This link is NOT referencing the study that is referred to in the last video post I made. This study is even more recent than that and even more unfortunate.
“Religious believers distrust atheists more than members of other religious groups, gays and feminists, according to a new study by University of B.C. researchers.
The only group the study’s participants distrusted as much as atheists was rapists, said doctoral student Will Gervais, lead author of the study published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.”
Go ahead and read that line a few times if you need to. Atheists fall in line with rapists on the level of trust. Rapists, a sub-class of scum I find so reprehensible and disgusting it honestly makes me ashamed to even post this link. Yes, polls can not always be trusted but people distrusting Atheists is not an isolated finding. I assure you, I wish this was a gross exaggeration.
I am not posting these things in the hopes of having a pity party for the poor treatment of Atheist but simply to share the information. The fact that some people seem so distrusting of these results shows even more that there is so much left to do in raising awareness of the discrimination against Atheists. I am doing it show that Atheists are struggling to be accepted. I am not posting this to marginalize any other persecuted groups. I am not looking to turn this in to a competition but perhaps the outrage a few people are expressing in comments at these result is even more reason to find these results disturbing.
Why the US is not a Christian nation:
This morning, a girl in my sorority claimed that the US was “founded on Christian values” and that’s why anti-choicers (she called them pro-life, of course) think they have the right to force their religion into out laws and uteri. I told her she was wrong, and she tried to argue with me. I prepared to prove her wrong: “I am an American Government major. You are an Asian Studies major. I KNOW what the Constitution says, I’ve read it so many times I’ve lost count” So then I found this article from July 4, 2011, which I will be sending her way - quoted at length below.
Beyond that, the first House of Representatives, while debating the First Amendment, specifically rejected a Senate proposal calling for the establishment of Christianity as an official religion. As Lambert concludes, “There would be no Church of the United States. Nor would America represent itself as a Christian Republic.”
The actions of the first presidents, founders of the first rank, confirmed this “original intent:”
— In 1790, President George Washington wrote to America’s first synagogue, in Rhode Island, that “all possess alike liberty of conscience” and that “toleration” was an “inherent national gift,” not the government’s to dole out or take away
— In 1797, with President John Adams in office, the Senate unanimously approved one of America’s earliest foreign treaties, which emphatically stated (Article 11): “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion, — as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen (Muslims) …”
— In 1802, Jefferson added his famous “wall of separation,” implicit in the Constitution until he so described it (and cited in several Supreme Court decisions since).
These are, to borrow an admittedly loaded phrase, “inconvenient truths” to those who proclaim that America is a “Christian Nation.”
The Constitution and the views of these Founding Fathers trump all arguments about references to God in presidential speeches (permitted under the First Amendment), on money (not introduced until the Civil War), the Pledge of Allegiance (“under God” added in 1954) and in the national motto “In God We Trust” (adopted by law in 1956).
You all know how I feel about “In God We Trust” on money (it should more truthfully read “In this piece of paper we trust”), and “Under God” in the Pledge (though I don’t say it anyway). In short: THIS IS NOT, NOR HAS IT EVER BEEN, A CHRISTIAN NATION. Kthanksbye.
[And on a side note, what is it with people who have NEVER read the Constitution in full claiming that they know exactly what’s in it and what the intent was?]
What if America truly were a Christian nation?
By TOM EHRICH GateHouse News Service
What if America truly were a Christian nation?
Not a Southern Baptist nation, or an Episcopal nation, or a Roman Catholic nation. Not grounded in the doctrinal and ecclesiastical isms that have grown up over the centuries. But a Christian nation, doing what Jesus did.
Well, we wouldn’t be arguing about sex, that’s for sure. Jesus devoted no time to matters of sexuality.
We wouldn’t be leading cheers for any particular economic system, capitalist or socialist, for in his many teachings about wealth and power, Jesus saw both as snares and delusions.
We wouldn’t be taking votes on who gets medical care, or who gets to live, or who gets to learn, or whose rights matter more, or whose race or religion can’t be allowed to breathe freely. For Jesus gave healing to all who asked, defended the lives of sinners, taught all who were eager to learn, welcomed all to his circle — even outcasts, lepers and children. He had no regard for his own tradition’s finely tuned boundaries.
We wouldn’t be loading great wealth onto the already wealthy, but rather would be asking them to follow the lead of biblical tax collector Zacchaeus and to give away half of what they have.
We wouldn’t need as many lawyers, because generosity would trump tax-reduction strategies, parables would trump rules, property would be shared as needed and people would be forgiving — not suing — each other.
If we were a genuinely Christian nation, we would be gathering the harvest of this abundant land and sharing it with the hungry of our own land and of many lands. We would forgive our enemies, speak truth to power and go forth to serve and to sacrifice, not to rule.
We would stand with the poor when predators circled around them. We would stand with sinners when the self-righteous picked up stones. We would join hands with nonconformists and strangers.
We would become God’s beacon to the nations. And when the tired and poor followed that light to our borders, we would greet them with open arms and make room for them in our communities.
That’s what Jesus did, and that is what it would mean to be a Christian nation.
So to those who insist that America be a Christian nation, I ask: Is this truly what you want? Do you want the I-was-hungry-and-you-gave-me-something-to-eat of Matthew 25? Do you want the
Sermon on the Mount? Do you want to shine God’s light in the darkness?
Your behavior says no.
Your shouts against generosity say no.
Your penchant for oppressive culture says no.
Your willingness to shower wealth on the few while the many suffer says no.
Your hostility to freedom says no.
So stop pretending. At least be as honest as the hedge fund manager who paid himself $8 billion last year. It’s “all about the Benjamins,” not the Gospel. It’s about stifling any freedom but your own. It’s about imposing your cultural preferences on others. It’s about turning your fears and appetites into law. It’s about you, not about Jesus Christ.
That’s the nature of politics, of course: one “you” versus another “you.” That’s fine, and it’s why we formed a democracy, so that our various interests could compete fairly. Just spare us the religious posturing.
If America became a Christian nation, doing what Jesus did, you would be aghast.
Tom Ehrich (www.morningwalk
media.com) is a writer, Episcopal priest and church consultant. Religion News Service distributes his column.
- emphasis added, and if more Christians thought like this guy and spoke out about it… like this guy, I wouldn’t have NEARLY the problem I have with religion.