This Group Does Not At All Agree with My Vision of American Society
—Conservative Christian 13.5%
—Recent Immigrant 12.5%
—Asian American 7.0%
—African American 4.6%
—White American 2.2%
I Would Disapprove if My Child Wanted to Marry a Member of This Group
—African American 27.2%
—Asian American 18.5%
—Conservative Christian 6.9%
Source: American Mosaic Project Survey, 2003.
Yes that's right, I don't believe in God, and due to that I am in the most distrusted group of people in the United States of America.
I am more hated than Muslims, the group of people blamed by Americans for 9/11
I am more hated than African Americans that have been oppressed in America (and other places of course) for hundreds of years.
More hated than the Jews, who have frankly been the scapegoats for everything bad in the world ever.
So why is this? To be fair I don't get it, Atheists as a whole have no common political agenda, and we come in all colours so it's not racism.
All I know is, it's common and it goes to the top.
Constitution of Arkansas:
No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court.http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/ar-constitution/arcart19/arcart19-1.htm
Constitution of Maryland:
Art. 36. That as it is the duty of every man to worship God in such manner as he thinks most acceptable to Him, all persons are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty; wherefore, no person ought by any law to be molested in his person or estate, on account of his religious persuasion, or profession, or for his religious practice, unless, under the color of religion, he shall disturb the good order, peace or safety of the State, or shall infringe the laws of morality, or injure others in their natural, civil or religious rights; nor ought any person to be compelled to frequent, or maintain, or contribute, unless on contract, to maintain, any place of worship, or any ministry; nor shall any person, otherwise competent, be deemed incompetent as a witness, or juror, on account of his religious belief; provided, he believes in the existence of God
, and that under His dispensation such person will be held morally accountable for his acts, and be rewarded or punished therefor either in this world or in the world to come.
Nothing shall prohibit or require the making reference to belief in, reliance upon, or invoking the aid of God or a Supreme Being in any governmental or public document, proceeding, activity, ceremony, school, institution, or place.
Nothing in this article shall constitute an establishment of religion (amended by Chapter 558, Acts of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970).
Art. 37. That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath prescribed by this Constitution. http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/43const/html/00dec.html
Constitution of Mississippi:
SECTION 265. Denial of Supreme Being disqualification to hold office.http://www.sos.state.ms.us/pubs/constitution/constitution.asp
Sec. 8. Disqualifications for office.
The following persons shall be disqualified for office:
First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God. http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/nc/stgovt/article_vi.HTM
SECTION 2. Person denying existence of Supreme Being not to hold office.
No person who denies the existence of the Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution. (1972 (57) 3181; 1973 (58) 83.) http://www.scstatehouse.gov/scconstitution/a06.htm
Atheists holding office
No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this State. http://www.tncrimlaw.com/law/constit/IX.html#2
No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/txconst/sections/cn000100-000400.html
Pennsylvania: Section 4. No person who acknowledges the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments shall, on account
of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or place of trust or profit under this Commonwealthhttp://www.dgs.state.pa.us/dgs/lib/dgs/pa_manual/section2/article_i.pdf
The Supreme Court abolished all of these in 1961, however laws disbarring atheists from holding office were present only 48 years ago.
That basically means that in some of these states African Americans had the right to hold office longer than atheists.
So as I've pointed out, Atheists are the most distrusted group in America, half of Americans would not marry an atheist, and 30%+ don't consider them "real" Americans.
And that’s terrible.
But this thread isn't entirely about that (although it mostly is), it's about discrimination as a whole 27% of people would be uncomfortable with their children marrying a black person, frankly that’s disgusting, what that shows is that 30% of Americans are openly racist.
But back to what this thread is mostly about and the question I want to ask you guys.
Why is America so hung up on atheism?
It doesn't even make sense in a historical setting, while many Americans love to claim that they live in a Christian nation, the great men who founded the country and wrote the declaration of independence would probably laugh in your face if you said such a thing.
Lets go through the list:
Jefferson: was the most outspoken supporter of separation of church and state, wrote the Jefferson bible where he basically rips sections of the bible out because Jesus is made to look like a dick in them.
Was considered an infidel by some:
"Should the infidel Jefferson be elected to the Presidency, the seal of death is that moment set on our holy religion, our churches will be prostrated, and some infamous prostitute, under the title of goddess of reason, will preside in the sanctuaries now devoted to the worship of the most High."http://www.trivia-library.com/b/u-s-president-thomas-jefferson-quotes-about-jefferson.htm
Often considered a deist and definitely not a traditional Christian. For one (although I can't find a relevant source right now, did not believe in hell)
"I soon became a thorough Deist"http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/preservation/bios/franklin/chpt4.htm
Washington: most likely Christian although he kept himself to himself, unlike a large section of Christian denominations in the US today.
I'm British I can't think of anymore of them lol.
Can anyone explain why I, and others like me are so hated, do you have any insights?
Do you hate me?
Also don't turn this into an evolution V creationism debate, because I know it will.