Modern religion is outdated and unnecessary. Our need for religion to have a stable, structured society has long since passed and now the blind faith that is instilled on most people at birth is obtrusive to scientific and cultural development to the point where is risks countless lives every day.
Explain how this is true when the man who advanced the human genome project is a committed Christian?
I'm not talking about general sciences, I'm talking about scientific though. When it comes to the greatest mystery of the universe, the beginning of time itself, people of religion feel that '<insert your god of creation> did it' instead of actually trying to find out what happened.
Think about this, before Darwin, everyone thought that their god of creation made everything that is, all the animals, plants, humans, all as they saw it in their life time, and they were satisfied with that answer. Darwin proved that wasn't true, and now evolution is a generally accepted fact.
Today atheism among scientists is around 40% conservatively, while about 60-80% (depending on which of the dozens of surveys you go by) claim to be non-religious or atheist. I think its safe to say that you would be hard pressed to find more than a few scientists from the Enlightenment era that were atheists.
If growth counts as a trend, then yeah, atheism is a trend among scientists.
Here is a link to one of the more scientific surveys I could turn up with a google search.
Me? well, I'd like to say that I can see an upside to religion, but I cannot. To me, it's bad. Very bad. I see it as nothing but an excuse for hatred, violence, discrimination, predjudice, and even an excuse to do good things, something no one should need. Yes, many would focus on the Christian religion, seeing how large and easily faulted it is. I, however, find fault in all religion. I would go on to point out the flaws, but I have a feeling no one wants to hear me rant about it.