View Poll Results: Do you know an atheist?

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  • I know an atheist, and I believe they can be moral.

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  • I know an atheist, but I don't believe they can be moral.

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  • I don't know any atheists, but I believe they can be moral.

    1 4.00%
  • I don't know any atheists, and I don't believe they can be moral.

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  1. #1
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    Do you know an atheist?

    According to this article/poll from Newsweek, only 49% of people know an atheist. 2/3 said they believed someone could be moral and an atheist, while 1/4 thought that impossible. How many of you know an atheist? You can count people on scam, if you feel you actually "know" them.

    March 30, 2007 - A belief in God and an identification with an organized religion are widespread throughout the country, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll. Nine in 10 (91 percent) of American adults say they believe in God and almost as many (87 percent) say they identify with a specific religion. Christians far outnumber members of any other faith in the country, with 82 percent of the poll’s respondents identifying themselves as such. Another 5 percent say they follow a non-Christian faith, such as Judaism or Islam. Nearly half (48 percent) of the public rejects the scientific theory of evolution; one-third (34 percent) of college graduates say they accept the Biblical account of creation as fact. Seventy-three percent of Evangelical Protestants say they believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years; 39 percent of non-Evangelical Protestants and 41 percent of Catholics agree with that view.

    Although one in ten (10 percent) of Americans identify themselves as having "no religion," only six percent said they don’t believe in a God at all. Just 3 percent of the public self-identifies as atheist, suggesting that the term may carry some stigma. Still, the poll suggests that the public’s tolerance of this small minority has increased in recent years. Nearly half (47 percent) of the respondents felt the country is more accepting of atheists today that it used to be and slightly more (49 percent) reported personally knowing an atheist. Those numbers are higher among respondents under 30 years old, 62 percent of whom report knowing an atheist (compared to just 43 percent of those 50 and older). Sixty-one percent of the under-30 cohort view society as more accepting of atheists (compared to 40 percent of the Americans 50 and older).

    Still, it is unlikely that a political candidate would serve him or herself well by declaring their atheism. Six in ten (62 percent) registered voters say they would not vote for a candidate who is an atheist. Majorities of each major party — 78 percent of Repulicans and 60 percent of Democrats — rule out such an option. Just under half (45 percent) of registered independents would not vote for an atheist. Still more than a third (36 percent) of Americans think the influence of organized religion on American politics has increased in recent years. But the public is still split over whether religion has too much (32 percent) or too little (31 percent) influence on American politics. Democrats tend to fall in the "too much" camp (42 percent of them, as opposed to 29 percent who see too little influence) as Republicans take the opposite view (42 percent too little; 14 percent too much). In the poll, 68 percent of respondents said they believed someone could be moral and an atheist, compared to 26 percent who said it was not possible.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17879317/site/newsweek/
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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Not counting the people on scam, I can count 12 athiests that I know although to be fair I am not in touch with a few any more. All of them I would trust with the lives of my family. I suppose adding to that number those that I have come to know on scam.com, that number has grown to about the size of a good football team with offense and defence squads. Anybody know a good place kicker that doesn't pray before each point after try?
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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    I just know one person whom I could say is, most likely, an atheist.
    She worked for years in cardiac intensive care, but moved away from it...
    She is one of the most trustworthy people I have ever known.

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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    I actually feel that aithiests (and agnostics) as a whole are more moral than thiests. It's my belief that many thiests are often immoral in the name of their god, or just because they "know" they will still go to heaven (or the equivalent) as long as they repent.
    Why 6/10 individuals are biased against athiesm, I don't know. Would they have that same answer if they were comparing a thiest with a criminal record to an atiest without one? What if the thiest was a muslim?
    What morals are we talking about anyway? Are we talking about religious morals, which differ between each diety and each denomination? Are we talking about legal morals, which differ between each country (sometimes even each state/province, region, city, ect)? Are we talking about cultural morals, which differ between each culture/subculture?
    Here's another question to ponder: Why isn't it considered bigotry to be biased against an athiest?

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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    I have never personally met an athiest, but through this board & must admit that if he walks his talk, then bogie alone has made me realize that an athiest can adhere to higher standards & morals than many christians I have personally known.

