I was raised "freethinker." Nobody at school knew what that meant, and I had a hard time explaining it, since I wasn't sure what the alternative was.
The "atheists discredited" deadline hath come!
Yikes, I hadn't even realized that atheism's most momentous date was upon us!
No, not Darwin Day. That's all very fine and well (happy birthday Chuck; love your Origin book); what I'm talking about is Discreditation Day. You know, February 9th, 2009, the day by which, according to "Professor" John A. Davison,
...Pharyngula, Panda’s Thumb, EvC, RichardDawkins.net and Uncommon Descent will all have so completely degenerated as to become nothing but embarrassing footnotes in the history of internet communication. I also predict that P.Z. Myers and Richard Dawkins will have so embarrassed their home institutions that overt attempts will have been initiated to have their tenures revoked on the grounds of moral turpitude and seeking to overthrow the government... Fortunately for them, by that date, February 9, 2009, the physical destruction of our civilization will have proceeded to such a degree that thinking people will no longer be concerned about intellectual trash like Richard Dawkins and P.Z. Myers.
Finally, the long-awaited Judgement Day has arrived! And by the look of things... uh, nothing's happened. Well, that's not quite true. Atheism is stronger than ever. Richard Dawkins remains in huge demand as a speaker, as he sells his zillionth copy of The God Delusion and other books. PZ Myers continues to rule the blogosphere.
Atheists grow louder and more visible by the day, initiating public campaigns to proclaim their non-faith on billboards and buses. Even the American populace had the smarts to reject Bible Party candidates and, if not yet place a professed atheist in the White House, elect a president who was raised in an atheist household and openly acknowledges the rights of non-believers. (On the other side of the fence, the big, noisy anti-Darwin film Expelled flopped as it brought even more attention to the atheists it misquoted.)
So. The day has come, and it appears that John A. Davison's prognostication had all the accuracy of Biblical prediction. Prominent atheists, far from fading away by this date, grow in fame.
Incidentally, who is this John A. Davison, the man who predicted prominent atheists sinking to the level of unknown nobodies? As of February 9, 2009, I have no idea.