JUST SAW THIS ON HEADLINE NEWS
While trying not to get distracted by Robin Meade's huge "telepromters" I caught the story that people who claim no religious affiliation has gone from 86% in 01 to 76% today. (no link, just saw the story on cable news)
Now while it is true it is hard to get an accurate account of people claim the label religious, the number of people who don't go to church, don't hold a religious label, or flat out don't believe has jumped to roughly 15% of the population.
This is good news for secularists and atheists. I can honestly see the change from where this country was in 01 to where we are now. BUT if we want those numbers to increase, it is up to every one of us to connect with local media, national media.
No one here should expect overnight victories. Movements are slow and take time. Our goal is not to force religion out of existence via government force, but to get the word out that good lives can be lived without belief in fairy tales.
To the theist reading this, we live today without belief in the Egyptian sun god, once believed in for over 3,000 years. We no longer believe that the world is flat. What makes you think you need to believe in virgin births(which we have no evidence for) or magical harems in the sky?
The fact is that humans make up gods and believe in them. And human history repeats itself in every generation by splitting, changing and morphing.
Atheists don't want a violent take over to dominate the world, anymore than Christians would want Islam to violently take over the world. We simply want humans to think for themselves and be unafraid to question themselves introspectively and be willing to put their beliefs to scrutiny.
If someone offered you a kaleidoscope to look at the stars, would you take them up on it? But if they offered you a telescope, would you take them up on it? We are simply offering the world a better way of thinking without the shackles of ancient myth. It is up to you to want to look at it, and it is our hope that you do.
"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers."Obama
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