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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by wiseroption
    I have never personally met an athiest, but through this board & must admit that if he walks his talk, then bogie alone has made me realize that an athiest can adhere to higher standards & morals than many christians I have personally known.
    Well thanks wise. Whether or not I walk the walk I'll leave up to others but in my own experience, I've never been screwed by an athiest.
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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by bogie
    Anybody know a good place kicker that doesn't pray before each point after try?
    And many of these same kickers will use the lord's name in vane, immediately after missing the kick. Funny how that works.
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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeptic10787
    Here's another question to ponder: Why isn't it considered bigotry to be biased against an athiest?
    That is a great question. But when it comes to voting in an election, I'm probably as guilty as an evangelical. I would never vote for a "Pat Robertson" type of candidate.
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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Hey that's awesome, everyone has voted for the top option so far! Go atheists!
    I think it's fairly obvious that atheists are more moral than theists, I mean look at how many wars have been started over religion. None have been started over atheism (except maybe ones started by religions who disagree with atheism :p)

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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Interesting stance - athiest. It's not a bad thing - just a non-conforming situation. I like independant thinkers. I do not know anyone who could truly make the claim and I have been around awhile. I suspect, as in most things - there are many who hide behind the label hoping to be considered "deep". Athiest or agnostic is nothing to fear. History and current world events prove we have more to fear from people who claim a religious reason for their actions. Of course, they are crazies. We all know that suicide bombers are not martyrs. We will all be accountable for our lives and our actions at the end.

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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Wow, I'm surprised people know so few athiests.

    I know far more athiests than religious people. I hardly know anyone that attends a church/mosque/temple. Almost everyone is either an athiest/agnostic or some call themselves 'christian' but its because they were brought up in a christian family, and they say that they believe in god but they've never really thought about it, never read the bible, never done anything remotely religous.

    Actually now that I think about it I'm quite surprised. Besides from scam.com, I only know two people I would call Christian.

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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by kazza
    Wow, I'm surprised people know so few athiests.

    I know far more athiests than religious people. I hardly know anyone that attends a church/mosque/temple. Almost everyone is either an athiest/agnostic or some call themselves 'christian' but its because they were brought up in a christian family, and they say that they believe in god but they've never really thought about it, never read the bible, never done anything remotely religous.

    Actually now that I think about it I'm quite surprised. Besides from scam.com, I only know two people I would call Christian.
    You likely have a good point. Here in america I often think being athiest is somewhat like being gay. No, not that way you perverts, I mean few of us, athiests that is, come out of the closet. Not unlike a politician running for office would almost have to lie about his religious beliefs if he were an athiest. In many areas of society many feel that it's just easier to keep their religous, or non religious beliefs to themselves. The athiests that I personally know I knew for quite awhile before I knew they were athiest. Even as open as I am about it, I don't go around shouting it out in public. I really think that if I had a bumper sticker on my car proclaiming my non acceptance of religion, some good christian would put my comprehensive insurance on my car to the test the next time I parked at the mall.
    Last edited by bogie; 04-02-2007 at 05:03 AM.
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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by kazza
    Wow, I'm surprised people know so few athiests.

    I know far more athiests than religious people. I hardly know anyone that attends a church/mosque/temple. Almost everyone is either an athiest/agnostic or some call themselves 'christian' but its because they were brought up in a christian family, and they say that they believe in god but they've never really thought about it, never read the bible, never done anything remotely religous.

    Actually now that I think about it I'm quite surprised. Besides from scam.com, I only know two people I would call Christian.
    Yeah same here. The vast majority of people who go to university are atheist or agnostic too.

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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by SubJunk
    Yeah same here. The vast majority of people who go to university are atheist or agnostic too.
    I'll dig up some of my australian and new zealand dollars but do you guys have god on your money too? That's part of the problem in the US. God seems to be ingrained in society regardless of separation of church and state.
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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by wiseroption
    I have never personally met an athiest, but through this board & must admit that if he walks his talk, then bogie alone has made me realize that an athiest can adhere to higher standards & morals than many christians I have personally known.
    I think that if you read the posts of some of the other athiests like subjunk, kazza and leeguana not to mention others, you'll find them to be stand up guys.
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    Re: Do you know an atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by bogie
    I'll dig up some of my australian and new zealand dollars but do you guys have god on your money too? That's part of the problem in the US. God seems to be ingrained in society regardless of separation of church and state.
    I'm not sure about Australian but I don't think they are on NZ ones. I don't have any notes on me but there's nothing on the coins, I don't think there's anything on the notes either.
    I'm keen to know about Australia's money too.

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