Essay: July 2, 2011: The day the atheism movement died on the information superhighway

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July 2, 2011 is the day that the atheist movement died on the information superhighway.

Militant atheists gave mouth the mouth resuscitation to the dead carcass of the atheist movement, but it was to no avail.

Christianity has the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. Atheists merely have the dead atheist movement.

Numerous atheists have declared that the "atheist movement is dead" or that it is dying.[1] In 2019, a writer at Freethought Blogs wrote: "Last month I looked at some postmortems of the atheist movement...".[2] See also: Morale of the atheist movement

The new atheist Richard Dawkins is still widely criticized for igniting deep fractures in the atheist movement through his Elevatorgate scandal (see: Decline of the atheist movement and Atheist factions).

For example, on November 26, 2013, the atheist activist and blogger Jen McCreight posted at Twitter the message: "Did anyone on Dawkins AMA ask how he feels about singlehandedly destroying the atheist movement with the Dear Muslima yet?"[3] In December of 2013, atheist Jack Vance at Atheist Revolution called July 2, 2011, which is the day that Elevatorgate occurred, "The day the atheist movement died."[4]

On July 24, 2020, the atheist PZ Myers wrote about atheism: "Deep rifts, ongoing fragmentation, and crumbling reputations seems to be the order of the day in atheism."[5] See also: Atheist organizations and scandals and Atheist scandals

Yes, my atheist friends, July 2, 2011 is the day that the atheist movement died on the information superhighway. I did not come to honor the atheism movement in this essay, but to bury it. Those whose movement's come alive by the information superhighway, die by the information superhighway.

Conservapedia helped cause the atheist movement to die on the information superhighway

Rebecca Watson is the atheist feminist who fought with Richard Dawkins during the Elevatorgate scandal.

Prior to the Elevatorgate scandal, which was a scandal involving the New Atheist Richard Dawkins vs. feminists, Monica Shores' Ms. Magazine article titled Will “New Atheism” Make Room For Women? criticized the News Atheism movement for being sexist.[6] She also cited Conservapedia in her article and indicated: "The lack of lady presence is so visible that Conservapedia commented on it by noting that Dawkins’ website overwhelmingly attracts male visitors."[6]

In addition, prior to Elevatorgate, Conservapedia created the Richard Dawkins and women and Atheism and women articles.

Conservapedia helped put Richard Dawkins on the feminist radar!

Post Elevatorgate controversy, the new atheist Richard Dawkins has seen a significant loss of public influence (see: Richard Dawkins' loss of influence).

Google Trends data for atheism and agnosticism terms: Period 2004 to May 8, 2021

See also: Google trends - Atheism and agnosticism terms

Google Trends shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume. It provides Google search volume data across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Below is a graph of Google Trends data for atheism and agnosticism terms from the period of 2004 to May 8, 2021.

Google Trends shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume. It provides Google search volume data across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

Above is a graph of Google Trends data for atheism and agnosticism terms from the period of 2004 to May 8, 2021.

Internet atheism: A mere shadow of its former self

See also: Internet atheism

The article Internet atheism: The thrill is gone! points out that internet atheism has been in a significant slump since 2011.

In the early part of the 21st century, atheists were very active on the internet.[7] However, by 2008 there began a marked decline in internet atheism (see: Internet atheism web traffic volume).[8]

Numerous atheists have declared that the "atheist movement is dead" or that it is dying (see: Decline of the atheist movement).[9] In 2019, a writer at Freethought Blogs wrote: "Last month I looked at some postmortems of the atheist movement...".[10] See also: Morale of the atheist movement

Division is widespread among atheists (see: Atheist factions).

Atheism tends not to create community and most atheists are apathetic (See: Atheism and apathy and Atheism and loneliness).

Christian organizations have been significantly more successful than atheist organizations as far as evangelizing via the internet (see: Internet evangelism: Christians vs. atheists).

Internet atheism web traffic levels

See: Internet atheism web traffic volume

During the period of 2008 to 2012, the atheist community made a concerted effort to spread atheism through means of the internet. However, leading atheist websites saw plunges in web traffic during the latter period of this time.[8]

PZ Myers is one of the more active bloggers at Freethought Blogs.

