We Got Them Beady Little Eyes, Y’See

Atheists identified as America’s most distrusted minority, according to new U of M study

American’s [sic] increasing acceptance of religious diversity doesn’t extend to those who don’t believe in a god, according to a national survey by researchers in the University of Minnesota’s department of sociology.

From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, university researchers found that Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in “sharing their vision of American society.” Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.

“Peggy, that atheist will never make a good husband. Why not marry Ted? He might be gay, but at least he believes in God!”

Edgell believes a fear of moral decline and resulting social disorder is behind the findings. “Americans believe they share more than rules and procedures with their fellow citizens–they share an understanding of right and wrong,” she said. “Our findings seem to rest on a view of atheists as self-interested individuals who are not concerned with the common good.”

It’s true. In fact, since I don’t have a God to inspire me, every act I make is motivated by a single question: Will this get me pie?

All kidding aside, given how things have been going for the past few years, I can easily say that I am proud to not share in this country’s “understanding” of right and wrong.

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7 Responses to We Got Them Beady Little Eyes, Y’See

  1. markos says:

    People are usually shocked to learn I’m atheist because I don’t fit their preconceived ideas of what an atheist should be.

  2. Mrs. Mancer says:

    Hmm: “self-interested individuals who are not concerned with the common good.?.”

    That doesn’t sound like the definition of “athiest.” That sounds more like something that rhymes with “trepublican.”

  3. Seamus Gentz says:

    Damn it, they figured out that all us atheists are really Satan worshippers. :(

  4. Vicky says:

    If what’s going on in this country right now is right, I think I’d much prefer being wrong. But of course I’m one of those evil animal-human-hybrids so what do I know.

  5. Kitty says:

    “Our findings seem to rest on a view of atheists as self-interested individuals who are not concerned with the common good.?

    Unbelievable. I’m more concerned about people who can’t be good unless some book or some guy tells them what to do.

  6. Chuck T. says:

    Unbelievable indeed. I suppose the distrust comes from the fact that without God whispering what to do in my ear, I have to make my own decisions. (Cue EC Comics “Good Lord! Choke!”)
    For me, the only influence God has on my life is as a mild swear word, as in “Who ate the goddamn pizza?” or “Jesus, what the hell’s wrong with you?” I’ve been trying to phase them out for years now, and have had mild success with “Jeebus” and “Sweet Zombie (or Monkey) Jesus,” but I haven’t got it yet.