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Atheists in America: The nation's least trusted group

According to a telephone survey conducted by university researchers of sociology, Atheists are the least trusted group in the United States.  The survey, which included in-depth interviews with over 140 people in over 2,000 households, found that Americans place less trust in Atheists than in Muslims, homosexuals, immigrants, and of course, Christians, among others.  Atheists are also the minority group that Americans feel least comfortable allowing their child to marry. 

Why it is that Atheists find themselves loathed by American society is debatable.  The purpose of religion is to give people morals to live by, so it can be assumed that most Americans think, "No religion, no morals."  This statement could not be further from the truth.  In the history of the world, it is religion, not lack of religion, that has caused various battles and slaughters.  The Crusades, the Salem Witch Trials, 9/11, and the Jonestown Massacre are all examples of incidents where religion revealed its dark side. 

The study's lead researcher, Penny Edgell, argues that Atheists play the role that Catholics, Jews and Communists have played in the past.  This role, of course, is that of a scapegoat.  Today, Atheists offer American society a new idea to discriminate and rally against.  American society blames Atheists, as well as other groups, for the decay of traditional "family values". 

Unfortunately for Atheists and other groups who use science as a way to explain life, the United States has a long way to go.  The U.S. is a country that still doesn't recognize the union of homosexuals as "marriage" and despite all of the research providing evidence for the positive aspects of different drugs, still carries on with the failed Nancy Reagan campaign, "Just Say No".  It has become clear that American society has not yet reached the Age of Reason, and it is taking an agonizingly long time to get there.

Comments

  • Katherin Andrews 3 years ago

    Can you provide a link to the study?

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    We are just like any other people, aside from the fact that we don't believe in an omnipotent being in the sky. If parents continue to teach their kids to blindly follow religion and the "word of god" we'll never break free of these religious bonds.

  • The Sinner666 3 years ago

    Nobody "blindly" follows you moron, we all have a choice. Religion will not stop being taught, everyone is obligated to learn the truth. You're a prime example of why we reject atheists, all you do is talk stupidity like that.

  • Michael 3 years ago

    So parents are teaching kids to "blindly" follow religion? Are the parents also "blindly" following? I don't think so

    And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

  • Ranger X 3 years ago

    The study makes perfect sense. Atheists are the least trusted group because their religion is madness. It is because of theism that we have laws and morals to teach our children. Atheism is evil since it rejects God.

  • CGerstle 3 years ago

    The Bible advocates sex slavery (Exodus 21:1-11), human sacrifice (Judges 11:29-40), raping virgins of an enemy nation (Numbers 31:7-18), regular slavery (Leviticus 25:44-46), and a whole lot of other stuff that we in modern times reject as heinous.

    You reject these teachings by your holy book because you know that they are immoral. If you make that claim, that means you don't get your morals from the Bible. You simply pick and choose the nice verses and reject the nasty. What criterion are you using to decide what parts of the Bible you accept and which you reject?

    I'll tell you what: all humans have a natural moral compass that guide their moral intuitions. And by all humans, that includes atheists. this huge mistruct of them is outragious and illogical. Quite simply, it is nothing more than bigotry.

    P.S. Atheism is NOT a religion, it is the absence of one. To call atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color.

  • MrWho? 3 years ago

    Truth is, that you don't know what to expect of someone with no beliefs
    Truth is, it is difficult to trust in ppl who claim that one should have no faith
    Most atheists behave, but is inevitable to see some creepy atheists havin a machist discussion of pornography or comunism or anarquism, and our sociable brains inmediatly labels atheism with a "danger!" tag.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    I just can't believe what is written here in the comments. I'm from Europe (sso I'm sorry if there are any grammatical errors in my comment) and nearly every young person here lives after the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (some knowingly some not). Never heard of enlightment and "Have courage to use your own understanding!" and this is the motto of most of atheists.

  • phillip mcinerney 2 years ago

    It amazes me that the only intelligent post here by Anonymous is the only post that is criticized and it especially annoys me that the posts made in criticism of Anonymous, especially The Sinner666, are some of the stupidest things I have ever heard and just proves that atheists are so badly thought of in America that anything that they say is automatically criticized no matter how intelligent it is.

  • ThirdStreetSaint777 2 years ago

    Follow God and Jesus, they love you all. God bless and Jesus be with you all. ;)

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Christians use religion to be evil. I saw a clip of a comedian wearing a big red spandex outfit with little fluffy horns on it. Some "good christian" walks by and then out of the blue begins to attack the guy in red screaming obsenaties and calling him the devil. Now in the bible it says turn the other cheeck. And rather than fight back that is what the man in red did. So christianity lead a man to randomly attack a stranger on the street and inflict violence to someone trying to bring laughter to people... Who deserves to go to hell? Unfortunately this is the norm and not he exception. It has been a part of religion since well beofre the crusades. God gives you the right to be an evil murderer in his name... How can people not see that religion leads to evil and thinking for yourself leads to the right decisions (because you actually weighed the situation and made an accurate assesment of it rather than seeing horns on a goat and burning it at the stake)?

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    I just have to laugh at this quote "Religion will not stop being taught, everyone is obligated to learn the truth" because it is soo true yet he is soo wrong. Religion will probagbly not stop being taught, and because of that people will alwyas have to find the truth seeing as it is buried under the decree that you must sacrifice your first born son to be a true christian. The bible is a test... a test that every living christian has faild. It tells you in th bible that god gave his word to man to write down. It also says that man is falliable. Then it says that the bible is the exact word of god and you idiots trow out the first 2 parts and only believe the third. The bible ITSELF tells you to think for yourself! and you have all failed! The best christians today are athiests because they both think for themselves as the bible tries its best to get you to do, and manage to live an honest life. Most christians are going to hell because they use their religion like a shield to protect them from actually having to do anything good in thier lives, or even make sure they did not do something bad. for example, if a man kills another man, it is bad. But if a million christians kill a million muslims it is the will of god... Religion is the tool of the evil to be evil w/o regret.

  • Seth 11 months ago

    This is literally the most bent piece of logic I have ever read. You took every poor argument about other people's beliefs and smashed them together. You also did not capitalize "God," which shows no respect for anyone else. You list the crusades and witch hunts as a cause for world problems. But, have you ever read that the 20th Century was more deadly to humanity than all human history COMBINED as we have become more atheistic? Do research, stop hating others and live peacefully in the society you were born into.

  • Seth 11 months ago

    You are completely incorrect. Just because something is historically recounted does not mean that it is advocated. In fact, the Bible talks about sin and it shows that people really are that horrible. What you said is like thinking an American history book advocates slavery because it talks about the Confederates during the Civil War. In addition, you have no basis for any moral decision at all. Get into the moral absolutes away from society. Is cannibalism wrong? Some cultures have found it okay. But, you cannot say that murdering someone else and eating them is absolutely wrong, because it decided by society. Find God and you'll actually have a point of reference. Your morality is societal, not absolute, which is extremely terrifying.

  • Ryan 2 months ago

    Am I really the only one who thought that it was odd that these 140 people were in 2,000 households? Who is it that is chopping up all these people into little bits (at least 14 per person if my math is correct) and spreading them out into all these different houses? Further, since when is a person cut into 14 pieces still able to answer the phone and be thoroughly interviewed? If they are able to use the phone shouldn't they be dialing an ambulance?

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