Where have they been? Media now reporting Pew survey, atheists know more about religion.
direct link to the study: http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-Practices/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx
WHAT A SHOCKER.
New survey says we know more about religion than our believing counterparts. DUH!
Now, the stereotypical question we often get is why? If we don't believe in their superstitious garbage, why do we bother?
Because it affects all aspects of life, from personal, to political, to global.
I once got yelled at by a man who saw my atheist bumpersticker "WHY, if you don't believe why do you quote the bible"?
That is so stupid. That would be like an offense in an NFL game complaining that their QB got sacked because of their bad offensive line.
I think if anyone makes a claim ON ANY ISSUE, only a fool blindly accepts it. If your position is worth holding, it should be able to withstand being kicked around. If a claim ON ANY ISSUE, cannot be kicked around, then maybe the person holding that position should rethink that position.
We know more about religion because we don't blindly buy what people sell. Most believers simply buy what the guy in the pulpit sells them and then go home on sunday and watch NASCAR or NFL.
WE DO recommend that EVERYONE read from cover to cover their holy books. How anyone can buy magical fantastic claims of "poof" "god did it" and not see that it is merely myth, requires one to suspend skepticism and questioning.
If one can accept that the sun is not a thinking being, as once believed by the Ancient Egyptians, then it should not be a stretch to reject, even the generic claim of a brain with no brain or body, or cerebellum, or neurons. Much less one that pops adults of dirt, screws virgins without a penis or sperm.
There is no such thing as a disembodied brain or "chosen people". Deities are merely anthropomorphism as a reflection of human ignorance as a placebo gap answer in an attempt to protect our own egos.
Why do atheists know more about religion than most religious people? Because we don't let fear or ignorance stop us from questioning. Questioning set norms is why blacks are no longer slaves. Questioning is why women can vote now. Questioning is why we know what an atom is, and what neurons are. Questioning is why we no longer believe the earth is flat.
Questioning is good and is the only way to filter out crap.
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