Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

There are 38669 comments on the www.washingtonpost.com story from Apr 30, 2011, titled Why do Americans still dislike atheists?. In it, www.washingtonpost.com reports that:

Long after blacks and Jews have made great strides, and even as homosexuals gain respect, acceptance and new rights, there is still a group that lots of Americans just don't like much: atheists.

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Since: Feb 11

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#39080 Jun 29, 2012
-Skeptic- wrote:
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Counting the number of people who believe something, doesn't make the underlying belief true.
Counting the number of people who don't believe something, doesn't make the underlying belief false.

“There is no god!”

Since: Jun 12

Södertälje, Sweden

#39081 Jun 29, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Government of Sweden still supports the church of Sweden.
if they get money from the state why are they closing down church building and selling churches to the catholic church and other ?

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#39082 Jun 29, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Counting the number of people who don't believe something, doesn't make the underlying belief false.
Considering that we agree atheists are a minority, what exactly is your point?

“Blue Collar Philosopher”

Since: Nov 08

Texas, USA

#39083 Jun 29, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Counting the number of people who don't believe something, doesn't make the underlying belief false.
Since we're talking about societal trends ... "counting the number of people" is, in this case, a valid approach. You have already thrown out some numbers ... there's no need to argue about them. Is the "notbot" number growing and the "godbot" number shrinking? I think that is the case. Simple extrapolation leads to the conclusion that godbot days are numbered.

Of course, you godbots see the same trends and in some long repressed logic centers of your atrophied craniums the same conclusions are being drawn. This is a frightening realization to you all. What I find frightening, is the godbot's spasmodic but determined efforts to undermine the progress. Lie, cheat, propagandize ... y'all even go so far as to weaken the educational fabric of our nation (indeed the world) to achieve your ends. Who would have thought you would stoop so low? Despicable creatures, as you graciously illustrate so often.

Since: Feb 11

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#39084 Jun 29, 2012
-Skeptic- wrote:
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You're hallucinating again, just keep atheists out of your delusions.
You do not speak for atheists, and still waiting for you to back up your assertions.

You do think you have to back up your big fat soft mouth?

Since: Feb 10

Ripley, TN

#39085 Jun 29, 2012
wolverine wrote:
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Sad Thing Is, These Reproducing Cockroaches Will Be The Majority In 12 Short Years, According To The Latest Reports.
May As Well.....This Isnt America Anymore.....Im Starting A New Country On My Own Ialand...No Political Correctness, And No Immigration....Shot On Site For Trespassing.
Only One Judge.....ME
sounds like my house lol.. Trespassers will be shot. except my sign say`s survivors will be shot again, was wondering up in your country are the fires scooting you out?

Since: Feb 11

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#39086 Jun 29, 2012
Mikko wrote:
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if they get money from the state why are they closing down church building
Sweden continues to provide funding for Church of Sweden- direct taxation- over here is the USA, this would be illegal.

No matter how hard you stomp your fat little feet.

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#39087 Jun 29, 2012
RHill wrote:
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Since we're talking about societal trends ... "counting the number of people" is, in this case, a valid approach. You have already thrown out some numbers .
Difference being: I can back the numbers of have posted and I am not the one dodging retractions and statements I have made.

Eh, Booby?

Since: Feb 10

Ripley, TN

#39088 Jun 29, 2012
RHill wrote:
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Since we're talking about societal trends ... "counting the number of people" is, in this case, a valid approach. You have already thrown out some numbers ... there's no need to argue about them. Is the "notbot" number growing and the "godbot" number shrinking? I think that is the case. Simple extrapolation leads to the conclusion that godbot days are numbered.
Of course, you godbots see the same trends and in some long repressed logic centers of your atrophied craniums the same conclusions are being drawn. This is a frightening realization to you all. What I find frightening, is the godbot's spasmodic but determined efforts to undermine the progress. Lie, cheat, propagandize ... y'all even go so far as to weaken the educational fabric of our nation (indeed the world) to achieve your ends. Who would have thought you would stoop so low? Despicable creatures, as you graciously illustrate so often.
Well what have i missed the last few days? anything worth going back and reading? been getting another work truck ,crashed mine totaled it. they shut down 3 more mines in the area 300 jobs lost, now paying alot of attention to this health care mess. So does this mean i`m going to have to pay more taxes so barfus can get his meds?

