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Hostility to atheists

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollDec 13, 2005 6:18 AM

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While I'm shirking my blogging responsibilities by linking to series of posts elsewhere, there's an interesting discussion about hostility to atheists at the Volokh Conspiracy: see here, here, here, and here. You'd be unsurprised (I suspect) to learn that Americans find atheists to be one of the most untrustworthy brands of people around. Just to get an idea, here are the answers from a 2005 poll that asked whether "your overall opinion of [the group] is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

Group

Very favorable (%)

Mostly favorable

Mostly unfavorable

Very unfavorable

"Catholics"

24

49

10

4

"Jews"

23

54

5

2

"Evangelical Christians"

17

40

14

5

"Muslim Americans"

9

46

16

9

"Atheists, that is, people who don't believe in God"

7

28

22

28

Well, I suppose it's understandable, since atheists are constantly killing innocent members of other sects in the name of their belief system. Oh wait, no they're not. Must be the War On Xmas that is hurting our ratings.

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