Why are We Antagonistic Towards Atheists?

by Savitha C Muppala on  December 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM General Health News
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Most of us might feel antagonistic towards atheists and the reason behind this is mainly distrust of them a new University of British Columbia study has revealed. In fact the degree of distrust is equivalent to the contempt we feel for rapists, the study revealed.
 Why are We Antagonistic Towards Atheists?
Why are We Antagonistic Towards Atheists?

Researchers think that this negative feeling towards atheists may have its roots in our perception of morality which is always connected to our belief in God. Nearly 50% of Americans feel that morality is not possible without belief in God.

 "People did not significantly differentiate atheists from rapists," the study said.

This is the first study of its kind which has delved into anti-atheist sentiments and researchers are hoping that this study will help deal with such prejudices.



Source: Medindia

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Most theists have a completely false idea of where a moral code of conduct comes from and why most human beings adhere to it most of the time. They tend to assume that atheists are amoral because of this.

SusanT

The reason for the distrust is obvious: it is taught from the pulpit. Religion is a business, a BIG tax-free business in the US with absolutely no regulations or quality control. Atheism or secular humanism threatens that business greatly, exposing it as fraudulent. To keep the sheep in the fold, religionists must make sure the sheep are fearful of what lies beyond the confines of their system. Hence the demonization and stigmatization of unbelievers. That is why nonbelievers are speaking out more and more and the religious war is escalating.

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