Atheists make up 4% of the American population & 2.3% of the world's population. So statistically we're a blip.
And we have no power over the electorate. In fact, Americans report to pollsters that atheists are the people they trust the least apart from violent criminals. Atheists can't get elected to public office in 90% of congressional districts if not more. An atheist can't get elected President.
On the other hand, 78% of Americans identify themselves as Christians.
Yet millions of Christians act as if they're living in Nero's Rome, about to be fed to the lions by pagans. As if they're an embattled minority that has to fight for their rights to survive.
78% vs. 4%. Not really a fair fight.
And we're a lousy source of converts for them as proselyitize. I know a lot about this courtesy of having attended a Mormon church for the last 28 years, and Mormons proselytize heavily.
As any marketeer will tell you, your best source of customers for, say, your beer is people who drink other kinds of beer--not wine drinkers, and certainly not teetotalers.
Trying to convert atheists is exactly like beer drinkers trying to get militant non-drinkers to drink. It makes no sense, unless you're spiritually masochistic.
I notice Muslims also have this sense of being aggrieved--of being persecuted despite numbering ONE BILLION BELIEVERS.
Since Christians number over 2 billion worldwide, they have even less reason to feel persecuted--not here at least. Christians are definitely persecuted in every Muslim-dominated country, as well as being discriminated against in totalitarian countries like China and Russia (unless, in the latter case, you belong to the church Putin likes).
So...why do American Christians spend even one second thinking about what 4% of the country is up to--a 4% that enjoys zero support from 80% of the public, that has zero pull with Congress, and which is the last group a sane theist would look to for making converts.
I know a lot of religious people and they don't seem to be obsessed with atheists--but I live in a college town in Silicon Valley, which is culturally distinct from most of the country.
Can anyone clear up my confusion?
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