Atheists are like the evangelicals of the late '90s, emerging as a wieldy demographic set to exert sizeable pressure on the political sphere as well as public consciousness. One big difference is that Atheists drink beer and dance.
We are contacting leading Atheists this week to see how they are not observing the holiest seven days on the Christian calendar. Frank R. Zindler, Managing Editor of American Atheist Press, said he's comforted by President Obama's open embrace of all believers and non-believers, but that challenges still lay in the path of total acceptance of atheism in the mainstream.
"It is, indeed, a relief to be living during the term of office of a president who not only acknowledges the existence of nonbelievers but recognizes them as decent citizens. We recall with more than a little bitterness the comment of President George Bush the First to Rob Sherman in Chicago, 'No, I don't think atheists should be considered citizens or patriots. This is one nation under God.'
Even so, it is too early to tell if the wall of separation between state and religion will be repaired to any significant degree or not. We still have "faith-based" services inherited from George the Second, and President Obama has not voiced any objection to the nonbinding resolution of the United Nations "outlawing" blasphemy and criticism of religions in general and Islam in particular...
While millions of Christians will be fantasizing a world of make-believe in order to escape from the problems of the real world, Atheists will be working hard to strip away the illusions that even they may entertain, in order to face head-on the problems threatening the survival of Homo sapiens as it struggles to live in this spaceship we call Earth. As they do every other weekend of the year and on all the weekdays in between, Atheists will be engaging the world's problems and trying to find solutions. But we'll also try to have some fun."