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Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

#1 User is offline   Beau 

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 09:22 AM

Long after blacks and Jews have made great strides, and even as homosexuals gain respect, acceptance and new rights, there is still a group that lots of Americans just don’t like much: atheists. 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.

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I believe that's a thought-provoking question...why?
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Posted 09 July 2011 - 06:54 AM

Interesting...Never thought of that before..
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Posted 10 November 2011 - 07:08 AM

View PostAmelia, on 09 July 2011 - 06:54 AM, said:

Interesting...Never thought of that before..


This is what America is about, we always need to have somebody to discriminate.
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:02 PM

This is not only America. People always find someone to discriminate based on gender, race, religion, age and tons of other stuff.
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:43 AM

majority always discriinates minority. it's auniversal truth taht we can only reflect about. nothing can be done.
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:19 AM

View PostBeau, on 12 May 2011 - 09:22 AM, said:

Long after blacks and Jews have made great strides, and even as homosexuals gain respect, acceptance and new rights, there is still a group that lots of Americans just don’t like much: atheists. 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.

The whole article is here: Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

I believe that's a thought-provoking question...why?


Probably first of all we should define the word "atheist". Is it a person who does not have any spiritual beliefs... or a person who does not belong to any religious denomination?
As for discrimination, I think that such way of thiking is against the most basic religious principles. If somebody discriminates, then he does not abide by those principles.
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