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Nap Time!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2007
Note to Scott Lucas

Control for political correctness:
According to a study published in the American Sociological Review, "Americans' increasing acceptance of religious diversity doesn’t extend to those who don’t believe in a god." Researchers from the University of Minnesota's department of sociology found that "Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in 'sharing their vision of American society.'" Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry. Think about that for a second: Atheists get lower marks than groups commonly associated in the public discourse with terrorism, lawlessness, and the breakdown of the family, respectively.
But even ignoring the failed control for PC, I'm more curious about this athiest/gay comparison for who folks are going to let their children marry. When it comes to gays, is there ever really a choice? "Listen here, son, I don't want you marrying that atheist woman. Stick to lesbians." By the way, doesn't this:
Atheists are, and have been for a long time, one of those excluded groups. That helps explain why Americans seem so anxious to proclaim their belief in God as a component of patriotism and national unity. But what has been fascinating so far about the Pete Stark case is how little outrage it has generated. In town hall meetings in Newark and San Leandro on Saturday, the veteran representative received only cheers and applause when a speaker brought up the atheism story.
sort of nullify his thesis?

posted by Beetle Aurora Drake 3/18/2007 10:51:00 PM #
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The thing with Pete Stark is that he is one vote amongst 435 in the House. If, say, an incumbent President were to declare his atheism, we would certainly see a lot more irrational fear due to a sense of a loss of "divine protection". What God would give His people a leader who did not believe in Him?
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