Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cancellation of the 2018 Global Atheist Convention called a massive blow to the Atheist Foundation of Australia

In my previous post, I wrote about the cancellation of the 2018 Global Atheist Convention which was sponsored by the Atheist Foundation of Australia (see: The 2018 Global Atheist Convention has been cancelled. Substantially lower ticket sales was given as the reason. ).

Robert Martin from Melbourne’s City Bible Forum indicated about the cancellation of the 2018 Global Atheist Convention: "This is a massive blow to the Atheist Foundation as an organisation and to organised atheism in Australia. Where to next? What do they stand for?”

According to Martin, fragmentation within today's atheist movement in Australia is a key reason that the convention may have been difficult to sell. 

2016  Reason Rally was a failure in terms of attendance

Monday, November 6, 2017

The 2018 Global Atheist Convention has been cancelled. Substantially lower ticket sales was given as the reason. The boring nature of atheist conferences was not mentioned



The 2018 Global Atheist Convention has been cancelled.,

 According to the Atheist Foundation of Australia, Inc.
The Convention Committee secured Victorian government funding, a great program of speakers and the same venue that housed the successful 2010 and 2012 conventions. With those elements, the AFA proceeded with the Convention. However, ticket sales have been substantially below expectations and below the levels for previous conventions, so, unfortunately, the Convention cannot proceed.
In the article Atheists are boring snoozefests. Incontrovertible proof!, I wrote about how boring atheists/atheism are/is. 
 The atheist Jeremiah Traeger wrote about atheist conferences:  
"As for conferences, I could imagine a number of reasons why they are getting smaller. Isn’t it possible that atheism, as a movement, just isn’t really as exciting or novel as it was 7 or 10 years ago?" 

The atheist Jerry Coyne said about atheist conferences which he attended:
But to me the speakers and talks have often seemed repetitive: the same crew of jet-set skeptics giving the same talks. 
...a few things bothered me, most notably the air of self-congratulation( which I excused on the grounds of enthusiastic people finding like-minded folks for the first time), the “fanboyness” directed at some of the famous atheists (they hardly let poor Richard alone, and I’m not sure he liked that!), and the lameness of quite a few of the talks. Again, how much new can you say about atheism?[

Atheist David Smalley wrote relating to atheist infighting: "And we wonder why we’re losing electionslosing funding, and our conferences are getting smaller."

In 2017, The atheist activist Lee Moore said about atheist conferences, "Most conferences are gone now.They're either gone or in some kind of life support form."

Friday, November 3, 2017

Atheist activist Seth Andrews keeps seeing reports on social media and the media that the atheist movement is dying


The atheist activist Seth Andrews indicated that when looks around on social media and the media he is seeing reports that the atheist movement is dying. 

In his video entitled Is the atheist movement dying? Andrews declared:
You know lately when I look around on social media and in the media in general really. I see these proclamations. Proclamations that the atheist movement is on life support. It's dying. It's probably beyond saving. 
Now I know some people out there are very weary of all the public infighting and the squabbling and the division and just the general nastiness out there between various camps. And I totally get that. I totally get it. 
Some people draw a big circle around New Atheism... And they declare New Atheism is dead or it's dying or irrelevant or whatever... 
As an atheist activist myself, I can understand myself why some activists have just left the party... 
They just got tired of it. All the politics and the posturing and the trolls and the bad faith operators out there. They have seen first hand that atheists are not immune to scandal, to ugliness to irrationality. To this unhealthy rage.

 In 2017, the atheist activist Lee Moore declared about American atheist organizations:
If you look at the major atheist groups right now, like the national groups, the ones that are doing the real activist work... They are not bringing in the kind of donations they used to. Most of them are starved for cash. They're downsizing left and right. Because people aren't just giving like they used to. And I talked to a lot of the major donors out there and they said, "Well, we're kind of tired of seeing the atheist community just fight amongst itself and not really get anything done. We'd rather not give money if we don't think it's going to go somewhere.








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Atheism, loneliness and depression



The atheist activist Seth Andrews candidly admitted: "Religion does community and activism and it does it really well."

