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New York Times asks the question

Donn B.
user 10171984
Alvarado, TX
Post #: 20
Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

From the article...

"Those who don’t believe in God are widely considered to be immoral, wicked and angry. They can’t join the Boy Scouts. Atheist soldiers are rated potentially deficient when they do not score as sufficiently “spiritual” in military psychological evaluations. Surveys find that most Americans refuse or are reluctant to marry or vote for nontheists; in other words, nonbelievers are one minority still commonly denied in practical terms the right to assume office despite the constitutional ban on religious tests."

Doesn't sound good, does it? But the article goes on to summarize the results of a couple of social science research papers, completely debunking those preconceived notions.

"...murder rates are far lower in secularized nations such as Japan or Sweden than they are in the much more religious United States, which also has a much greater portion of its population in prison. Even within this country, those states with the highest levels of church attendance, such as Louisiana and Mississippi, have significantly higher murder rates than far less religious states such as Vermont and Oregon."

Observing that "Surveys designed to overcome the understandable reluctance to admit atheism have found that as many as 60 million Americans — a fifth of the population — are not believers." The author concludes "Our nonreligious compatriots should be accorded the same respect as other minorities."
A former member
Post #: 1
Americans fear the unknown and they do not understand atheism and atheists. I wish education on different cultures and religions would be emphasized more in schools and that everyday discussions would include world views and news, not just local. There is more to the world then just what is immediately around us....
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