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When Atheism becomes the majority view
Eventually it will
Obviously, the popular view, at least in America, is in the Christian mythology that is associated with the belief in the illogical supernatural. The non-religious group has been growing for some time, and I believe that eventually, the majority of people will hold the view that more closely relates to atheism.
I have no idea when it will happen. Probably not for a while, but with the way ideas are spread quickly and effectively through the web and technology, it could happen faster than I would think. Ideas develop and spread much faster today then at any other point in history. But America tends to move slower than most other countries, so it will most likely take much, much longer than it should.
So, for me, the question is much more less about "if" but about when atheism will be the dominating world view in the U.S.
The world as we will know it
I think there could be positive changes associated with the decrease of people who hold the views of a current mythology, but I don't believe the effects will be as far reaching as I would like them to be. After all, the rejection of a god or gods says nothing about someone's world views, but simply says they have accepted the fact of their existence. That it is finite and not externally controlled by an illogical being of any sort.
The government and the policies associated with it will hopefully improve by the time that atheism "takes over," but it won't be as a result of atheism becoming the prominent viewpoint, but merely a different progression that societies go through in order to get to the best possible system of living out their singular lives.
I think most of you can probably imagine the positive changes that would be a result of the movement. I'm sure I won't be able to think of them all, but a few do come to mind.
Evangelists will lose what power hey haven currently. No longer will they have a societal influence they are able to have in today's society. They will be looked upon how we look at anyone that is involved heavily in some weird cult. Because they really are just bizarre.
Christian evangelists in particular are some of the most bizarre religious people. They share more in common with fundamental Islamic people, but will be aghast if the accurate comparison is brought up. They claim to be so in-tune with their holy book, but only selectively follow they parts they like and ignore the rest.
But that's what will be cool when the non-religious are in the majority. The vast majority of people will hold my views or ones that are similar to it. At the very least they will ignore these people and at the very most they will look at them like they are crazy.
There will be less churches. Less money will be given to the church as a result. More money in people's pocket means that money can go towards things that actually benefit themselves, their families, and society as a whole. All that extra money that is paid to the church can be used to by books, feed the poor, pay for an education, or to survive.
Smaller communities will be able to stimulate their economies to grow and improve instead of letting the churches put a damper on the type of society and economy that could be possible.
History education will be more complete
When current religions are put on the same level as past ones, they can be integrated into various history classes, which will help them to be more complete than they already are. When the majority of people currently still believing in a myth, it's hard to study that myth as one because people get offended.
And if there's one thing people can't stand, it's being offended by anything ever. But once the modern day religions are in the forefront of people's mind, people won't be getting offended when the historical influence of various myths is discussed. And these religions can be talked about on the same level as Roman or Greek religions, since they are both equally true, completely false.
They are a lot of past and current things that are caused by various religions. Examining these in a classroom will allow students to get a fully complete understanding of history. Religion has played a big part in many different parts of history past and current. it's important for students to understand the effects of religion, so they have a full understanding of history.
Non-religious in government
Right now, it would be nearly impossible for someone that isn't religious to be elected to the Senate or to the House. I think eventually that will change. And it won't just be a person who is a former member and says they are not religious once they leave office, but someone that is non-religious throughout the process.
When it eventually happens, i believe that it can only help the promotion of typical secular ideals.
I hope that eventually it will become a regular occurrence for atheists or non-religious people to be elected to congress. But even more than that, I hope that it will eventually be a regular occurrence that people's religion is a non-issue either way in the elections of people.
Since the U.S. has, in theory, has a secular government, people's personal religious or non-religious views shouldn't be on anyone's platform to their election.
Better social policies
The vast majority of people that are against equality for various groups of people tend to be religious. If most people rejected religion, they would be more likely to support things that are traditionally only fought by people who use an ancient book to mask they non-accepting views of other groups of people.
I also believe that people will be much more open to allowing people to be more free to do what they want with their bodies in regards to what substances they put into it. So things like marijuana will be universally accepted and legalized. Maybe other traditionally frowned upon drugs will also be legalized, similar to how some European countries treat drugs, but America tends to lag behind in a lot of areas.
So that could take much longer. Maybe even longer for the non-religious to become the majority.
There was an interesting poll that was carried out by the Washington Post about torture that showed the non-religious were more against torture than the religious were. It's kind of scary that people can support such horrible things.
And there is a poll from 2009 that also shows this divide on torture between the religious and non-religious.
A more open society
When I tell people I'm an atheist, a lot of people are surprised when I tell them I am. There are people that I won't tell and will hide my atheism from. So I can't be open and myself around some people, and I hate that aspect of society.
I'm not someone that is obsessed with talking about religion. I don't care when someone says "bless you." Or mentions "god" in some way. Those kinds of things don't bother me. I'm not someone that has to point out every time someone brings about anything religious.
When most people are atheists or non-religious, conversations about religion will be more easily and openly had. Instead of people trying to defend religions at all costs, people would be more open to talking about the effects that religions have. And to talk about what's wrong with religions and what's more wrong with certain ones.
People like Sam Harris would be able to criticize Islam and what the most extreme of what it does and not be called racists or Islam-phobic because people would be able to recognize facts when they see them and not be blind to objective realities.
When do you think being non-religious will be the majority view in the U.S.? When do you think an openly non-religious person will be elected to the House or the Senate?
Leave you opinion below in the comments.
And, as always, thanks for reading.