What we’re probably witnessing is a transition stage. The hardcore naturalistic atheism that blurs into scientism is largely favored by the old atheists who are soon to pass away. Think of it as dinosaur atheism. In contrast, more and more of this new and upcoming generation of atheists embrace The Satanic Temple and its rituals (which clearly blurs the distinction between secular and religious), is more likely to incorporate some elements of astrology into their life, and more likely to speak favorably of witchcraft and other forms of the occult.
Well, a few days ago, the popular Friendly Atheist site posted a blog entry entitled, “A Satanic Yule Goat Has Been Put Up Outside the Michigan State Capitol.” The blog gleefully reports on a ritual of The Satanic Temple in Michigan. They even post a video of parts of the ritual, warning people it is NSFW. That’s because the video is mostly naked women smearing fake blood all over themselves (for some reason, it’s all naked women). And remember, The Satanic Temple is supposed to be made up of atheists.