The atheist Guy Stagg wrote in The Telegraph:
It shows that, although secularists have realised that they cannot simply be defined by opposition to religion, nevertheless they have little to offer in its place. Crucially the secular tradition has no successful institutions to preserve and spread its principles. 
This is something that few secularists admit: atheism is quite lonely. Not just existentially, but socially as well. Secularism does not offer the sense of fellowship you find in religion. Watching old Christopher Hitchensdebates on YouTube with a like-minded sceptic is entertaining, but I doubt it's as nourishing as Sunday Mass.

National Public Radio interviewed the African-American atheist Jamila Bey and the host of the interview said:
...for a couple of centuries, African-American culture has been imbued with Christianity. The church figured prominently in both the abolitionist and civil rights movements. And today in many communities, the Christian church continues to be the nucleus of black life. 
So, what about the black nonbelievers? It's one isolating experience, according to Jamila Bey.
In December 2003, the University of Warwick reported:
Dr. Stephen Joseph, from the University of Warwick, said: "Religious people seem to have a greater purpose in life, which is why they are happier. Looking at the research evidence, it seems that those who celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas are on the whole likely to be happier.
The website Adherents.com reported about atheism and suicide:
Pitzer College sociologist Phil Zuckerman compiled country-by-country survey, polling and census numbers relating to atheism, agnosticism, disbelief in God and people who state they are non-religious or have no religious preference. These data were published in the chapter titled "Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns" in The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, ed. by Michael Martin, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK (2005). In examining various indicators of societal health, Zuckerman concludes about suicide:"Concerning suicide rates, this is the one indicator of societal health in which religious nations fare much better than secular nations. According to the 2003 World Health 
Organization's report on international male suicides rates (which compared 100 countries), of the top ten nations with the highest male suicide rates, all but one (Sri Lanka) are strongly irreligious nations with high levels of atheism. It is interesting to note, however, that of the top remaining nine nations leading the world in male suicide rates, all are former Soviet/Communist nations, such as Belarus, Ukraine, and Latvia. Of the bottom ten nations with the lowest male suicide rates, all are highly religious nations with statistically insignificant levels of organic atheism.




Friday, October 27, 2017

Internet SJW/feminist atheism may have peaked in 2017. Internet SJW/feminist atheism may now be in decline

SJW is an acronym for the disparaging term social justice warrior.  Social justice warriors are leftists/progressives/feminists.

In 2017, the atheist group Mythicist Milwaukee invited anti-SJW atheists to their September 30th Mythcon 2017 conference.

In November of 2016, the right leaning politician Donald Trump won the presidency. In 2017, European right-wing parties achieved gains.

Internet SJW/feminist atheism may have peaked in 2017. Now it may be in decline.

Below are some Alexa graphs for some leading SJW/feminists atheism  websites.

RationalWiki may have seen a rise in their web traffic in 2017 due to a better server(s) and/or making their website more mobile friendly. In addition. in 2017 they may have experienced a post Donald Trump election SJW rage bounce in traffic. If they did enjoy a such a post election bounce, it appears as if it might prove to be merely a temporary bounce.

Alexa graph for RationalWiki.org:





Alexa graph for Freethougthblogs.com


Alexa graph for feminist website Skepchicks.org


In 2017, as far as his website, the feminist atheist Aron Ra lost global market share according to Alexa (see: Aron Ra - Alexa ).

In August 2016, it was reported that the SJW YouTube atheist Steve Shives hid his Social Blade YouTube stats because he was losing subscribers (see: Steve Shives hid his SocialBlade stats ).

Did boorish and socially challenged, atheist men discourage feminist atheists from being active on the internet? See: Atheism and social/interpersonal intelligence and Elevatorgate and Atheism and women

Atheist social justice warrior vs. Christian 




SJW Celebrates Donald Trump's Presidential Victory

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Atheist Aron Ra indicates the atheist movement is dead. Now that that Aron Ra has surrendered....


