I believe there is an atheist revolution/recognition garnering critical mass around the world....and we do number spectacularly (look at the data in posts below).
Atheists are waking up, particularly after the Twin Trade Towers Murders, and looking at the 'holy' shit religion has catapulted us into around the world....too numerous examples to even begin to start a list ...but here goes...We could start with the Inquisition or witch killing, the Dark Ages, Iraq, a rapturite Prez in US (GWBush at time of writing) and the Tea Party, honor killings, female exclusion from education/human rights, circumcision, not least scaring the be-jesus outta little kids with Hell. How must it impact a young, believing brain when adults, loved, respected and believed tell them about Hell and how to get there...
Then we have suicide bombings, people fighting over who has the greatest sky daddy, hatred of gays and anti-science stem cell hindrance, anti Science 'balance' illusion and creationist BS. Not to mention the environment....The impost of religion into our secular law and order and political realms.
I really believe there is an atheist revolution taking hold, gaining momentum as we speak and rapidly accumulating critical mass. The #herd of cats is being rounded up by a common cause.....the future of the planet. We have been taken off 'mute'.
Religion must step aside for:
- reason- not fairy tales based on 2000 year old writings,
- critical thinking and reason-not unquestioning faith,
- global thinking-not religious fundamentalism if our species is to survive.
Being in my 50s, I grew up with the implicit 'rule' that religion gets a free shot, should not be challenged but politely excused. People did not talk about politics or religion.