In the United States, it’s no secret that the resistance toward organized religion is growing, nor that the numbers of persons who identify specifically as atheists are, too. As a group, those who don’t go to church or get involved in religious organizations are rapidly gaining ground. A recent survey pegs the number somewhere around one in five. There are several reasons being attributed to this, but the ones I find most entertaining are coming from the religious demographic, themselves. Forget the real, actual reasons why, because that would involve things like facts and data.
No, these people are maintaining the reasons that it is either a “phase,” or “cool,” or there are devils and demons going around possessing people all willy-nilly. Of course, it couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that we’ve grown extremely weary and resistant to being victimized by discrimination for many years, or that we’re still one of the most least trusted group of people in America (even behind rapists).
For One Thing…
The religious right has done a remarkable job in helping propagate our numbers. We really do owe them a debt of gratitude, because as their batshittery gets more and more widely exposed, the more it gets distributed here on the Internet, where religions go to die. The fundamentalists and religious conservatives are becoming a caricature unto themselves, and the more they rant, rave and *testiculate, the more people look at them and say, “Fuck, these people are nuts. Think I’ll sleep in on Sunday mornings.”
The quest of the religious right has become so toxic, so ridiculously inane and in many cases, outright psychotic, they are not only alienating other believers, but actually causing a rise in the involvement of many atheists who would not normally even offer their opinion to start doing things like blogging and making videos. This, of course, exacerbates the situation for the religious crowd, which I find incredibly amusing because they seem to have no idea that they are doing this to themselves.
Basically, the more often the batshit crazy, ignorant right wing nut jobs that start flapping their gums, the more mainstream and progressive believers are starting to ally with unbelievers, thereby increasing the number of people who claim “no religion.” Really, I couldn’t be happier about this. In fact, it is my wish that even more of those Conservative talk-pukes would get some ‘air time‘ to spew their truly vomitous conglomeration of congealed suckage, because as their rhetoric continues to surpass the limits of facepalmery, our demographic will continue to grow.
The complete lunacy that is the religious right will eventually reach a point of saturation, and even more reasoned, thinking persons who are still lurking in anonymity will finally decide the safety of the closet is no longer an option. More and more of us are beginning to emerge from every facet of society, because the ability to put off the only logical choice in the face of the steady increase in religious batshittery is quickly becoming become irresistible to a wider spectrum of people.
There is only so much bigotry, discrimination, hatred, coercion, terrorism, slavery, misogyny and the rest of the fetid world views of the religious conservatives that a free society will bear before a paradigm change starts. We are fast approaching the breaking point of that over full, neglected diaper that is bursting from the ass of the whiny, temper-tantrum-throwing religious right. Their putrescent indoctrination is filling the United States with the stench of a bronze/iron-age lack of intellect, and their lack of common sense and almost non-existent grip on reality is, quite frankly, pathetic. Dennis Diderot’s quote is time-honored:
“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest”
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. Religion is becoming a more and more fractured institution, and their messages are becoming more and more irrelevant to reality. Fundamental religion has failed, and done so miserably, because with startling regularity, the scientific community continues to debunk long-held fundamental religious beliefs. Cognitive dissonance can carry a belief system only so long.
I used to think that our species was doomed, and there are still many times that I wonder which religious finger will push the big red button. But I have a renewed hope, that as our voices rise in a crescendo of reason against the mistreatment, insult, malice and injustice that the religious are foisting upon the human race, we just might get out of this alive.
* Waving your arms around and talking total bollocks.
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