Atheist Alliance International

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Atheism is in decline worldwide, with the number of atheists falling from 4.5% of the world’s population in 1970 to 2.0% in 2010 and projected to drop to 1.8% by 2020.[1]

Atheist Alliance International (AAI) is a global federation of atheist organizations and individuals. It was founded in 1991.

In terms of expanding global atheism as far as its percentage of world adherents, AAI has been unsuccessful (see: Global desecularization).

On July 24, 2013, CNS News reported:

Atheism is in decline worldwide, with the number of atheists falling from 4.5% of the world’s population in 1970 to 2.0% in 2010 and projected to drop to 1.8% by 2020, according to a new report by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass."[2]

From a global perspective, religion is seeing a resurgence and scholars of religious demographics frequently use the term "global resurgence of religion" to describe the process of desecularization which began in the late portion of the 20th century.[3] See also: Growth of global desecularization and Acceleration of 21st century desecularization

Atheist Alliance International website traffic according to Alexa

See also: Internet atheism

According to the web traffic tracking company Alexa, as of July 1, 2016, the Atheist Alliance Alliance website is ranked 1,372,582 in terms of its web traffic which is quite low in Alexa's ranking system. According to Alexa, as of July 2016, the AAI website had recently dropped 586,886 rankings.
According to the web traffic tracking company Alexa, as of April 4, 2017, the Atheist Alliance International website is ranked 1,643,572 in terms of its web traffic which is very low in Alexa's ranking system. It's global market share ranking has dropped since July 1, 2016.

Atheist Alliance International and its branding problem

With the exception of a minority of atheist/agnostic organizations (American Atheists, Atheist Center, Atheist Foundation of Australia, The Atheist Agenda, Seattle Atheists, etc.), most secular organizations do not use the words atheism/atheist within the name of their organizations.[4][5] Instead they use the words secular/skeptics/humanist/rationalist/freethought, etc. The reason is twofold: it enables the organizations to appeal to both atheists/agnostics and the words atheist/atheism have a bad reputation among the general public (see: Views on atheists). The new atheist Sam Harris said concerning the label of atheist, "It's right next to child molester as a designation."[6][7]

Since many societies in the world have a negative view of atheism (especially very theistic countries) an organization hoping to grow globally with the word "atheist" in its organization has a branding problem. Thus, Atheist Alliance International has a branding problem in terms of its name.

Not having the word atheist in the name of secular organization and using words like humanist/rationalist/etc. instead poses a branding problem as well since many people are not familiar with words such as humanism, rationalism, etc.[8]

Lack of significant global outreach by atheist organizations

See also: Global atheism and Global Christianity and Christian evangelism and Atheism and apathy

The Christian relief organization Feed My Starving Children has a distribution partner in Malawi, Africa. In recent years, Christianity has seen a rapid growth in Africa.[9] In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[10] Western World atheists and East Asian atheists have not engaged in a significant amount of global outreach.

The former Soviet Union had a worldwide expansionist policy as far as spreading atheistic communism.[11] The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to a spike in religious affiliation, both in Russia and in Eastern Europe.[12]

The current atheist population mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia primarily among whites.[13] See: Global atheism and Western atheism and race

The atheist population in the Western World and East Asia has not had significant outreaches to spread atheism throughout the world. Historically, Christians have made great evangelism efforts to reach every people group across the earth. In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[14] Doing overseas evangelism/outreaches, often requires significant hardships/persecution and Western atheists and East Asian atheists have been unwilling to endure such hardships in order to spread atheistic ideology (see: Atheism and hedonism).

In the United States, atheists are in the minority (See: Atheist Population). And in the United States and Canada, the general population looks very unfavorably on atheists (see: Views on atheists). In the United States/Canada, atheists are generally white.

Low awareness among atheists of the organization's existence

Dr. J. Gordon Melton said about the atheist movement (organized atheism) that atheism is not a movement which tends to create community.[15] See also: Atheist factions and Atheist organizations and Atheism and apathy

Among atheists, Atheist Alliance International has a low degree of awareness in terms of its existence. Tanya Smith, a director of Atheist Alliance International, spoke at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention. Smith stated: "Many of you may not have heard of Atheist Alliance International".[16]

Global atheism and the decline of the atheist movement

See also: Decline of the atheist movement

The agnostic Eric Kaufmann is a professor of politics at Birkbeck, University of London and author. His academic research specialty is how demographic changes affect religion/irreligion and politics.

Kaufmann wrote in 2010:

Worldwide, the march of religion can probably only be reversed by a renewed, self-aware secularism. Today, it appears exhausted and lacking in confidence... Secularism's greatest triumphs owe less to science than to popular social movements like nationalism, socialism and 1960s anarchist-liberalism. Ironically, secularism's demographic deficit means that it will probably only succeed in the twenty-first century if it can create a secular form of 'religious' enthusiasm." [17]

Onur Romano and Turkish politics

See also: Atheism vs. Islam

As of 2016, the president of AAI is Onur Romano.[18] According to AAI website, he was raised a Muslim and he "evolved into a militant atheist".[19]

Romano wants to establish the first atheist political party of Turkey and the Middle East.[20] Turkey is experiencing Islamic revivalism and Turkish public institutions, once previously staunchly secular, are shifting in favor of Islamists.[21]

Most Turkish atheists are closet atheists.[22] Atheists in Turkey belong generally belong to far-left movements.[23] See also: Atheism and politics and Secular left

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Notes

  1. Global Study: Atheists in Decline, Only 1.8% of World Population by 2020
  2. Global Study: Atheists in Decline, Only 1.8% of World Population by 2020
  3. The return of religion
  4. The Secular Directory
  5. Secular organizations
  6. Roberts, Jessica, et al. (June 19, 2007). "Interview with an atheist". News21. Retrieved on July 30, 2014.
  7. NEWSWEEK Poll: 90% Believe in God, Newsweek 2007
  8. Atheist, Humanist, Secular: Why Fight Over Labels?, Huffington Post
  9. The African apostles: How Christianity exploded in 20th-century Africa
  10. Is Christianity taking over the planet?
  11. America Coming to Terms: The Vietnam Legacy By Nguyen Anh Tuan, page 82
  12. [Global Study: Atheists in Decline, Only 1.8% of World Population by 2020] by Michael W. Chapman, CNS News, July 24, 2013 - 2:18 PM
  13. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post, May 23, 2013
  14. Is Christianity taking over the planet?
  15. Baylor ISR- J. Gordon Melton - End of Religion? (May 5, 2015)
  16. Tanya Smith - Atheist Alliance International: How Do We Change The World?
  17. Shall the religious inherit the earth? - Eric Kaufmann
  18. About AAI Board of Directors
  19. About AAI Board of Directors
  20. About AAI Board of Directors
  21. "In Turkey, Forging a New Identity". International Herald Tribune. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2016 – via The New York Times.
  22. Turkish Atheism Association starts petition calling for 'equal treatment'
  23. Turkish Atheism Association starts petition calling for 'equal treatment'