I have seen this reference in many poll, poll responses, and blogs spots... Thing is yeah it is fairly new but there is a reason why Atheists are suddenly so vocal, and just because we are becoming more vocal it is NOT necessarily an attack...
For many centuries it
was a punishable offense to be an atheist in the world, In fact it still
causes prejudice, in many cases people are ostracized for being openly
atheist... People have been fired from jobs, kicked out of organization
refused admittance to job and organizations for having the atheist
stance... And example 15% of the US is now estimated to be atheist, how
come there is only ONE atheist in government open about it? because
simply put the is no way in hell an open atheist would get elected in
this country... that one atheist came out after he had been elected to
Recently well known people (Richard Dawkins,
Christopher Hitchens, etc.) have stood up and said we are tired of it
and fighting back against this continued oppression (YES Oppression).
the atheists of the world have been and are still oppressed in many
areas. In some communities around the world you are still open to be
KILLED because of an atheist stance...
The reason it appears "the
'in' thing to do" is because millions of atheists who, until recently,
have been afraid to speak openly, are now coming out, like the
previously mentioned people, because of this oppression are saying "NO,
we arent taking it any longer"... They are arguing back for once
strongly and openly... they are feeling empowered and able to do so
without fear of overt retribution...
As for the whole "attacking christianity all of a sudden", that is not the case. We are vocal against all religion, even peace loving Buddhist, As religion leads to illogical conclusions, conformity to authoritarian rule, and well closed mindedness in general. I could list a whole slew of other things as well but it would be redundant. The reason it appears to be christianity is the simple fact, really...
We live in a country (countries) dominated by christians, it is who we deal with on a daily basis and what cult/sects we are most familiar with. Many of us are Ex-christians, though many believers try to play that off. SO it would stand to reason that we would talk about christianity the most.