Sunday, June 24, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron's recent comment is another bellwether that European atheism has a bleak future


French President Emmanuel Macron said that Europe is facing an "unprecedented migration phenomenon that will last." Due to migration and demographics, Macron said, "Europe's destiny is tied to that of Africa."

Atheists are a very small minority in Africa.   A study conducted by the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life says that Africans are among the most religious people on Earth.

In 2018, the Brookings Institute indicated:
The issues around refugees and migration remain some of the most hotly debated topics in Europe. With European per capita income roughly 11 times that of most of sub-Saharan Africa and tens of millions of young Africans with poor job prospects, the attraction of migrating to Europe is and will remain immense. While there is migration from all over the world into Europe, geography makes Africa the biggest potential source of migrants. 

In 2018, Pew Research reported:
International migration from countries in sub-Saharan Africa has grown dramatically over the past decade,1 including to Europe2and the United States. Indeed, most years since 2010 have witnessed a rising inflow of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe, and lawful permanent residents and refugees in the U.S.
In 2006, the Council on Foreign Relations indicated:
Europe is the primary destination for migrants worldwide. Countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea such as Spain, Italy, and Malta are most affected. Under the 2003 Dublin II Regulation, the first country in which an asylum seeker lands is solely responsible for examining that person’s asylum application. Predictably, this has placed greater strains on countries closest to Africa, the source of the vast majority of immigrants. In 2006, Spain received at least 636,000 migrants, representing almost half of the EU’s total and 122,500 more than the number of migrants arriving in Germany, France, Italy, and Britain combined. Authorities on Spain’s Canary Islands alone caught almost thirty thousand Africans trying to enter in 2006. Malta, located only two hundred miles from Libya’s coastline, has seen up to two hundred immigrants a week, and the Italian island of Lampedusa has also been affected. Non-European countries along the migration route such as Morocco have been strained by mass migration to Europe.
In April of 2016, it was reported: "Today, Africa has the world's highest fertility rates. On average, women in sub-Saharan Africa have about five children over their reproductive lifetime, compared to a global average of 2.5 children."

On December 23, 2012, Professor Eric Kaufmann who teaches at Birbeck College, University of London wrote:
I argue that 97% of the world's population growth is taking place in the developing world, where 95% of people are religious. 
On the other hand, the secular West and East Asia has very low fertility and a rapidly aging population... In the coming decades, the developed world's demand for workers to pay its pensions and work in its service sector will soar alongside the booming supply of young people in the third world. Ergo, we can expect significant immigration to the secular West which will import religious revival on the back of ethnic change. In addition, those with religious beliefs tend to have higher birth rates than the secular population, with fundamentalists having far larger families. The epicentre of these trends will be in immigration gateway cities like New York (a third white), Amsterdam (half Dutch), Los Angeles (28% white), and London, 45% white British.





Another atheist admits his side is losing badly. He admits the future looks grim for nonreligious people



After reading the material at When Will Anti-Atheism Be Viewed as Bigotry? When Hell Freezes Over, an atheist in a comment section of an atheist blog admits:
Many of us in the atheist/agnostic/secular community are suffering from a delusion that we are winning the culture war. It's not true. We are losing. In fact, we might have already lost. The future looks grim for non-religious people.

Yes, yet another atheist admits defeat and he is now flying the flag of surrender. Please see the related post: Atheist Aron Ra indicates the atheist movement is dead. Now that that Aron Ra has surrendered....



Friday, June 22, 2018

When Will Anti-Atheism Be Viewed as Bigotry? When Hell Freezes Over


The atheist author and blogger Ken Davis wrote an essay entitled Will Anti-Atheism Be Viewed as Bigotry?
Anti-atheism will be seen as bigotry by the public at large when hell freezes over.
Consider:
1. Sociological research indicates that atheists are widely distrusted in both religious cultures and nonreligious cultures. Source: https://www.independent.co....
According to a study published in the International Journal for The Psychology of Religion: "anti-atheist prejudice is not confined either to dominantly religious countries or to religious individuals, but rather appears to be a robust judgment about atheists." The study found that many atheists do not trust other atheists as well. Source: https://www.independent.co....
2. As a percentage of the world's population, atheism peaked in 1970 and it is now declining both now and in the foreseeable future.  This is partly due to demographic reasons related to fertility rates of the religious and nonreligious. sources: http://www.science20.com/wr... and Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First, Century, Eric Kaufmann, Belfer Center, Harvard University/Birkbeck College, University of London at: http://www.sneps.net/RD/upl...  and Global atheism statistics
3. The Western/developed world is expected to experience a trend of overall desecularization by 2050 or sooner. Source: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First, Century, Eric Kaufmann, Belfer Center, Harvard University/Birkbeck College, University of London at: http://www.sneps.net/RD/upl... and http://www.sneps.net/wp-con...

4.  Peak secularization may have already been hit in several European countries:

Conatus News reported in 2017 concerning Britain:
Church of England worshippers increase 0.8 per cent since 2009. The number of non-religious people falls from 50.65% to 48.6% 
Rise in Church of England worshippers likely due to resurgence in patriotism and pride in Christianity, a report has found 
According to a new report, for every person brought up in a non-religious household who becomes a churchgoer, 26 people raised as Christians now identify as non-believers. 
The study, which is based on an analysis of the British Social Attitudes Survey and the European Social Survey, reported that the proportion of non-religious in the UK hit a high of 50.6 per cent in 2009. However, it has been decreasing ever since and hit 48.6 per cent in 2015. 
However, the proportion of those who identify as Church of England worshippers has seen a slight increased from 16.3 per cent in 2009 to 17.1 per cent in 2015.

