Monday, March 27, 2006

UMN news: Atheists identified as America's most distrusted minority

“Even though atheists are few in number, not formally organized and relatively hard to publicly identify, they are seen as a threat to the American way of life by a large portion of the American public. ” Well guess what, America: us atheists often see the Christian majority as a threat to our way of life… And where does the 3% come from? The Census Bureau can’t ask, but table 67 of the 2004-2005 Statistical Abstract of the United States suggests it’s either a lot less (902 of 207,980 (0.4%) self-identified as “atheist”) or a lot more (29,481 (14.2%) in total as “no religion”. (via Metafilter, although pickings are thin in the resulting thread)