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Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Poll: Society hates atheists more than anyone else, but the youth do so the least

A study by Brookings Institute, mainly on public perspectives regarding immigration policy, offers corroborations for secularization trend in the US we’ve seen already-but also offers some fresh views on the public image of atheists.

The study gives the atheists the dubious distinction of being the most unpopular minority, at a whopping -29 percent. Non-religious people overall were second, at -15 percent. Even Muslims, much smaller in number than the above groups, did quite a bit better, at -9 percent.

If there is a silver lining here, it is that hatred against atheists is lowest among the youth. 55% of seniors believe atheists are changing the American culture for worse, whereas “only” 24% of millennials share that opinion. Millennials are also most likely to self-identify as atheists or agnostics (13%), compared to 3% for senior. (We know from another study that the number for the society as a whole is about 9%).

There is positive change on the horizon, but its rate is glacial. The rapid rise of the religiously unaffiliated, combined with the negative perception of them that dominates the society otherwise, is concerning for future social tensions. But going back into the closet is not an option.

  • Carl

    I don’t mind being out and hated after all their god is imaginary so the hate comes from years of indoctrination. Besides it’s like looking from the outside in and seeing all the insanity religion brings.

  • Religion is dying

    I’m nothing. But god isn’t real, their god or any “god”. There’s a big reason tricky christians say “keep the faith”. It’s a self-help regime, that’s all. I find we’re so civilized that it’s absolutely proposterous that we need a crutch when things “get hard”. This was tool used early on so man would stop being such a piece of shit and to help people help themselves. Look at the real emergence of christianity, the time when it really sprang to power and then think about the convenience of it.