A large difficulty in researching and writing this article is that of definitions. It is important to have precise definitions when people can understand words and concepts in different ways 1, and this article involves words with various meanings and connotations.
There has been a noticeable increase in vitriol from the so-called "new" atheists (often followers of Dawkins, Harris, Dennett, Hitchens, Shermer, Nye, Krauss and others) and from evolutionists toward Christians and creationists. (I am making distinctions here because not all evolutionists are atheists, and not all Christians are creationists.) Some of us speculate that adherents of the religion of atheism 2,which has evolution as one of its cornerstones, feel threatened because evolution's flaws are exposed by Intelligent Design and creation science.
This battle is not simply intellectual, but also spiritual. From a biblical Christian perspective, atheists realize that God exists (but suppress the truth), understand that the evidence supports creation and refutes evolution, and also know that their worldview fails. Many are so wrapped up in their sin and hatred toward God and his people, they are unable to properly use reason and their thinking leads to futility. In addition, atheism is incoherent, lacking the necessary preconditions of human experience, and unable to account for knowledge — atheists ridicule presuppositional apologetics, which easily shows the absurdity of their worldviews 3.
The anger of atheists toward Christians and creationists is easily seen in the increase in ridicule, stalking, misrepresentation, personal attacks and more. People who dare to question evolution and "climate change" are called "science deniers" 4, which involves not only a straw man 5 but the fallacy of equivocation 6. Meanwhile, evolutionists are resorting to legislation, bad science and outright dishonesty to suppress honest examination of the evidence regarding evolution. Bill Nye the Ideologue Guy made remarks in his debate with Ken "There Is a Book" Ham regarding creation science as "very troubling" to him 7, and others have made similar statements 8 about being "troubled". Why is that "troubling"? Science grows through having the established order challenged and examining evidence. Or are they "troubled" so that they are motivated to take action against creationists?
It is interesting to note that old earth creationists (OECs) and theistic evolutionists (TEs) are compatible with atheists in matters of ridiculing and misrepresenting biblical creationists 9. Those of us who believe the Bible is God's Word and should not be subjected to the magisterial role of science 10 become the object of their derision, but the OECs and TEs are actually useful idiots 11 for the atheopaths.
Again, I believe this is a spiritual problem, since OECs, TEs, atheists, agnostics and others reject the authority of Scripture. Otherwise, they would see that evolution fails, creation science is the best explanation of the observed scientific evidence and that we are accountable to the Creator who is explained in the Bible. They cannot defeat us with science, so they resort to personal attacks and other ways to effectively (or even literally) silence us and "protect science" (read: "protect evolution").
Here is the first tricky word. Years ago, I was watching a talk show where the guest was Conservative author and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. A caller said that Limbaugh was a "Fascist". Rush asked the caller if he knew what that word meant, and the caller went around the question. (Limbaugh is a Conservative, and Fascists generally hate Conservatism.) People will often use the word to simply lash out: "No, I will not get out of the road, you Fascist!") The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines Fascism as: "a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition" 12. That is a workable but incomplete definition. Political Fascism demands loyalty to the state, detests Christianity (but sometimes tolerates or exploits it), unites the people against a common enemy, utilizes Darwinian principles like survival of the fittest and more 13, 14, 15.
What is paganism? This is another word with a variety of meanings. To some, it is any religion that is not Christian, Jewish, Islamic, etc. Others are more specific, that pagans can be pantheists, worship the ancient false gods and goddesses and so on 16. Fascist views and approaches are not just in politics, as there are elements of both paganism and Fascism in extreme environmentalism 17, and can be seen in the attitudes of the militant atheists. Actually, Fascism has pagan roots, and neo-Fascism sometimes incorporates these elements 18. (There are pagans who dislike and fear Fascism, and Fascists who have no interest in paganism.) It is widely known that Hitler had Norse paganism in his views 19, and is used in modern white supremacy movements 20. So, the word "pagan" can have different meanings to different people.
The common mythology is that Charles Darwin read the geology works of Charles Lyell during his journey on the Beagle, and had his "marvelous discovery" of evolution. Actually, evolution is older than Darwin. Not only did he use the works of others (including his grandfather Erasmus 21), but the concept of evolution itself is from ancient pagan religions and philosophies 22, 23. Scientists and the public will treat evolution as if it was some kind of mystical entity — which is a pagan concept 24. No wonder evolution fits into so many pagan New Age philosophies 25!
Atheists such as the dishonest Freedom From Religion Foundation are on the march to take away the rights of Christians 26, but they are being opposed by groups like the Freedom From Atheism Foundation (definitely not a Bible-based organization) 27 and others 28. Will they be enough? Fundamentalist atheists and evolutionists are gaining influence. Using the most accurate definitions of Fascism and paganism, these people have a Fascist-style attitude toward both education and legislation. Perhaps their hatred will lead them to violence. But despite the efforts of atheo-fascists, they will ultimately lose. Eternally.