The content of the Times on a slow day is 'God is dead!!'. But yeah, I agree - you british are somehow handling the 'waking up from religion thing' way better than americans. I would posture that it is because it's not cool in britain to be dumb, where it is cool in the american school system to not be a nerd...
Haha! Yeah. I'm at a school that has Christ in it's name, it's a charitable private school and one of the best in the country (I pay barely any fees, as do 80% of the students). I reckon at least 70% of this school are atheist. We debate religion with theists after marching into lunch in the Dining Hall and go to chapel, and rip the chaplain apart afterwards in large groups. We've gone through 3 in the last 4 years, because the last one couldn't handle the pressure of explaining himself to a load of 16 year olds better versed in philosophy than he was. Just observing how few people even cross themselves in chapel is good evidence that most of the school are barely religious.
The difference between our school and a good american faith school is that American schools attempt to teach intelligent design in the classrooms, while here in the UK we learn that in Theology and Philosophy lessons.
My school responds incredibly to religious idiocy, and even the Chaplain got involved in our recent sexual health week, and gave a speech in Chapel about the merits of loving relationships and didn't even take the opportunity to teach us how evil women are!
It's all great signs of religious forward thinking, and indeed there are only two or three crazies I can think of at this school, including one evangelical pupil who nobody talks to because all she ever talks about is God; and two fundamentalist Christian teachers (one teaches maths and the other Biology...). The Biology teacher teaches evolution and then tells us he thinks it is bollocks, more in a jokey way, and then the philosophers in the class rip him to pieces. The maths teacher is prohibited from speaking in Chapel anymore because he told us all we were going to hell and couldn't do anything about it.
This all shows that given the right teaching, inquisitive minds will learn how to question religion. The fact that we are required to take Theology and Philosophy is great, as it is an in depth discussion of the existential questions with no bias religiously or atheistically
, and as a result more people than usual see the fallacy inherent in religion.
I take pride in the fact that in future, this large percentage of atheists is going to be a load of people high up in the country. One of my best friends is so good at maths, he's doing Cambridge and Oxford level past exam papers and getting near to 100%, he's still 16. My Girlfriend, if she gets her grades, wil be going to one of the best universities in the world for English. I know people who aspire to be prime-minister, and one of them I will eat my hat if he isn't... I know people wanting to be research chemists, entrepreneurs, nuclear physicists working at CERN and barristers. All of them are strongly atheist.
Here at least, things are going the right way. I hope that is a tiny source of comfort to some of you guys trapped in a world of insanity.
Hell, just looking at comments posted on BBC News online vs. comments posted on Yahoo news online tells the whole story of which nation has more brains... I need to be a zombie
As I described above, the UK looks like it will be okay. I am sure though, that one day the USA will be just as secular. It just requires patience and diligence on our part to make sure we push for a better society, that is fair and just and not based on stupidly outdated moral codes and fervour for an omnipresent dick.