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#39089 Jun 29, 2012
RHill wrote:
Simple extrapolation leads to the conclusion that godbot days are numbered.
Funny how you have been asked to back this up point blank and you and your fellow NotBots stand there with your cock-in-your-hand and nothing else.

Do show us your simple extrapolation which leads to the conclusion that theist days are numbered while the number proves that the theist numbers continue to increase.

Do explain how increasing numbers mean numbers are going to decrease.

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#39090 Jun 29, 2012
VinceP wrote:
<quoted text>Well what have i missed the last few days?
County jail releasing inmates because they are short of funds again, jailbird?

Lucky for you, eh?

Since: Jun 07

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#39091 Jun 29, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Funny how you have been asked to back this up point blank and you and your fellow NotBots stand there with your cock-in-your-hand and nothing else.
Do show us your simple extrapolation which leads to the conclusion that theist days are numbered while the number proves that the theist numbers continue to increase.
Do explain how increasing numbers mean numbers are going to decrease.
It helps if you can prove that you aren't a liar and that you haven't hallucinated the whole thing.

“There are other issues.”

Since: May 09

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#39092 Jun 29, 2012
wolverine wrote:
<quoted text>Sad Thing Is, These Reproducing Cockroaches Will Be The Majority In 12 Short Years, According To The Latest Reports.

May As Well.....This Isnt America Anymore.....Im Starting A New Country On My Own Ialand...No Political Correctness, And No Immigration....Shot On Site For Trespassing.

Only One Judge.....ME
Yeah yeah dude. Are you one of those border hicks with a gun and a cowboy hat?

“There are other issues.”

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#39093 Jun 29, 2012
-Skeptic- wrote:
<quoted text>Counting the number of people who believe something, doesn't make the underlying belief true.

Evidence is what makes it true or not.
So atheism will not take over this country. Stop smoking crack.

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#39094 Jun 29, 2012
-Skeptic- wrote:
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It helps if you can prove that you aren't a liar
Show the forum where I asserted Hitler was an atheist.

See if you can managed to find the post among the dozens of times I have said Hitler was a Catholic and see if you can do it so everyone here in this forum can pretend they haven't seen me post it sometimes several times a day.

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#39095 Jun 29, 2012
Educated What wrote:
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So atheism will not take over this country. Stop smoking crack.
Never said it would, but its interesting to hear your irrational Creationist fears.

It makes a great study into small-mindedness.

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#39096 Jun 29, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Show the forum where I asserted Hitler was an atheist.
See if you can managed to find the post among the dozens of times I have said Hitler was a Catholic and see if you can do it so everyone here in this forum can pretend they haven't seen me post it sometimes several times a day.
Considering that you believe in god, the fact that you think Hitler wasn't atheist loses it's merit sadly.

In fact any opinion espoused by you, racist or otherwise is pretty much considered bullsh*t.

That is tie fate of all trolls.

“There is no god!”

Since: Jun 12

Södertälje, Sweden

#39097 Jun 29, 2012
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Sweden continues to provide funding for Church of Sweden- direct taxation- over here is the USA, this would be illegal.
No matter how hard you stomp your fat little feet.
they get church contributions and church antiquarian compensation so that old churches don't fall down to the ground

"The grants provided varies in size. Most money goes to the mold remediation in Varnhem Abbey. More than 7 million paid to keep this national treasure in the state. The minimum amount is 9000 SEK and goes to conservation of church silver in the Sandhults church.
In total there are about 140 of the diocese 440 churches that may have access to grants in any form. Everything is not for the church buildings. Some money goes to the inventory and preservation of especially valuable objects in cemeteries."

http://www.svenskakyrkan.se/default.aspx...

money doesn't go to preachers and bibles!

Since: Jun 07

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#39098 Jun 29, 2012
I think you should have a conversation about Hitler's Catholicism with Educated What.

Because it will be fun to see two foolish trolls fighting over who knew what Hitler's true beliefs were.

You're both qualified to know, considering he was also a crazy maniac too.

Since: Mar 11

Louisville, KY

#39099 Jun 29, 2012
Why even waste your time on the mouth breather? He's to terrified to even state what his religion is and keeps playing dodge ball when asked. Just a waste of bandwidth troll who can only insult and desperately try to change the subject. Until he has the intellectual honesty to answer a simple question that even a first grader could it's Time to flush that turd.
-Skeptic- wrote:
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It helps if you can prove that you aren't a liar and that you haven't hallucinated the whole thing.

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