'I'm a born-again atheist' badge
The expression 'I'm a born-again atheist' is widely but unreliably attributed to Gore Vidal. The phrase, an ironic reversal, refers to the phenomenon of spiritual rebirth associated with a resurgent evangelical Christianity in the USA popularised since the 1950s through the work of preachers such as Billy Graham. The influence of evangelical Christianity on cultural and educational norms has become controversial on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly around the issue of teaching 'creationism' (a modified form of the Bible's story of the origin of humankind) alongside Darwin's theory of evolution in state schools. Opposition to religious influence in the early twenty-first century has clustered around the idea of a 'new atheism', committed to scientific rationalism as the basis of a secular society.