In 2016, an article entitled 2015 was a terrible year for internet atheism featured Alexa web traffic graphs which indicated that some prominent atheist websites lost a significant portion of their global market share.[11] Since 2012, Freethought Blogs (a collection of atheist bloggers) saw a significant decline in its web traffic.[12]

An article entitled Internet atheism: The thrill is gone! declares: "In 2007, the Bible believer Chuck Norris noted that atheists were making a concerted effort to spread atheism via the internet. As you you will soon see via the graphs below, it has been an abysmal failure! The atheist community flooded the internet with a lot of shallow, ill-reasoned fluff that many in the public quickly dismissed."[13]

For more information see: Internet atheism - post 2007 market share loss

In 2007, WorldNetDaily featured a column by Chuck Norris concerning atheism and the internet which declared:

Atheists are making a concerted effort to win the youth of America and the world. Hundreds of websites and blogs on the Internet seek to convince and convert adolescents, endeavoring to remove any residue of theism from their minds and hearts by packaging atheism as the choice of a new generation. While you think your kids are innocently surfing the Web, secular progressives are intentionally preying on their innocence and naïveté.

What's preposterous is that atheists are now advertising and soliciting on websites particularly created for teens...[7]

Atheism internet outreach efforts, however, have been very ineffective.

Decline of YouTube atheism

See also: YouTube atheism

In December 2015, a video entitled What Killed YouTube Atheism? was released giving a number of reasons YouTube atheism saw a big decline.

A December 2015 video entitled How Feminism destroyed 'New Atheism', YouTube atheist/evolutionist Thunderf00t pointed out that merely 2 out of 7 YouTube atheist/evolutionist channels that he plugged in the past are now active.[14]

Atheists had too many eggs in the Richard Dawkins basket

See also: Essay: Richard Dawkins decapitated the atheist movement and Atheism and leadership and Decapitation (military and political strategy)

The Encyclopedia of War declares: "The strategy of disrupting or defeating an enemy by eliminating its military and political leadership, “decapitating” the army or society, has long been practiced in conflicts and advocated by strategists as diverse as Sun Tzu and Machiavelli. See: Decapitation (military and political strategy)

The principal benefit of decapitation is that much can be gained, immediately, from a limited operation. Removing leaders can bring victory in battle, decisively turn a campaign, or cause an entire country to fall. There are weaknesses inherent in this strategy, however; its success seems dependent on the specific context in which it is employed."[15]

Military snipers reduce the enemy's fighting ability by killing/injuring officers (and other high-value targets) and by demoralizing the enemy.[16]

Richard Dawkins was the most prominent of the "four horsemen" of the New Atheism movement.

Much to the dismay of many Western, militant atheists, once Richard Dawkins largely destroyed his public influence and sparked major dissension within the atheist movement, he effectively decapitated the atheist movement.

Within 5 years of Elevatorgate, the atheist movement was very demoralized (see: Morale of the atheist movement and Secular leftists and psychogenic illness).

Atheist movement: I'm melting

The atheist David Smalley said about the atheist movement: "We're eating our own... We’re disintegrating."[17] See also: Atheism and cannibalism

Is history repeating itself? 2 Chronicles 20: 22-23. Keep the Christian choirs singing!

After User: Conservative helped get the feminists irritated at Richard Dawkins, it was just a matter of time before the feminists caught up to Dawkins and helped him make some missteps

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After being conquered by feminists, Richard Dawkins told a reporter: “I feel muzzled, and a lot of other people do as well,” he continued. “There is a climate of bullying, a climate of intransigent thought police which is highly influential in the sense that it suppresses people like me.”[18]

Question: Do real men complain about being bullied by women? Did John Wayne ever complain about being bullied by women?

For more information, please see: Richard Dawkins is conquered and muzzled by women
Would Napoleon Bonaparte complain about being bullied by women?

