The atheist movement seems to be losing ground as its adherents grow in number. I propose that this will continue until everybody who counts has no supernatural beliefs, and atheism as a movement is dead.
Here's why. How many of you grew up religious? (You may put your hand down.) How many grew up in a culture saturated with religion? How many, listening to adult conversation, remember on a first meeting "So what church do you go to?" I suspect quite a few.
Do you still live in that culture? If so, you probably feel very much in the minority there in your red state. You have in mind how you will answer, and you may use that plan several times a week.
But if you live in a secular culture, surrounded by people to whom religion is an afterthought, if that, it's different. How long do you go without hearing any of the religion words: church, god, believe, pray, jesus, heaven, and the like? Quite a while? How often do you hear atheist, agnostic, unbeliever, unchurched? Rarely?
Now picture a culture in which most church buildings have become bingo parlors, or bars, vacant lots, or Walmarts. How important is being an atheist now? What do you teach your children about religion?
How often are they asked about their supernatural beliefs? My guess is if they are, it's in relation to the newest imitation Harry Potter series.
So atheism as a movement is dead. That doesn't mean nobody's a non-believer. Quite the contrary; almost nobody worships any more.
We won. Somebody pick up the ball and we'll go home.
A better world? I would think so.