[Marxism] 10 myths -- and 10 truths -- about atheism

Jeffrey Thomas Piercy, El Pato Comunista mqduck at sonic.net
Fri Dec 29 03:14:52 MST 2006

Walter Lippmann wrote:
> SEVERAL POLLS indicate that the term "atheism" has acquired such an
> extraordinary stigma in the United States that being an atheist is
> now a perfect impediment to a career in politics (in a way that being
> black, Muslim or homosexual is not). According to a recent Newsweek
> poll, only 37% of Americans would vote for an otherwise qualified
> atheist for president.
> Atheists are often imagined to be intolerant, immoral, depressed,
> blind to the beauty of nature and dogmatically closed to evidence of
> the supernatural.
> Even John Locke, one of the great patriarchs of the Enlightenment,
> believed that atheism was "not at all to be tolerated" because, he
> said, "promises, covenants and oaths, which are the bonds of human
> societies, can have no hold upon an atheist."
> That was more than 300 years ago. But in the United States today,
> little seems to have changed. A remarkable 87% of the population
> claims "never to doubt" the existence of God; fewer than 10% identify
> themselves as atheists — and their reputation appears to be
> deteriorating.

In the 2001 census, those who fell under the category of "No 
Religion/Atheist/Agnostic" were 15% of the population. Even if these new 
numbers are true, "less than 10%" is still probably higher than all 
non-Christian religious folk combined, 5.2%.

Also, are you sure that more than 37% would say they'd vote for an 
atheist president in the past? I wouldn't think it's a new trend.

Finally, in a June 24-27 poll 53% said no when asked if they "could vote 
for a Muslim candidate for president" versus 34% who said yes. The first 
time I saw that I was rather shocked at how conscious (and accepting) 
people are of their own prejudice. It's like its actually PC to openly 
distrust American Muslims.

More information about the Marxism mailing list