After Richard Dawkins' Elevatorgate scandal, which was his Waterloo, Dawkins further disgraced godlessness by whining that he was bullied by feminist women.[19]

For more information, please see: Unlike Napoléon Bonaparte, Richard Dawkins failed to take his Waterloo like a man

Alexa ranking of Richard Dawkins' website

See also: Alexa rankings of Richard Dawkins' website

According to Alexa, Richard Dawkins website lost a large amount of its global market share during to period between 2010 and the beginning portion of 2012.
In 2016, Richard Dawkins' website lost a considerable amount of global market share according to the web traffic tracking company Alexa.
In 2015, Richard Dawkins' website fell in terms of its Alexa ranking.
In the latter half of 2016, Richard Dawkins' website saw a significant decline in its Alexa ranking.
In 2016 and the in the beginning portion of 2017, the global internet market share of of Richard Dawkins' website has been falling according to the web traffic tracking company Alexa.
In March of 2017, according to Alexa, Richard Dawkins' website was experiencing a steep decline in terms of its global market share.
In April of 2017, according to Alexa, Richard Dawkins' website continued to experience a steep decline in terms of its global market share.
In June of 2017, Richard Dawkins' website continued its trend of a declining Alexa ranking. As of June 23, 2017, Richard Dawkins' website was the 138,009th most popular website in the world according to Alexa.
On September 4, 2017, according to Alexa, Richard Dawkins' website was the 133,104th most popular website in the world.
On November 27, 2017, Richard Dawkins' website was the 158,206th most popular website in the world.

His website was losing global market share in the latter quarter of 2017.
On November 9, 2018, Richard Dawkins' website was the 190,708th most popular website in the world according to Alexa.

Compared to 2017, Richard Dawkins' website lost global market share according to Alexa.
On November 1, 2020, Richard Dawkins' website was the 194,776th most popular website in the world according to Alexa.

On November 1, 2020, the daily time on his website for an average web visitor to his website was 1 minute and 36 seconds according to Alexa.

2021 Alexa rankings of Richard Dawkins' website

On November 26, 2021, Richard Dawkins' website was the 428,287th most popular website in the world according to Alexa.

October 23, 2021: The day the atheism movement roadkill was scraped off the information superhighway and put in a grave

RationalWiki (RW) is a politically left leaning website that skews towards atheism/agnosticism in terms of its worldview.

On October 23, 2021, RationalWiki fell below the top 100,000 most popular websites on the worldwide web according to web traffic tracking company Alexa. Specifically, on October 23, 2021, RationalWiki was ranked the 100,814th most popular website in the world.

On October 23, 2021, RationalWiki's website indicates: "Also since 2013, RW's Alexa rank (a measure accurate only in a broad sense) has hovered between 15,000th and 25,000th most popular website on the entire Internet...".[20] One again, atheists engage in deceit! See: Atheism and deception

However, on October 23, 2021, RationalWiki did correctly point out that RationalWiki was more popular than skeptic websites such as Freethought Blogs and Skeptoid which currently rank the 111,152th and 468,630th most popular websites in the world by Alexa.[21]

October 23, 2021 is the day that the atheist movement was buried on the information superhighway. See also: Decline of the atheist movement and Decline of the secular left
On November 26, 2021, the web traffic tracking company Alexa ranked RationalWiki the 110,759th most popular website in the world. As can be seen above, in 2021 RationalWiki experienced a dramatic fall in terms of its global popularity.

Also, let it be known that 2021 is the WORST year in the history of atheism.

For more information, please see: RationalWiki and web traffic

November 3, 2016: A very demoralizing day for secular leftists

See also: Secular leftists and psychogenic illness and Donald Trump and American atheists and Decline of the secular left

The website Marketwatch reported concerning the aftermath of the 2016 presidential race: Donald Trump’s win is causing a surge in demand for mental health services.[22] See: Secular leftists and psychogenic illness
"America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer." - President Donald Trump[23]

In 2019, John Feffer wrote at the left leaning The Nation:

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the 'pink tide' of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere...

In this planet-wide rising tide of right-wing populism, the liberal left commands only a few disconnected islands — Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Uruguay... Worse, crafty operators with even more ambitious agendas stand ready to destroy the liberal status quo once and for all."[24]

Many leftists/liberals were extremely upset/angry that Donald Trump won the 2016 U.S presidential race and that anger has lingered.[25][26]

At the 2018 American Atheists National Convention, the ex-president of the American Atheists organization David Silverman declared about the atheist movement post President Donald Trump's election:

It is a hard time to be an atheist activist. This has affected us. And it has affected our community...

