by Moody Adams Religion is "violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children." That is what the No. 1 New York Times bestseller "God is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything" by journalist Christopher Hitchens says.
"This is atheism's moment," crowed David Steinberger, CEO of Perseus Books in a Wall Street Journal interview. "Mr. Hitchens has written the category killer, and we're excited about having the next book." That's right – this fall the publishing world will further cash in on the anti-God juggernaut with "The Pocket Atheist," featuring the writings of famous atheists, edited by Hitchens.
"How can this be?" you might wonder. "Hasn't America always been a Christian nation?" No question it has.
What is responsible for this blooming of atheism in America today?
Dennis Prager, the brilliant Jewish radio talker and columnist, gives three key reasons. 1. The evil done by people who profess to believe in God. He cites "First and most significant is the amount of evil coming from within Islam." He explains. Prager points to the Muslim terrorists and the genocide in the Sudan as examples.
“Whether Islamists (or jihadists) If the same were true of vegetarians – if mass murder and violent intolerance were carried out by vegetarians – there would be a backlash against vegetarianism even among people who previously had no strong feelings about the doctrine” says Prager.
2. The atheistic teachings in our schools. Another major, if more long-term, factor contributing to the popularity of atheist books, Prager says that this generation has been brainwashed in a secular school system. He calls this the "secular indoctrination of a generation," thanks to our de facto atheistic public school system.
3. The failure of the church to fight the forces of atheists. He notes the agreement between Christians, Jews and secularist on the issues of abortion, the definition of marriage indicate believers-in-God would rather forsake their God than fight with the atheists. And Prager says, with fewer people willing and able to confront it, “the case for atheism will seem even more compelling.”