is the one true god and he wants non believers to be punished for not ruining their khakis bowing down to him. I don’t know whether the end game will be a more educated society, or one that breeds itself out of existence, but I do know that if religion does not significantly fade soon then we will be gone. I will speak out and blog on in an effort to turn the tide, but I am just one out of a very few who dares to jaywalk in front of the almighty sky cop. We need more jaywalkers. Thank you readers for your time and for you insightful articles as well. Peace and Good without God!


Let’s imagine we’re sitting together having a relaxed, honest and open discussion about religion. On the table is a huge stack of white index cards and on each index card is one of thousands of different religions, gods, belief systems, along with arguments for believing in that particular religion or god. Maybe a card has a current religion, or maybe it has a older religion that no one believes in any more, or is largely forgotten. It doesn’t matter – the point is that they’re all here in this great big stack, except for the ones that you believe in – you religion’s not in this stack.

One at a time, I draw up a card and I read you the religion and god and arguments for why you should believe in it and you respond with the reasons you dismiss the arguments and why you don’t believe the religion or god, and I’ll write the responses down.

So we go through every argument ever made for every other religion, their gods, supposed holy books, witnesses, miracles, profits, saviours, prophecies, testimonies, answered prayers, faith claims, affects for good, archeological support; whatever the argument, we go through it. We note all your counter arguments and dismissals on the back on each card.

It won’t take long before we realize that there is a pattern. Your argument for dismissing one religion will likely be similar to a previous answer. We won’t need to write anything down any more – we can just refer back to a previous argument.

Once we get to the bottom of the stack, I take another card out of my pocket. This card has your religion and god on them, and all the arguments that you think support them. We go through that card and they are refuted referring back to arguments you made before, just as we did with all the previous cards.

The fact is that you’re an atheist in regards to thousands of other religions and gods. You already know everything there is to know about dismissing religious arguments. You’re an expert already. You rationally dismiss thousands of other religions or gods just like any atheist does. The difference is you don’t turn that critical side of your mind to your own beliefs.

This realization is all anyone needs to know to recognize their faith doesn’t stand up any more. It’s just question of how honest you can be with yourself.

Gay Marriage and God!


Ah, for the simpler times when we just burned those that we didn’t understand! Now we have groups of people coming out of the woodwork demanding rights from the Holy Fucking Church that don’t quite jibe with the norm of the conservative facist supposed majority. Well blessed be! Whatever is a Klansman supposed to do? Bow to the will of a perverted class of people who are hurting no one and loving each other, or burn them at the stake and keep mankind in the stone age? I say fuck them smart phones and new-fangled computers and burn those Jesus-hating heathens!! I,for one,am sick and tired of people expecting this country to move into the modern age.

Ta Hell with them Homersekshuls and their assfukin politics! Marriage is between one man and one woman and his or her affairs of choice as well as the 50% divorce rate in the ‘Sanctified’ community! No Homersekshul ever fought for this country…..OK thats beside the point. No Homersekshul ever sacrificed anything for….Oh bullshit, alright ya got me! But no homasekshul was at the creation of this country and…Goddammit! Will ya shut up? That duzzent mean a thing!

Seems that sexuality has no bearing in any of the fairy tale followers arguements at all! Funny! I also havn’t personally spoken to ANY atheist anti-homosexual people! This makes me wonder why I never speak to believers!  Please remember that GAWD doesn’t exist and that everyone deserves rights. I don;t understand some of them myself but that doesn’t give me a right to judge them or hate them. Remember, hate is for Republicans! I am not affiliated with a party, but I am certainly not a member of the ‘Grand Ol Shitty Party.’