April 1, 2006

Atheists as America’s Most Distrusted Minority

I've long suspected this was the case, and now there are data to support the claim that atheists are the most hated minority group in America. According to this University of Minnesota study, atheists were ranked below all other minority groups as to the degree to which survey respondents shared their "vision of American society." That's right - respondents were more likely to identify with members of the GLBT community than with atheists. Respondents were also least likely to allow their children to marry atheists than members of any other minority group.

"Even though atheists are few in number, not formally organized and relatively hard to publicly identify, they are seen as a threat to the American way of life by a large portion of the American public." This is you and I, dear reader, threats to the American way of life. "Many of the studyÂ’s respondents associated atheism with an array of moral indiscretions ranging from criminal behavior to rampant materialism and cultural elitism."

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