13th August 2012

“Public sentiment toward atheists acts as a useful barometer for social and political tolerance in a society, because while tolerance for religious sects has increased dramatically in the past four decades, the salient prejudices toward atheists have not followed the same historical patterns.”

Mosaic project survey

3 Responses to “13th August 2012”

  1. R J Says:

    i think part of the attitudes against atheists is

    that the rudimentary thinking of SOME religionistas

    implies that if atheists are ” opposed to god,” then

    they must necessarily be sympathetic to satan.

    ……stupid and ignorant as that thinking is, it is

    really not surprising…….considering the nonsense

    the religionistas choose to put their faith in.


    would you like to put on your gloves, and get in

    the ring with todays quote ???? i know i’ll get

    a kick out of reading your thoughts !!!!!

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Thanx R j! It is good to be appreciated, especially from such a great guy!

    As per usual Rj you have Shakespeare’s wit in brevity “sympathetic to satan”: The broad brush religionistas use to paint those that don’t agree with them.

    And of course you are correct that they reserve a particularly un-Jesus like disdain for those that deny belief in the devine.

    As for a “useful barometer” perhaps, if the barometer is always indicating rain? As the quote indicates the “salient prejudices toward atheists” do little to demonstrate tolerance among the faithful toward atheists, demonization yes, tolerance no.

    This lack of tolerance indicates, I think, a mask of sorts, hiding a truth about religious tolerance among people of differing faiths.

    This mask is the kind of thing that football fans all share about football versus golf, where football fans disdain golf as slow, boring, wimpy, and also pat each other on the back about football is the best of sport.

    Everyone in the room of football fans is going to be screaming about how the other team and their fans are filthy, low-life, scumbags on Sunday afternoon, but in the general conversation about football as a sport compared to other sports they are all on the same team.

    This is what so-called religious tolerance is, a mask. When jihad is declared Christians and Jews will show little tolerance for Muslims.

  3. Kittie Aldakkour Says:

    It is really difficult if you have children in a small town. Every so often I will have to make some kind of stand on facebook agains the jesus bullies. I have a couple of friends who feel the same, but I can tell we are all cautious to reveal too much. Funny, one gal didn’t like something I said and felt compelled to “announce” to everyone on the thread that I subscribed to “Skeptic” magazine.. she saw it on my page… So – talk about sentiment – even reading Skeptic magazine is a bad thing in my town. help.