Atheism: Growing disbelief

Aug 23, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Economist

Atheists are getting both more numerous and louder

AMERICA is not an easy place for atheists. Religion pervades the public sphere, and studies show that non-believers are more distrusted than other minorities.

Several states still ban atheists from holding public office. These rules, which are unconstitutional, are never enforced, but that hardly matters. Over 40% of Americans say they would never vote for an atheist presidential candidate.

Yet the past seven years have seen a fivefold increase in people who call themselves atheists, to 5% of the population, according to WIN-Gallup International, a network of pollsters. Meanwhile the proportion of Americans who say they are religious has fallen from 73% in 2005 to 60% in 2011.

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Religion doesn't make people free, it enslaves them.

Religion doesn't bring people, it causes war and violence.

Religion doesn't bring equality, it subjugates women and minorities.

People are dumping religion because they have seen what religious dominance leads to. Anyone who was an atheist before hand knew this and predicted it, but nobody listened. Those who dumped religion had to learn the hard way.

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Religion doesn't bring *peace*, it brings war and violence.
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The most oxymoronic thing I have ever heard was a preacher on a late night radio show professing "freedom in jesus".

The same show was a call-in show were a young pregnant woman was at odds with taking her unplanned pregnancy to term. The so-called preacher/expert told her that "she would just feel rotten for the the rest of her life if she had an abortion and that god would show her no mercy."

The host later went on to tell her at the end of her call that "he just wished he could wipe away all of her guilt."

Religion has to die and die a horrible death.
P_Smith wrote:
Religion doesn't make people free, it enslaves them.
Religion doesn't bring people, it causes war and violence.
Religion doesn't bring equality, it subjugates women and minorities.
People are dumping religion because they have seen what religious dominance leads to. Anyone who was an atheist before hand knew this and predicted it, but nobody listened. Those who dumped religion had to learn the hard way.
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They make it up as they go!
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The most oxymoronic thing I have ever heard was a preacher on a late night radio show professing "freedom in jesus".
The same show was a call-in show were a young pregnant woman was at odds with taking her unplanned pregnancy to term. The so-called preacher/expert told her that "she would just feel rotten for the the rest of her life if she had an abortion and that god would show her no mercy."
The host later went on to tell her at the end of her call that "he just wished he could wipe away all of her guilt."
Religion has to die and die a horrible death.
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BURNT OFFERINGS wrote:
Oh, and did I mention environment-hating. They want to take the Planet with them when they settle down for their dirt nap. Well, that's one goal they just "might* see, with the help of the filthy muslims.
Some things zip right by "touching" and race right past "disturbing" and lurch their way, heaving and gasping and sweating from the pious armpits, straight into "Oh my God, what the hell is wrong with you people?" Us TRUE Christians really do hate the environment which is why we promote hysterical breeding for Christ. The Duggar family exemplifies the TRUE Christian's Godly pathological protofamily breeding-happy gluttony that's making the world groan and cry and recoil, contributing to vicious overpopulation rates and unrepentant economic strain...But Jesus is the janitor who will clean up the mess right before the Rapture! Here is the righteous Ma Dugger and her Christly litter of 18 spotless white hyperreligious interchangeable people with alarmingly bad hair, the kids ranging in ages from 1 to 25...

http://www.duggarfamily.com/

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