...it has really affected us. We are suffering a level of defeatism that I have never seen before...

We feel the loss. And we feel like we have lost. We feel like we lost the election... We see this cascade of attack coming down at us over and over from all different directions and we feel like it's over. I have heard so many times it makes me sick. It makes me sad. It feels like we lost.

The apathy that follows. It doesn't matter. We can't win anyways. It's useless to fight. This apathy is infecting us. It's hurting us.

And people are reacting to each other now. And so that is causing a division. Lots and lots of division in our movement. Hard, bad division... And that has resulted in a splintering and factioning of the movement that I have never seen before and none of us have.

In other words, we're in a bad situation and it's getting worse.[27]

The Religion News Service reported:

For the last decade, atheists, humanists and others secularists have worked hard to organize a “secular vote” that would counter the political clout of the religious right.

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s victory dealt that movement a body blow when he garnered 81 percent of the white evangelical vote and 60 percent of the white Catholic vote. Mormons, too, voted overwhelmingly for Trump.

Despite Trump’s not being a particularly religious person, his platform was seen as anti-secular in many atheist and humanist circles. He said he would appoint religiously conservative Supreme Court justices, ban Muslim immigrants, favor Christianity and repeal the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits certain tax-exempt organizations from endorsing political candidates — issues antithetical to organized atheism and humanism.[28]

2020 was a very bad year for atheism. VERY, VERY BAD. HORRIBLE

Theme music for the death of the atheist movement on the information superhighway

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References

  1. The ghost of atheist past, Freethought Blogs
  2. Jennifer McCreight on Twitter about the Elevatorgate scandal destroying the atheist movement, Jen McCreight, Twitter
  3. The Day the Atheist Movement Died by Jack Vance at Atheist Revolution
  4. I don’t even know what’s going on in atheism anymore by PZ Myers
  5. 6.0 6.1 Will “New Atheism” Make Room For Women by Monica Shores, Ms. Magazine, 2010
  6. 7.0 7.1 https://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55789
  7. 8.0 8.1 Internet atheism: The thrill is gone!
  8. The ghost of atheist past, Freethought Blogs
  9. 2015 was a terrible year for internet atheism
  10. Freethoughtblog.com uses Quantcast to measure their web traffic and the demograghhics of their web visitors - Click to see report
  11. Internet atheism and skepticism: The thrill is gone!
  12. How Feminism destroyed 'New Atheism'
  13. Decapitation strategy, Gideon Brough, Alun D. Williams
  14. Plaster, Maj. John L. (2007). The History of Sniping and Sharpshooting (2007 ed.). Paladin Press. ISBN 978-1-58160-632-4.
  15. Reasonably Controversial: How the Regressive Left Is Killing the Atheist Movement by David Smalley
  16. Richard Dawkins stands by remarks on sexism, pedophilia, Down syndrome, by Kimberly Winston | Religion News Service November 18, 2014 and syndicated to the Washington Post
  17. Richard Dawkins stands by remarks on sexism, pedophilia, Down syndrome, by Kimberly Winston | Religion News Service November 18, 2014 and syndicated to the Washington Post
  18. RationalWiki article at RationalWki
  19. RationalWiki article at RationalWki
  20. Trump’s win is causing a surge in demand for mental health services, Marketwatch 2016
  21. President Donald J. Trump Stands Up For Religious Freedom In The United States, WhiteHouse.gov, May 3, 2018
  22. Combating the New Right by John Feffer, The Nation, May 13, 2019
  23. The Shocking Intolerance of Anti-Trump Liberals by Katrina Trinko, November 10, 2016, The Daily Signal
  24. The Crazy Left’s 4-Step Strategy To Ensure Trump’s Re-Election In 2020, By Daniel Payne JANUARY 20, 2017, The Federalist
  25. David Silverman - How the Mighty Get Back Up
  26. Dealt a body blow, atheists and humanists regroup by Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service, November 9, 2016