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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

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 Poll shows Americans fear atheists and Muslims

This poll was conducted back in April but was only just today brought to my attention:
A nationwide telephone survey of more than 2,000 Americans has revealed that the non-religious are viewed as the greatest threat to the American way of life. The results, released this week, come from a survey conducted last summer by the University of Wisconsin Survey Center. The survey -- consisting of 120 questions about the respondents' views on race, religion, intolerance and prejudice -- is the first phase of a three-year study called the American Mosaic Project.

When questioned about what belief group doesn't share their vision of American society, 54 percent of survey participants indicated that atheists provided the greatest threat. Muslims were viewed as the second-highest threat....

Commenting on these surveys, Mary Ellen Sikes, Associate Director of the Institute for Humanist Studies, observed that, "Members of humanist, atheist, and freethought organizations -- 'the community of reason' -- are among the most compassionate, ethical, and patriotic people I have encountered anywhere. We volunteer in our communities, serve in the military, and have lower divorce rates than almost every mainstream religious denomination. Yet many non-believers feel they must hide their secularism from coworkers, neighbors, and families. We may be the last minority against which intolerance and discrimination are not only permitted, but modeled by political leaders at every level."

3 Comments:

Blogger Electro said...

I find it strange that I need to defend Atheists to other people as if people who don't believe in God are "bad" people. I would agree with the comments that you post here. Though I never considered myself a "humanist" and I think that humanism is a religion of its own sort having dogma and creed I don't think that makes it a threat. What bothers me in a "free" society is that the two sides seem to always want to down eachother. I think it would go a lot farther for each side to try to understand the other and find whatever common ground they can to further the cause of humanity.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Why do religionists always have to claim that every ideology/way of thinking is a kind of religion? Atheists and humanists don't belong to "clubs" but have varied ideas, don't recite "creeds" at weekly meetings, and, foremost, do not worship. I teach at a Catholic college and we all get along fine; we share many values about the world, with the one exception of whether there is a god. I think we (i.e. religionists and atheists) can coexist without downing each other and that it happens more frequently than is suggested in the media. Still, I agree that to admit one's non-belief can be more dangerous than the opposite.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Yet many non-believers feel they must hide their secularism from coworkers, neighbors, and families.I differ here in that my family and friends and co-workers know my views on religion. And perhaps its due to where I live/work, but they have no issues with it. They accept me as I am (altho they do find me a tad odd) and (shocker here) actually like me. :)

11:49 PM  

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