Tabash said atheism has yet to mount a credible challenge to theism in America in terms of gaining acceptance. Tabash says atheism is either the most publicly unnoticed view in America or the most publicly despised view in America. He says realistically it could to take 100 years of intense and sustained effort by atheists, while atheists endure severe hostility, to even begin to make a dent in the hold that theism has in America among the public.
Furthermore, Tabash said the current political situation of atheism in America is "desperate". And according to Tabash, if American atheism suffers a reversal in politics then the cause of American atheism is lost. Tabash said that atheists will never give as much as theists to the American political system, but they have to give more money to political outreach in order to make progress.
Mr. American Atheist, if the victory of atheism over theism in America is dependent on tightfisted atheists giving a significant amount of their money to politicians, then your cause is lost! Atheists give significantly less to non-profit causes than theists.
Will American atheists give substantially more to the American atheist cause? What does the social science data say about this matter?
According to a study by the Barna Group:
The typical no-faith American donated just $200 in 2006, which is more than seven times less than the amount contributed by the prototypical active-faith adult ($1500). Even when church-based giving is subtracted from the equation, active-faith adults donated twice as many dollars last year as did atheists and agnostics. In fact, while just 7% of active-faith adults failed to contribute any personal funds in 2006, that compares with 22% among the no-faith adults.Arthur C. Brooks declared in Policy Review regarding data collected in the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey (SCCBS) (data collected by in 2000 by researchers at universities throughout the United States and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research):
The differences in charity between secular and religious people are dramatic. Religious people are 25 percentage points more likely than secularists to donate money (91 percent to 66 percent) and 23 points more likely to volunteer time (67 percent to 44 percent). And, consistent with the findings of other writers, these data show that practicing a religion is more important than the actual religion itself in predicting charitable behavior. For example, among those who attend worship services regularly, 92 percent of Protestants give charitably, compared with 91 percent of Catholics, 91 percent of Jews, and 89 percent from othe religions.ABC News reported:
...the single biggest predictor of whether someone will be charitable is their religious participation.
Religious people are more likely to give to charity, and when they give, they give more money: four times as much. And Arthur Brooks told me that giving goes beyond their own religious organization:
"Actually, the truth is that they're giving to more than their churches," he says. "The religious Americans are more likely to give to every kind of cause and charity, including explicitly non-religious charities.In addition, in 2009 Pew Forum reported that a study by Harvard University professor Robert Putnam found that religious people are more charitable than their irreligious counterparts.
American atheists must work harmoniously together for American atheism to prevail? Not going to happen!
And if the situation for American atheism didn't look grim enough already, Tabash says that atheists need to work cordially together and give each other comfort in the face of adversity. Given the amount of acrimonious atheist infighting that has historically occurred within atheism and seems to be increasing within the atheist community, this gives further proof that the cause of American atheism is a fool's errand. See: Atheist infighting is intense in 2011 and New Atheism vs. Secular Humanism and Atheism: A house divided
What do losing teams often do? They squabble amongst themselves about who is causing them to fail!
Adios, American atheism
Furthermore, the growing American Hispanic population, which includes a rapidly growing Hispanic evangelical population, will never adopt atheism in large numbers. See: The writing is on the wall: Godless progressivism will not be dominant in the USA's future and American Hispanic evangelicals
5 resources for American atheists
1. American atheists still cannot satisfactorily answer the 15 questions for evolutionists. See: 15 questions for evolutionists
2. Unlike Christianity, atheism still has no proof and evidence that it is a valid worldview. See: Evidence for Christianity
3. Decline of internet atheism: Decline of internet atheism
4. Global decline of atheism/agnosticism and the rise of Christianity
5. 13 recent grim events for Darwinism that should give every Darwinist nightmares
Decline of atheism video
Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? from Australian Broadcasting Corporation on FORA.tv
Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?
Eric Kaufmann - Demography and religion/secularism
Question Evolution! Campaign
15 Questions for evolutionists
Responses to the 15 Questions: part 1 - Questions 1-3
Responses to the 15 Questions: part 2 - Questions 4–8
Responses to the 15 Questions: part 2 - Questions 9-15