Why Atheism Is In The News Lately
I think it's because of the virulent hatefulness of a large number of "Christians" in the US over the past 25 years, combined with similar but more extreme hatefulness and rigid thinking in the Islamic world. Extreme religionists killed 3000 people on 9/11, they helped elect George Bush twice, in the classroom and in public policy they're trying to replace science with faith, and they fervently support their divisive "us vs them" mentality throughout the world.
More and more people see no difference between various forms of extreme religionism. It doesn't matter what religion it is, they're the same people just using religion as a means of feeding their hate-filled agenda of domination and exclusion. It's no wonder people are interested in alternative viewpoints when it's obvious that religionism is no guarantee of wisdom or morality and threatens to rend apart society as we know it.
Or maybe that's just me.