It’s funny that the hurricane “threatening” the GOP convention in Tampa has the Biblical name Isaac.
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.
[trigger warning: child sexual abuse]
I’ve seen Christians try to argue that it is somehow so utterly psychologically devastating for a child to know about sexuality from a young age. Let me tell you what’s devastating – what’s devastating is being terrified everyday of your life. What’s devastating is curling up on the floor sobbing because your mother is about to leave you with your brothers and you can’t tell her why you’re so afraid. What’s devastating is listening day in and day out to your sermons on purity, to the way you decide that thinking on only good and happy thoughts is the measure of a quality Christian.What’s far more devastating than any child who is aware of their own body and aware of what bodies can do is being unaware and at the hands of those who know how to take advantage of that. And I put this on the shoulders of my father, my brother, but also my mother, and also my church, and also all of conservative Christianity. All of you have contributed to this.
Trigger warning for childhood sexual abuse on this post. And ugh, it was hard to write, and my emotions got in the way of articulating this well.