atheist billboardThat number is still a nice majority, but it reveals a concerning trend. Fortunately, atheists remain the least trusted group in the U.S., coming in below pot smokers and those who cheat on their spouses. But North Carolina atheist millionaire Todd Stiefel says he is hopeful of the new numbers which have changed since 2007 when the last such poll was taken by Pew Research.

Stiefel is bankrolling a new atheist campaign to be unleashed released in September 2014 that looks to brainwash recast people’s perceptions of atheists. The initiative is called “Openly Secular” and will be patterned after the gay rights movement in an effort to encourage closeted atheists to be “out” with their beliefs, or disbeliefs. Stiefel sees it as combating discrimination against his kind.

I imagine those who wouldn’t vote for an atheist probably are familiar with world history. After all, it was atheists who sparked WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In recent years, we’ve witnessed how China, an atheist-run country, fares when it comes to human rights. Even Australia learned the hard way what happens when you elect a “moderate” atheist several years ago when they chose Julia Gillard as their Prime Minister in 2010. She and her party quickly moved to institute socialist policies and laws, like an excessive carbon tax and more government spending on healthcare, which caused their already weak economy to remain weak. By the time 2013 elections came, Australians had had enough and voted her out.

Atheists have a tendency to see themselves as their own god and that type of hubris is always dangerous for any politician to have. When you see yourself in that light, you have a tendency to be easily persuaded that others’ lives may not be as important as your own. God help us if we continue to have more Americans who don’t know history and think atheism is “cool beans,” because we’ll be in a world of hurt.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. Psalm 53:1

Source: Cathy Lynn Grossman. More Americans willing to vote for an atheist president. Religion News Service. May 20, 2014.

Harry A. Gaylord