Growing up you believe the world is meant to be the way it is. The older I get the more I realise that this is not the case. The world is full of injustices and atrocities that governments and the voice of faith expect us to accept, though with each passing year they grow fewer and fewer, at least one would hope. I have created this blog as a space for me to rant about all things science, politics, philosophy and religion, before it’s too late and the vessel of new atheism propelled by a growing surge in secularism solves all of the world’s problems for good.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Atheists... Discrimination Against The Least Trusted Minority

First half of the news story

It seems ironic to me that entire communities of American Christians are treating others so badly, and at the same time oh so often we see them complaining of exactly the same "discrimination" and maltreatment.

What's disturbing is that Christians in the community were actually calling up the work places of an atheist in this video to complain about them having employed an atheist... I doubt any atheist would ever do that.

A study in 2006 by Edgell et al., examines the distrust of atheists in America with findings suggesting they're the most distrusted minority group in America, even less accepted than other marginlised groups such as muslims or homosexuals. Two questions asked in the study and their results:

This group does not at all agree with my vision of American society...
Atheists: 39.6%
Muslims: 26.3%
Homosexuals: 22.6%
Hispanics: 20%
Conservative Christians: 13.5%
Recent Immigrants: 12.5%
Jews: 7.6%

I would disapprove if my child wanted to marry a member of this group...
Atheists: 47.6%

Second half of the news story, an "unbiased" debate.

I find it amusing that in the second part of this news report they have a debate about discrimination against atheists that doesn't include an atheist in it? What like finding 1 of the reported 3 000 000+ atheists in America was too hard on the day? Both the black women and jewish women have NO idea about the issue at hand, and at least the christian man is looking at things somewhat intelligently and objectively.

And that comment from the jewish woman "Freedom of religion doesn't necessarily mean freedom from it"...??? ARE YOU SERIOUS? They keep repeating "America's a Christian nation", whether or not the founding fathers were christian isn't the point, they were secular and believed that religion should be a private thing and be kept out of the government and public schools, full stop. That's what we're opposed to as atheists.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this blog, Pete. I can't believe that American's think it's a reasonable estimate that there are only 3 million atheists in the US. That's a bit like when you're teaching maths to a child: 10 x 12 = ? A reasonable answer has to be "more than 100", right? Their estimate equivalent is "hmm, about 15?