The Pew Research Center reveals positive shifts in the way Americans view atheists
One of the positive outcomes of the internet age is how it has allowed people all across the free-thought spectrum to realize they are not nearly as alone as they once thought. People have begun to network as never before and the movement is growing. Organized religion loses ground every day they will never recover.
I find it ironic that the Jewish people are the most liked across the board, considering how much anti-Semitism pervades our culture. I’m not saying the data is wrong, but it may be their history of victimization that has created a feeling of sympathy for them. Hopefully this will result in a reduction in anti-Semitism overall. I mean, with MTG shouting about Jewish Space Lasers, it’s difficult to take the “Jews rule the world” seriously.
I ordered my bumpersticker: "Atheists: still more popular than Mormons and Muslims."
More than once people have been surprised I'm an atheist because "I'm so nice!"
As the evangelicals continue their slash and burn policies toward other groups, they will lose ground on the likability front. While atheists are a victim of negative propaganda from pretty much all other groups, their stock is rising because they aren’t the villains they’ve been made out to be and folks are realizing this. There have been certain vocal individuals that have cast a shadow on atheists, but in general the atheists folks come across are kind and tolerant. It’s harder to believe the stories when your neighbor is just not like that. I think the movement toward acceptance of diversity, not only race, but also gender, LGBT status, and religious identity, has helped us move toward being liked. And those who fight diversity are looked at as cruel and harmful.
It does seem like progress is being made despite the loud and violent nature of those in charge.
OT: Delicious moment. Author of a book criticizing "wokeness" can't explain what it means.
OT ... JK Rowling says she knew her views on transgender issues would make ‘many folks deeply unhappy’.
Then why express them? You're allowed to have them, but you're a famous person and you know that it's going to have a deleterious effect on them. So why not just keep them to yourself? The world would be a much better place if we all learned to mind their own damn business about what consenting adults do.
I see a Trump super PAC has hit Ron DeathSentence with an ethics complaint. Not that Ron the Con has any ethics to begin with, but Trumpees complaining about somebody else's ethics? Srysly?
Given the abominable track record of the world's religions, it's not the atheists people have to worry about.
marjorie taylor green is pure stupid, and evil.
Personally, I think atheism as a sociopolitical element of American society is still low on the growth curve. We're hardly 16 years out from the explosion that was g̲o̲d̲ ̲I̲s̲ ̲N̲o̲t̲ ̲G̲r̲e̲a̲t̲, T̲h̲e̲ ̲G̲o̲d̲ ̲D̲e̲l̲u̲s̲i̲o̲n̲, L̲e̲t̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲a̲ ̲C̲h̲r̲i̲s̲t̲i̲a̲n̲ ̲N̲a̲t̲i̲o̲n̲, and other books and talks which came out of 2006 – 2007. Granted that the internet has given atheism a considerable springboard to build upon, but I think the numbers reported here still reflect a degree of ignorance of just who atheists are and what we're about.
The good news is that, as we know, religion in the US is in decline and the rise of the nones continues apace. I hope Pew continues to follow this topic, and I suspect they will. I also suspect that the trends we're seeing in both religion and the dismissal or rejection of religion are likely to persist.
I don’t have any data to back this up, but I expect the tolerance from Mormons comes partly from Mormons likely knowing atheists. Given the large average family size and the likelihood of someone leaving the church it just wouldn’t surprise me. I have a large Mormon family myself and several of my over a dozen nieces and nephews have already left but still have friends from church.
I'd have a hard time answering the question about whether I hold a favorable or unfavorable view of Catholics. In general, altho I abominate the Catholic Church as an institution, I feel sorry for its chief victims, namely the brainwashed individual Catholics themselves. I guess "pity" isn't quite the same as "like", but it doesn't lead to "dislike", either.
Wait a second. Muslims want to eradicate the Jews, and Evangelicals only tolerate the Jews so they can keep their Second Coming fantasy alive. Let's face it: Jesus, Allah and Yahweh are never going to like each other. Each omnipotent,omniscient, merciful god wants to see his enemies smitten. That's why we need continuous war and endless poverty to perpetuate the need for religion in the name of peace and security.
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News flash--this just in: God doesn't exist. No evidence. Nothing but a flimsy fairytale. Trillions of dollars wasted, billions of lives lost, millions of unwanted lives created, millions of children molested and inculcated. Film at 11.