Essay: 2018 will be a terrible year for atheists

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2018 is already shaping up to be a terrible year for atheist activists.


1. In January of 2018, the first major atheist conference to be held in New York City was cancelled.[1] The Atheist Underground YouTube channel indicated about the cancellation, "Atheist Conferences are failing all over the place. People need to quite trying to run an event that is just the same old thing."[2] The Atheism and the City website wrote about the cancellation of the event: "The reasons why are complicated, but it started out difficult enough. The atheist community has splintered into a million shards in recent years."[3] See: Atheist factions and Decline of the atheist movement

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.[4] See: Global atheism

2. Egypt is moving to outlaw atheism and a very prominent Islamic academic center is endorsing this move.[5] Should Egypt outlaw atheism, this will sharpen the already dim view that Islamic cultures have regarding atheists/atheism. See also: Atheism vs. Islam and Distrust of atheists

3. Since 1970, the global market share of atheists in the world has been shrinking and various trends point to this continuing in 2018. See: Global atheism statistics and Desecularization and Causes of desecularization

4. Google trends measures the interest in various words/phrases as far as Google searches over time.

As you can see below, searches for the term "atheist" has fallen in 2018 in both the world and the United States.

See also: Google trends - Atheism and agnosticism terms


  1. The Atheist Conference is Dead
  2. Another Crapy Atheist Convention? - Instead, Let’s raise money for a good cause & celebrate humanism, see description of the video below the video
  3. The Atheist Conference is Dead
  4. Global Study: Atheists in Decline, Only 1.8% of World Population by 2020
  5. Egypt Moves Ahead With Plans to Outlaw Atheism