On the heels of a Newsweek article I already blogged about, the New York Times has published one of its own, and the Internet is again buzz:

More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops

More than ever, America’s atheists are linking up and speaking out — even here in South Carolina, home to Bob Jones University, blue laws and a legislature that last year unanimously approved a Christian license plate embossed with a cross, a stained glass window and the words “I Believe” (a move blocked by a judge and now headed for trial).

They are connecting on the Internet, holding meet-ups in bars, advertising on billboards and buses, volunteering at food pantries and picking up roadside trash, earning atheist groups recognition on adopt-a-highway signs.

This Times article reads like a breathless discovery of a previously-unknown movement which is of surprisingly vast proportions. I’m sorry but this sort of thing is just bizarre. Atheism is not new, and no one in the mass media should be acting as if it were (not even the Religious Right’s publicity arm, Fox News).

Nonetheless they’re acting as though it is.

This is another of those cases where I have no idea what’s going on, and no amount of speculation about it makes any sense. If someone out there knows something about this, I’d appreciate more information.

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