There are further signs that atheism is on the rise. David Niose points to surveys that show that for the first time ever, a majority (54%) of Americans “would vote for a qualified, open atheist for president.” This is a substantial increase from the 45% of 2007 and a huge increase from the meager 18% of 1958.
Niose goes on to say that “atheists still rank lowest among the groups listed. Muslims (58 percent), gays and lesbians (68 percent) and Mormons (80 percent) all ranked higher.”
He says that this is bad news but I don’t see it as so. I think that what this shows is a rising tide of acceptance of diversity and pluralism that is lifting all formerly marginalized groups. It does not bother me that atheists lag behind the other groups as long as the general acceptance trend is upwards.