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Atheists: America's most distrusted minority

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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (3/20/2006) -- American’s increasing acceptance of religious diversity doesn’t extend to those who don’t believe in a god, according to a national survey by researchers in the University of Minnesota’s department of sociology.

From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, university researchers found that Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in “sharing their vision of American society.” Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.

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Many of the study’s respondents associated atheism with an array of moral indiscretions ranging from criminal behavior to rampant materialism and cultural elitism.




I wonder what the actual questions were and if the people were given a choice. I'd have to say that most atheists I've met do have a bit of cultural elitism to them.
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Old 03-23-06, 09:56 AM
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My best friend and her husband are atheists. She went to Catholic schools with me, so I tend to think deep down she's really more agnostic than atheist, but

We don't discuss religion since she knows I consider myself born again.

It's better for the friendship that way

She's also a Democrat.










So she's going to hell for sure...



I KID!!

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Originally Posted by Venusian
I wonder what the actual questions were and if the people were given a choice. I'd have to say that most atheists I've met do have a bit of cultural elitism to them.
Surely you jest.

Many of my closest friends are athiests, and this is the one really disagreeable trait they all seem to share. I have no problem with someone else's beliefs (or lack of same), but I don't like it when people act as if they are better people for believing one thing instead of another. And when you consider that my own level of elitist snobbery is off the scale, that must mean they're pretty fucking intolerable.
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I have you to know some of my best friends are atheists.
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I have you to know some of my best friends are atheists.
I suppose it's an avocational hazard for us Democrats.
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Atheism and elitism in the same sentence...you don't say!
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Surely you jest.

Many of my closest friends are athiests, and this is the one really disagreeable trait they all seem to share. I have no problem with someone else's beliefs (or lack of same), but I don't like it when people act as if they are better people for believing one thing instead of another. And when you consider that my own level of elitist snobbery is off the scale, that must mean they're pretty fucking intolerable.
I've always enjoyed your scholarly elitist snobbery myself!

BTW, you're right about the elitist mentality. One of my friends is a atheist and she acts exactly like that. I don't let it bother me, but I never really thought about it until now.
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Originally Posted by Geofferson
Atheism and elitism in the same sentence...you don't say!
Who'da thunk it?
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The brainwashed have always been scared of the free thinkers.

So to speak.
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Old 03-23-06, 10:18 AM
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I can tolerate them, because I understand them.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
I can tolerate them, because I understand them.
I get along with most people. Hey, even bhk knows I agree with him 30% of the time.
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Do you find that atheists are generally somewhat fustian like?

Maybe a little bit bombastic?

Just a touch pompous?

Or do you consider them feckless?
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Originally Posted by classicman2
Do you find that atheists are generally somewhat fustian like?

Maybe a little bit bombastic?

Just a touch pompous?

Or do you consider them feckless?
*gets out dictionary*

Well, fustian at times, true, but I wouldn't say feckless. I don't see them as feeble people.
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I regard them, ironically, as excessively dogmatic.
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"Elitism" seems to be the general charge that no-account ignoramouses like Republicans and Christians like to throw around at enlightened people like me. Completely unfounded.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
Do you find that atheists are generally somewhat fustian like?

Maybe a little bit bombastic?

Just a touch pompous?

Or do you consider them feckless?
Nah, just a bit pretentious.

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Originally Posted by wendersfan
I regard them, ironically, as excessively dogmatic.
There's more than one type of atheist.
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Originally Posted by TracerBullet
There's more than one type of atheist.
You mean besides the ones who don't believe in God?
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
You mean besides the ones who don't believe in God?
Obviously all atheists share that belief.

I'm speaking of the way in which they manifest that belief. Some are dogmatic, some aren't.
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Originally Posted by TracerBullet
Obviously all atheists share that belief.

I'm speaking of the way in which they manifest that belief. Some are dogmatic, some aren't.
But of course. Excessive generalizing is usually fruitless.
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But of course. Excessive generalizing is usually fruitless.
Then why did you do it?
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Some atheists are elitist and disdainful of those who are "too stupid" to understand the truth about the nature (or lack thereof) of God. Then again, so are some theists.
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I wouldn't go as far as to say they're all dogmatic - I've never seen one that wasn't, however.
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Originally Posted by TracerBullet
Then why did you do it?
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I expect our resident atheist(s) to make an appearance at any moment in this thread.
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