So says the headline of an article detailing how the new atheists are using traditional tactics to spread the word of non belief. Sadly, it’s in England:
Herald Sun – This new brand of aggressive atheism has been inspired by people such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett, and its aim is to drive religion out of public life.Figures released last week revealed that a quarter of England and Wales’s population identified themselves as having no religion, a figure that has doubled in the past 10 years.
The Census data also shows a significant decrease in the number of Christians, lending weight to a study conducted by the British Parliament this year that concluded that atheism could overtake Christianity within 20 years. The increasing secularisation of England has resulted in bans on prayers at council meetings and even court cases over people’s right to wear a cross at work.
Well, we can always hope. But here in the US, our founding fathers were so fanatically religious they were invited to leave the realm of King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. It’s not necessarily in our genes, but it is stamped deep into our national DNA. Hard to tame that ancient superstition.