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  •  Maybe things have changed (1+ / 0-)
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    in the last few years, but atheists used to be at the very bottom of electability polls. People would vote for just about anyone before they would for a professed atheist. Things may have become more tolerant since then, but an actual atheist who says he or she is one is still a long shot. It's about the last shunned minority, which means, considering  American culture, we're doing something right.

    I also think the polls that show 15% or 25% or whatever the number is of non-religious doesn't mean that all these folks are atheists. The majority are likely seekers or casual disbelievers or something else. Actual atheists are likely a small percentage.

    I try not to be militant, but when you're hearing all the silliness of the various supernaturalisms, it's really hard to keep a straight face.

    •  Yep. Still most unelectable (1+ / 0-)
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      According to this.

      I am also not going to dispute your characterization of the non-religious group. Whether or not people identify themselves as Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics, whatever, is unimportant. Regardless, we are seen as less than the religious. I use Atheist the most merely for convenience's sake, I will not lie. I get tired of writing Atheist/Agnostic/Secular/Humanist/Free-Thinker/Spiritualist, and if people take offense to being generalized as Atheist, they can make it known, I won't object.

      •  Interesting (0+ / 0-)

        I haven't seen the polls in a number of years. So atheists are gaining in approval, but they're still at the bottom. Oh well, it doesn't matter all that much really because every pol has to do the God thing anyway. I guess another sign of the low standing of atheists is that while there is a Log Cabin group, however unpopular with their fellow Republicans, I don't beleive there is a similar group of non-believers.

        I don't know if there is an exact breakdown of the non-religious, but I'm guessing that actual atheists are a minority, whatever terminology one wants to use. I'm not a real big fan of the word atheist for a number of reasons, but I don't mind other terms. Whatever one wants to call the non-religious, most probably are against a position that is theocratic. There are likely more points in common than not.

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