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.
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.