Hahaha, this was pretty funny, even though it probably wasn’t intended to be.
The re-awakening of atheism in America is going to make for some very interesting times. Leaders of the Christian Right have spent years trying to cast themselves as the voiceless victims in a secular society, but the scapegoating is over. (Want to talk marginalized? How many atheists have there ever been in Congress or the White House?)
Nonbelievers know a lot about Christianity and Judaism, most having been raised in religious families. Believers, however, are somewhat less clued-in about atheists. Here are a few simple truths about who they are, and arenâ€™t.
Atheists are well-behaved. Atheists seem to play well with others overall. Theyâ€™re not in the news for getting caught doing things they tell others not to do. Most co-exist peacefully with believing family and friends. They pay taxes.
Atheists donâ€™t start wars on behalf of atheism. They do join the military, however, and contrary to the clichÃ©, they are found in foxholes. In fact, there is a lawsuit now against Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a major who harassed a group of â€œfoxhole atheistsâ€ who simply wished to exercise their freedom of/from religion while serving their country in the Middle East.
Atheists have a thing for the American Constitution, particularly the First Amendment that separates church and state. They are secularists who support a government free from influence by any religion. Theyâ€™re not anti-religious but nonreligious.
So when people like Mike Huckabee announce they want to â€œtake this nation back for Christâ€ and make the Constitution fit the word of God, atheists worry, and feel that everyone else would be wise to worry along with them.
Atheists donâ€™t take up much space. In fact, they only comprise 0.4 percent of the U.S. population, according to the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey, conducted through the Graduate Center at CUNY. (Agnostics would add 0.5 percent, the nonreligious 14.1 percent more.)
A total of 900,000 people isnâ€™t even enough to fill 10 football stadiums, but evangelical leaders insist the godless are behind the decline of a whole nation. Uh, okay.
Atheists make good neighbors. Chances are, if you lived next door to an atheist, you might never know it. Atheists arenâ€™t known for going door-to-door or shore-to-shore to un-convert people. They will help you even though thereâ€™s no heavenly reward in it for them.