Why is 2017 going to be a terrible year for American atheists?
In June of 2016, American Interest indicated:
First of all, religious belief is still very powerful and widespread, and there is nothing inevitable about its decline. In fact, the proportion of people who say they believe in God actually ticked modestly upward, from 86 percent to 89 percent, since Gallup last asked the question in 2014.The United States is often said to have a "special relationship" with Britain and until the big decline of the New Atheist movement Richard Dawkins was often covered by the American press. But now that movement is largely dead.
What is happening in Britain?
The Guardian published an article in 2017 entitled Nearly 50% are of no religion – but has UK hit ‘peak secular’? which declared:
But, Bullivant told the Observer that the “growth of no religion may have stalled”. After consistent decline, in the past few years the proportion of nones appears to have stabilised. “Younger people tend to be more non-religious, so you’d expect it to keep going – but it hasn’t. The steady growth of non-Christian religions is a contributing factor, but I wonder if everyone who is going to give up their Anglican affiliation has done so by now? We’ve seen a vast shedding of nominal Christianity, and perhaps it’s now down to its hardcore.The later Gordon Stein was an American atheist activist in the latter part of the 20th century. According the British newspaper The Independent Stein's main activity was the "acquisition and production of books on free-thought and the paranormal."
Gordon Stein wrote:
Atheism has long ceased to be a rare and oft-ignored philosophical outlook...It has transformed itself into an active political programme with clear objectives which, though they vary from state to state, unequivocally include the elimination of state religion, religious education, and the enshrinement of scientism.Historically, atheists have screwed towards the left side of the political aisle. The University of Cambridge's website Investigating Atheism said that the "most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power."
According to the Pew Forum, in the United States: "About two-thirds of atheists (69%) identify as Democrats (or lean in that direction), and a majority (56%) call themselves political liberals (compared with just one-in-ten who say they are conservatives).
Was the morale of secular leftists rattled after Donald Trump's election? Judging from all the tears and exclamations of being very depressed after Trump's election I would have to say yes to this question.
Also, consider these articles which collectively indicate: the secular left is very emotional; secular leftists are more prone to mental illness and the secular left has not reacted very well to Donald Trump's election and presidency:
Secular leftists and mental illness
The id atheists
More Evidence that Postmodern Thinking is Id-Based
And not only is the moral of American atheists low, but no doubt many of them will shift their activities from atheist activism to leftist politics.
Betty Devios, who is the Secretary of Eeducation, is pushing for school choice via vouchers prograns which very well may provide federal government funding of private religious schools in order to expand school choice options in America (see: Trump's first education budget: Deep public school cuts in pursuit of school choice ). A budget of 1 billion dollars is planned for school voucher programs according to US News & World Report. Many public schools are failing in the United States and this has been happening for a long time despite the fact that America spends more for education per capita on average compared to the rest of the world ( See also: U.S. education spending tops global list, study shows ).
The columnist Dennis Prager stated that "From elementary school through graduate school, only one way of looking at the world – the secular – is presented. The typical individual in the Western world receives as secular an indoctrination as the typical European received a religious one in the Middle Ages."
Atheists activists loathe Betty Devos who is an evangelical Christian.
Below is the the Google trend data for the search "atheist" for Google USA and as you can see the graph has been going in a straight downward trajectory that last 5 years and the last 10 years or so:
Google searches for the term "atheist" for the last 5 years at Google USA:
Google searches for the term "atheist" since 2014 at Google USA:
So how have leftists been behaving lately?
On May 31, PJ Media published the article Leftists want their enemies dead
The beating down of leftism will continue until secular leftist morale improves.
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