Are atheists the unsung heroes of the modern age? You may have read in the papers that ‘Darwin’s rottweiler’ Richard Dawkins is spearheading a campaign in America to trumpet the voice of the nation’s atheists who are seemingly downtrodden by the religious majority. Check out what John Brooke has to say about Dawkins in his podcast. What contribution would an ‘atheist bloc’ make to society anyway? Does religion still have an important public role bearing in mind the Buddhist protests in Burma as an example?