Is 'Atheism' the new 'fastest growing' group (religion?)
Atheists Are Speaking Out - in favor of -
For of Homosexuality
For drinking alcohol
For abortion (murder of unborn babies)
Against Religion - Belief -
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“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.”
Victim complex alert, victim complex alert – to be honest, I don’t think that many Americans actually spend that much time even thinking about atheists, let alone not liking them.
And I don’t think the atheists have anybody but themselves to blame if people mistakenly believe them to be an angry lot while they keep touting people like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens (the man who once called Mother Teresa a “bitch”, and said that it was “a shame” that there is no Hell for her to go to) as their shining stars and role models.
“On basic questions of morality and human decency — issues such as governmental use of torture, the death penalty, punitive hitting of children, racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, environmental degradation or human rights — the irreligious tend to be more ethical than their religious peers, particularly compared with those who describe themselves as very religious.”
What a load of absolute twaddle.
Yes, because religious believers sit round all day plotting new ways to violate the environment and people from other racial groups, and of course those famous atheists Stalin and Pol Pot were the most ethical leaders who never actually killed all those millions and millions of innocent people.
Notice the lack of actual citations for these wild claims?
“Consider that at the societal level, murder rates are far lower in secularized nations such as Japan or Sweden than they are in the much more religious United States, which also has a much greater portion of its population in prison.”
Notice how they fail to mention that the top ten countries with the LOWEST murder rates in the world are actually nations where the majority profess religious belief in either Christianity or Islam – the country with the lowest murder rate in the world, Iceland, is 80% Lutheran.
What they also fail to mention is that neither Sweden or Japan are in the top ten countries for the lowest murder rates – oops.
“Even within this country, those states with the highest levels of church attendance, such as Louisiana and Mississippi, have significantly higher murder rates than far less religious states such as Vermont and Oregon.”
I really can’t believe that these academic chaps would be dumb enough to miss the fact that Louisiana and Mississippi have greater levels of poverty (one of the major issues related to crime) than Vermont and Oregon do.
According to the US Census Bureau 17.3% of the population of Louisiana and 21.2% of the population of Mississippi live below the poverty level, whereas only 13.6% do in Oregon and only 10.6% do in Vermont.
“As individuals, atheists tend to score high on measures of intelligence, especially verbal ability and scientific literacy.”
Yes, and so do many religious believers, so this actually means nothing.
“They tend to raise their children to solve problems rationally, to make up their own minds when it comes to existential questions and to obey the golden rule.”
Yes, and so do most religious believers, once again, this proves absolutely nothing.
“They are more likely to practice safe sex than the strongly religious are…”
Not only is this claim out of date and debunked, but non-religious people are also more likely to be promiscuous, and therefore help to spread sexual disease, etc, than strongly religious people are.
“…and are less likely to be nationalistic or ethnocentric.”
Yes, which is why all these atheistic communists never went to war, or engaged in displays, acts and ventures of nationalistic pride, oh, hold on a minute, they did do that, and they still do that in atheistic Communist China – oops.
“They value freedom of thought.”
So do the majority of religious believers.
“While many studies show that secular Americans don’t fare as well as the religious when it comes to certain indicators of mental health or subjective well-being, new scholarship is showing that the relationships among atheism, theism, and mental health and well-being are complex.”
So let me get this straight while you have your cake and eat it too, you’re saying that when research shows that atheists don’t enjoy the same level of mental health and well-being, it’s ‘complicated’, and probably wrong.