I recently was led to the statistic that 15% of Americans self-declare as atheist or "no god" or "agnostic". FIFTEEN. That's huge. And while I realize that religion is a choice, whereas other groupings (race, sex, sexual preference) are not, still, 15% is a sizable minority. And I found myself picturing a future in which...
Atheist Eye for the Christian Guy...Five fabulous atheists, experts in the fields of logic, debate, reasoning and skepticism, are unleashed upon a Christian whose friends or loved ones believe he needs to be a bit less... righteous. The guy is trained to think for himself, gets a good set of books to read, and acquires a sense of humor! Note: He's still going to be a Christian, he's just not going to be annoying!
The Compounds is an animated situation comedy focusing on the lives of the Freethink family. Elementary-school aged atheist brothers Sartre and Atticus Freethink have been moved by their Granddad Robert from their university town in the northest to the quiet, almost completely Christian suburb of Woodcrest, Alabama. Less controversial than the comic strip that inspired it, the Compounds nevertheless raises some hackles... and some laughter!!
The A Word is a television drama series on Showtime that portrays the apathy, ambivalence, and anger of a group of atheist and agnostic people and their acquaintances in Austin.
Like any other minority group, atheists will also be given token roles on major television shows, providing comic relief for the most part, but also providing touching insights into the subtle (and not-so-subtle!) challenges faced by atheists. In one particularly memorable episode, the atheist doctor on whatever the hit medical drama is will reveal to the other doctors that in fact it is offensive to atheists when doctors talk about heaven, and maybe he'll even add that this is why he became a doctor, because seeing the poor little atheist kids grow up without the false promise of an afterlife has something something something. Still hammering out the details. In real life, the actor who portrays the atheist will have "candid" pictures of himself taken going in and out of some place of worship or another. Alternately, the atheist character will be played by an atheist, who will then be assumed to speak for all atheists everywhere whenever she opens her mouth. There will be a big fuss about how she was hired entirely for her acting ability and not to fill some "quota", which will be entirely true since there is no quota to ensure that what you see on your screen bears any relationship to the world you actually live in.