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I’m a discriminated against minority

Sean was skeptical that atheists are thought of as low as I suggested.  Well here is some polling to back up my claims.  

53% of Americans surveyed said they would not vote for a “generally well-qualified person for president” who was an atheist.  Compared to 43% for the next highest, homosexuals.  Also only 67% of liberals said they would vote for an atheist (29% of conservatives).
(data from 2007)
An older set of polls is not better in the prejudice department:
One poll from 1999 has 48% of Americans unwilling to vote for an atheist compared to 38% that wouldn’t vote for a muslim.    In 2003, the Pew Research Center found that “52% [of Americans] have a mostly unfavorable or worse attitude” toward atheists.  
In 2006, a University of Minnesota study found that “atheists are America’s least trusted group.”
In 2007, apparently (I could only find a secondary report) 61% of Americans would be less likely to vote for someone who doesn’t believe in a deity.  In that article it points out that even our presidential candidates are willing to put down atheists.  Mitt Romney was probably the most famous recent candidate to exclude and demonize non-believers, denigrating what he called the “religion of secularism.”  
Finally, George H.W. Bush famously described atheists as non-Americans. The incumbent vice president while campaigning for president actually said, “I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.” Does anyone think if he said that about Jews he would have been elected?
So Sean, you’re worried that atheists are the ones that have the prejudiced views? 
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  1. May 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Dan, once again you’ve have taken something I’ve said out of it’s original context. It’s okay, I’m used to it at this point.One of my main concerns about the atheist movement gaining momentum is its total disregard of Christian teachings and beliefs. Atheists not only reject Christian views but they also consider them an out dated superstition, irrational, and obsolete. This poses quite a problem for anyone who truly considers themselves a believer. Don’t think I haven’t considered the pros of atheism. For a short period of time I put myself into the Atheist category. In my opinion atheists have a pretty sweet deal. Atheists accept the fact that we know very little about our ancestry, are free of many Christian guilt complexes, and seem genuinely more relaxed in their existence. Essentially, they have a free pass to think and do whatever they feel like in all aspects of their life. (Can’t wait for you to blow that statement out of proportion) Christians don’t have that free pass. The bible above all teaches faith which is followed by obedience. Given the nature of mankind it is not easy to have faith or to be obedient especially when you don’t fully understand where the instruction is coming from. What this boils down to is the fact that atheism is quickly gaining momentum. When it finally reaches the point of majority and domination in education, court systems, and politics it’s going to be trouble for people who don’t go along with it.

  2. May 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I understand your point however you've failed to grapple with mine. First, I agree you're right about the atheist movement gaining momentum and I hope it continues; I really think a critical mass needs to be reached before any significant change toward atheists will occur. You worry that atheists find Christian views irrational and wrong and that "poses quite a problem" for believers. Well, I agree up to a point. I think the more people who think this way about religious faith will make it more difficult for the religious to hold those views but only because of the way those views will seem. Today their normality makes them seem relatively reasonable but if say Christian views become a tiny minority (which certainly won't happen ANY time soon if ever) they'll seem more ridiculous and will probably be harder for believers to hold. Majorities of people in certain societies once believed in Zeus and if someone told you they believed in him today you'd probably find him ridiculous holding "out dated superstition, irrational, and obsolete" beliefs but you wouldn't jail him or legally discriminate against him. So my main point is that your fear is overblown. What exactly do you fear will happen to Christian believers if atheists take the majority? Other than making it harder for Christians to think their views of existence are normal what negative consequence will atheists pose to them? In societies like sweden which have become irreligious Christians don't seem to suffer any great hardships. http://www.amazon.com/Society-without-God-Religious-Contentment/dp/0814797148/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241289513&sr=1-1

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