Aron Ra is an atheist vlogger. Aron Ra is also a former president of the Atheist Alliance of America, In addition, he is a former Texas state-director of the American Atheists.

Aron Ra has surrendered! 

In 2017, Aron Ra wrote to some of his fellow atheists: "...since ya'll have effectively killed what was left of the atheist movement" (For details, please see the YouTube video at: AronRa Claims Mythcon Killed The Atheist Movement || Facebook Comments).

Aron is not the first to indicate/suggest that the atheist movement is dead as can be seen by the articles below: 


Now that Aron Ra has admitted defeat and has officially surrendered, it is time for all poseur atheists to admit that deep down there are no atheists and at best there are merely poseur agnostics.   And deep down poseur agnostics know that God exists as they just have to looked out their windows to see God's majestic handiwork. Does not a painting demand the existence of a painter? 

Atheism, as defined by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and other philosophy reference works, is the denial of the existence of God.  Paul Edwards, who was a prominent atheist and editor of the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, defined an atheist as "a person who maintains that there is no God." See also: Definition of atheism    

What proof and evidence do "atheists" have that God does not exist?  Checkmate poseur atheists!

Of course, we know the next step after an  "atheist" surrenders. He becomes a Christian young earth creationist!!! Congratulations Aron Ra, you are moving forward in your life.


By the way, Mr. Ra as a politically left leaning American, what do you think of your new president - President Donald J, Trump? And have you noticed that European politics is now quickly shifting to the right? 

The circle is almost complete Mr. Ra, Soon you will become a Christian young earth creationist and a right-wing Republican. Utter annihilation awaits your errant secular leftist movements.  Completely surrender now! 

Mr. Ra, if you surrender all to Jesus now, God will give you the strength to slim down your portly godless figure.

I Surrender All lyrics

All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live


All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at His feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me, Jesus, take me now,
I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Savior
I surrender all
All to Jesus I surrender
Make me Savior wholly thine
May Thy Holy Spirit fill me
May I know Thy power divine
I surrender all








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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Are Baptists beginning to recognize that atheist ideology is going to be a smaller threat to the Christian community in the future?

In a previous post, I wrote: 
In 2017, the atheist vlogger AronRa wrote to some of his fellow atheists: "...since ya'll have effectively killed what was left of the atheist movement" (For details, please see the YouTube video at: AronRa Claims Mythcon Killed The Atheist Movement || Facebook Comments). 

Are the Baptists starting to recognize that atheist ideology is going to eventually going to be a smaller threat to the Christian community in the future?

On September 27, 2017, the Baptist Press reported:
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has created a single master of divinity degree in apologetics in its Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry, consolidating two current apologetics programs. 
Douglas K. Blount, professor of Christian apologetics at SBTS since 2015, will chair the Billy Graham School's new Department of Apologetics and World Religions. The seminary has had two separate apologetics concentrations -- one each in the school of theology and the Billy Graham School... 
The seminary also will offer a M.Div. concentration in Islamic studies led by Ayman Ibrahim, Bill and Connie Jenkins Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Seminary, along with a master of arts in apologetics and the current M.A. in Islamic studies. 
Greenway projected that the new apologetics department will become one of Southern's premier programs, drawing on the "strength of our institution from top to bottom." 
The ultimate goal of the apologetics department is to train students not just to win intellectual arguments, but to have a concern for building the church, he said. The department will seek to equip pastors and teachers to be on the front line of engagement -- not just with non-believers or atheists, but also people of other faiths in an increasingly pluralistic culture.
According to the 2011 UK Census, 2.7 million Muslims live in England/Wales which is up by almost 1 million from the prior census, where Muslims form 5.0% of the general population and about 9% of children under the age of five (see: 2011 Census: Religion -local authorities in England and Walesand
The Daily Telegraph: "Almost a tenth of babies and toddlers in England and Wales are Muslim, census figures show" By Keith Perry, 2003)

Please see our previous May  2017 post entitled: Anglicanism, Evangelical Christianity,charismatic/pentecostal Christianity and Islam are growing in the UK. Non-religious portion of the UK sees a decline