May 6th, 2009
Could the humble Atheist be America's best kept secret?
I've always thought that the vast religious population that always seems to be so vocal, is in reality much smaller than advertised. Truth be told, most people don't really believe in their religion, regardless of brand. They just pay it lip-service, as religion is much more cultural than an actual belief in a god, and going through the motions is the cultural norm for most people.
Now it seems that an increasingly vocal, and growing minority might be about to gain political power.
A recent Newsweek cover—in a bid to (finally) match the celebrated 1966 “Is God Dead?” cover of Time—read, in the shape of a cross: “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.” Editor Jon Meacham’s story highlights Newsweek’s latest poll results showing that 10% fewer Americans identify as Christian today than twenty years ago. But more importantly, and mentioned only in passing, is the growth among atheists and secularists of all stripes.