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  • being an atheist is a bad thing when 1 in 6 people on the planet are atheist/nontheist.

    • [they say that like] being an atheist is a bad thing when 1 in 6 people on the planet are atheist/nontheist.

      I'm wary of numbers either way; it's always a matter of swinging the "undecideds" anyway -- i.e., getting people who couldn't explain an idea to save their lives, to claim to support it when they're polled.

      And speaking of polls:

      «In an entertaining article last year in the New York Times magazine, Natalie Angier recorded how lonely it was to admit to being an atheist in the US, where 86% of the population say they believe in heaven and 76% in hell. What was telling about her research was how few people would consider electing an atheist president. While 92% would be happy to vote for a woman (up from 76% in 1978) and 95% would elect a black leader (up from 73%), only 49% could countenance a non-believer (up from 40%).»

      --"God's own country" [guardian.co.uk]

      But then, polls always show that people be dumbs.

      I think that the polls also show that the ideal presidential candidate would be Della Reese (you know, the soulful black lady [touched.com] from That Angels Show (which is at once a source of debate over whether it's too Jeebus or not Jeebus enough [probe.org])

      • I don't think there's any rule that says you can't be both an Atheist and a card carryin' christian at the same time why, look at Billy Graham or the Catholic Church. The church is like a country club honey, you don't actually have to believe anything but you do have to go and 'be seen' on holy days and at weekly mass.

        And I'd like to know who did that poll as 92% happy to vote for a woman? Remember Ferraro? Jarkko asked me during the 2000 elections which would be more likely, a) a black man or b) white wo