“Why do Americans still dislike atheists?”

Why do Americans still dislike atheists? It’s not because we’re a bunch of smelly, jerky, whiny babies?

Here’s an article from the Washington Post: 

By Gregory Paul and Phil Zuckerman, Published: April 29, 2011

Long after blacks and Jews have made great strides, and even as homosexuals gain respect, acceptance and new rights, there is still a group that lots of Americans just don’t like much: atheists. Those who don’t believe in God are widely considered to be immoral, wicked and angry. They can’t join the Boy Scouts. Atheist soldiers are rated potentially deficient when they do not score as sufficiently “spiritual” in military psychological evaluations. Surveys find that most Americans refuse or are reluctant to marry or vote for nontheists; in other words, nonbelievers are one minority still commonly denied in practical terms the right to assume office despite the constitutional ban on religious tests.

Rarely denounced by the mainstream, this stunning anti-atheist discrimination is egged on by Christian conservatives who stridently — and uncivilly — declare that the lack of godly faith is detrimental to society, rendering nonbelievers intrinsically suspect and second-class citizens.

Is this knee-jerk dislike of atheists warranted? Not even close.

A growing body of social science research reveals that atheists, and non-religious people in general, are far from the unsavory beings many assume them to be. On basic questions of morality and human decency — issues such as governmental use of torture, the death penalty, punitive hitting of children, racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, environmental degradation or human rights — the irreligious tend to be more ethical than their religious peers, particularly compared with those who describe themselves as very religious.

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Sarah Palin heaps insult on top of … violence

Sarah Palin would have fared better if she kept her mouth shut at this point. Her public statement regarding the Gabrielle Giffords violence is grabbing attention for including an anti-semitic statement. She used the term blood libel, which unbeknownst to me (but probably not you), it is the term that refers to the idea that Jews use the blood of Christian babies to make matzoh. Such claims have been used to murder hundreds of Jews.

Of course, Pat Buchanan is giving Palin a high five and a four-fingered wiggly woo on her crotch.

How about Palin in the above statement talking about that age old, international past time of dueling. What the hell were her speech writers thinking?

And, hey, is she using a teleprompter?

Whatever Sarah Palin. You’re dumb as rocks. Congratulations on making yourself appear even dumber.