He keeps saying that atheism is on the decline. (It’s not true; but he keeps saying it.) One has to wonder why that is so important to him. If everyone in the country was an atheist, it wouldn’t necessarily make it true. And if no one was an atheist, it wouldn’t necessarily make it false. The fact that atheism is on the rise shouldn’t mean much to anyone. But Norman has to lie and say the reverse. It’s as though the truth scares him.