In 2010, Professor Eric Kaufmann declared that the rate of secularisation flattened to zero in most of Protestant Europe and France.

Pew Research indicated in a 2017 article entitled Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe: "...the comeback of religion in a region once dominated by atheist regimes is striking – particularly in some historically Orthodox countries, where levels of religious affiliation have risen substantially in recent decades." 

5. China has the world's biggest atheist population. Evangelical Christianity is seeing explosive growth in China (see: In China, Unregistered Churches Are Driving a Religious Revolution ). 






Secularization will plateau in the United States sooner than some scholars expected



In 2015, BloombergView reported concerning the United States:
According to a much-discussed 2012 report from the Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life, only 3 percent of U.S. atheists and agnostics are black, 6 percent are Hispanic, and 4 percent are Asian. Some 82 percent are white. (The relevant figures for the population at large at the time of the survey were 66 percent white, 11 percent black, 15 percent Hispanic, 5 percent Asian.)
...Craig Keener, in his huge review of claims of miracles in a wide variety of cultures, concludes that routine rejection of the possibility of the supernatural represents an impulse that is deeply Eurocentric.

In the United States, blacks have the highest rate of religiosity. Among Hispanics, religion has traditionally played a significant role in daily activity.

In June 2016, American Interest reported:
First of all, religious belief is still very powerful and widespread, and there is nothing inevitable about its decline. In fact, the proportion of people who say they believe in God actually ticked modestly upward, from 86 percent to 89 percent, since Gallup last asked the question in 2014.
In their 2010 journal article entitled, Secularism, Fundamentalism or Catholicism? The Religious Composition of the United States to 2043 published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vegard Skirbekk and Anne Goujon wrote: "The relatively low fertility of secular Americans and the religiosity of the immigrant inflow provide a countervailing force that will cause the secularization process within the total population to plateau before 2043."

As can be seen by the videos below, recent U.S. census data shows that more whites are dying than being born in the United States and that whites will become a minority in the USA sooner than was expected. Of course, this is not good news for American atheist activists.




Saturday, June 9, 2018

On what not to ask the new atheist Richard Dawkins

The leading Australian news organization the Herald Sun reported:
Richard Dawkins, the famous atheist, agreed weeks ago to come on my show. I am agnostic and had planned a conversation, not a confrontation, about his published views on Islam and Christianity.

But just 90 minutes before showtime Dawkins started to bombard me with listsv of questions I could not ask.

Here's how I responded last night.

Monday, March 26, 2018

U.N. statistics: One more reason why the religious will inherit the earth and atheism is doomed


Read the article below and notice what is projected to occur as far as population growth in the religious regions of Africa/Middle East and in the less religious region of Europe:

U.N. "World Population Prospects 2017:" the Coming Sub-Saharan Tsunami

Currently, African/Middle Eastern, religious migrants are moving to nonreligious/irreligious European countries with sub-replacement levels of births. If there is significantly more backlash against Muslim immigrants in Western Europe, perhaps more immigration to Western Europe will come from Eastern and Central Europe. Eastern Orthodox Christianity is growing in the Eastern/Central European area. Please watch the videos below.






Thursday, January 18, 2018

The SJW atheist movement is a lost cause. It just had its debate Waterloo!


A blogger wrote about the Thomas Smith (progressive/SJW/feminist atheist) vs. anti-progressive/anti-feminist atheist Carl Benjamin (commonly know as Sargon of Akkad):
This was the most brutal debate I have ever seen... And Thomas started off so cocky too! He started off like he was about to destroy Sargon. Then slowly, the facial ticks started to display. The cold sweat, the nervous gestures. 
This is a[n]...amazing thrashing. I am speechless, I don't even know what I could do to add to this. If you want to watch someones world collapse, this is a really good resource just for that! You don't even need to care about the arguments. Like if you want to be a really good actor and you have to play the part of a SJW who is about to get savagely brutalized on stage for the entire world to see, look no further!
Most atheists have historically leaned to the left politically and this is still  the case, but right-wing atheism is growing.  And the growth of right-wing  atheism within the atheist population has split the atheist movement and has effectively killed the atheist movement (See: Atheist activist Seth Andrews keeps seeing reports on social media and the media that the atheist movement is dying ).

A large portion of the atheist population lives in Europe. And the right-wing populist surge in Europe has far from peaked and this is easily the most significant change to the European order since the end of the Cold War (see: Right Wing Populism Could Become ‘New Normal’, No End in Sight For Surge: Tony Blair Institute ).  And what happens in European atheism is bound to spread to American atheism.

Throughout the interview/exchange/debate, the two parties showed much contempt for each other with Smith launching much invective and Benjamin mocking Thomas.  As far as the substance of the debate which largely focused on politics, Smith fared poorly.  And his body language was of an angry and nervous man.  And near the end of exchange, Thomas angrily and cowardly left the debate stage. Of all the debates I have seen, I would have to say that this debate was the most embarrassing for the loser. And Carl Benjamin is no intellectual giant so Smith's loss is doubly bad for the progressive/SJW atheists.

Leftists have a reputation for dodging debates. So progressive/SJW (social justice warrior) atheists  are unlikely to turn things around in terms of the debate front. In other word, they just had their debate Waterloo.

For Christian commentary on the debate, please see: The Thomas Smith vs Sargon of Akkad Debate was a Total Waste of Time