From 1990 to 2000 I was a Neo-Pagan.
During this period I was a Rune Caster. I created my own Runes...any Witch must create their own tools...Aleister Crowley, the self proclaims 666 Antichrist...through the Golden Dawn sect of the early 19th Century...taught that every practitioner had to create their own set of Tarot Cards...the divination, oracle function of the Witch, whether Gardnerian or Buckley breed, had to create their own sacred tools.
This extended from the typical Altar composed of the Four Elements of the Tetragrammaton...the YHWH name of God from the Jewish Scriptures and the mythic King Solomon...the Sword, the Lance, the Platen and the Grail...forged by Tubal Cain in the Second Generation from a meteorite...to the deeper understanding of these Four Sacred Objects, the Tetragrammaton that embodies and fuels all esoterica including the modern emergence of the Old Religion following the legalization of witchcraft in the United Kingdom after WW II...The Da Vinci Code only scratches the surface of the history of Occultism in the Western World...
Jewish Scripture forbids the saying aloud of the YHWH and instead inserts the word for The Lord. This is basic Demonology...to Know the Demon's Name is to have power over It for casting purposes.
The Runes and their casting was my preferred method of divination...every witch must have a divination tool. I studied the original Rune Poem...
and created my own Runes and casting board and cloth.
I worked the Psychic Fairs doing castings.
I know what I'm talking about...silly how often I have to say that.
My point is, attacking Christian theology is all well and good...
...but it doesn't strike home to the real problem under which the US is suffering.
The US is infected with superstition.
From the talk shows, to the books, movies and television, and to the churches...
The United States is sick with superstition.
By focusing on the major religions...mostly Christianity...atheism has ignored the rampant superstition that fuels beliefs from the Oprah Winfrey Gospel to the UFO believers.
We need to focus on the real infection that sickens our nation...Superstition.