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I'm taking my stand against the christians and to lead by example of spreading our words of reason..
Where I live there is a Unitarian Universalist church, but they validate all religions and atheism to draw in people who are struggling with finding a religion. The discussion groups teach critical thinking skills that inevitably lead to atheism in a few cases. Unfortunately, most churches teach families to shun anything outside their own selections of indoctrination material.
A couple of Christmases ago someone put a Nativity scene in the Illinois Capitol building. The response was a Festivus pole (From Seinfeld) and a poster on an easel by atheists that stated non-belief. Since then, the local news media decided to not report on whether or not those things showed up again. Nobody was the wiser and religion probably won due to lack of controversy.
The point is that local mass media refused to contribute to broadcasting to the local religious population that there be even an inkling of skepticism out there. I think they should be called out on that for starters.
It helps to ask open-ended "safe" questions that get people thinking about things not directly related to religion, but that inevitably lead to questioning society as a whole.
One example would be something like "We think we are free because we can choose, but we are limited by the choices we are taught. Are you truly free?"
I really doubt that the world will ever be free from religion-even though such a thing is the closest to what I could imagine a utopia to be like. We could never enjoy the tremendous power to indoctrinate others into our ways, however, because it is the very irrationality of their creeds that enflame the lusts of irrational people to follow them. Rationality at best entices a few to join in, and at worst engenders widespread scorn and derision for depriving the many of their comforting self-deceits ("I just KNOW my little Johnny's in heaven with the angels-I just know it!").
I do think that there is a possibility for nonreligious persons to number higher in our population than previously thought, but at best I think we'll always be in the minority. But I'm glad, for one, to be in that minority-the company is better.