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19 April 2014 @ 11:27 am
 
"The bucking of religion by America's young people could be as much about cultural context as it is about religion itself. Globalization has opened us up to more information and modern tragedies have made the concept of God having a plan both laughable and insanely cruel. The turning of the tide seems to have started with our parents (who witnessed the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King and were the first generation to have the atrocities of war broadcasted directly into their living rooms through television). It's only gotten worse from there.

"My generation's formative years saw the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Columbine massacre and the falling of the Twin Towers — all highly reported events that claimed the lives of innocent people en masse. We watched our schools install metal detectors and participated in mass shooting drills where we had to hide under our desks in silence. We've realized that we're living in a financial system that fails to serve so many of us and — unlike in past centuries — we're able to talk about it globally.

"Whether it be in schools, at airports or during your own personal telephone calls, the presence of authority has recently become deafening. It makes sense that younger people are reacting against it, whether it's through the Occupy protests, the rising popularity of Marxism or the rejection of religion."

-This Is Why We're the Atheist Generation