Atheists: Take part in a study about stigma and secularism

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Atheists: Take part in a study about stigma and secularism

If you have the time to support this research (only about 30min), then please do. IMHO, the more research we can support in identifying the significant differences secularists have to deal with on a day to day basis, the more public awareness will raise, and the less threatening words like 'secular', 'atheist', etc. will become. Part of carving out your place in society is speaking up and proclaiming who you are.

Of course, the survey is anonymous, and it is run by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Take the National Secular Survey here

Note: This was also promoted on Richard Dawkins' site.

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 I just took the survey and

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 I just took the survey and found it interesting the bias in the questions themselves. Particularly 

 

survey wrote:

What best describes your belief about the bible?

Literal truth and word of God

Divinely inspired word of Gaod

Book of stories with a good message

Book of stories with little value

Just a book of stories-neutral about its value

Other/Don't Know

No option for "Book of stories with detrimental value"? I was forced to choose "other" which also includes me with the don't know crowd. Which can then be easily interpreted as "Well these people don't know their opinion on the bible so they must not have read it." Whoever wrote the questions seems to be assuming that if that bible has any value it is good. 

 

 

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Yea,

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Yea, I dislike surveys like this.  I filled it out, but there are always questions that don't have any good answer.

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[*** SPOILERS BELOW ***

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Yeah, guys, I had similar issues, like the detrimental value thing. However, the best way to respond to that is to send constructive feedback to the study's author. That's what I did, actually. I mentioned the problem with the Bible question; it was the main reason I sent the feedback. The intro page lists this contact information:

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You may ask any questions concerning this research before agreeing to participate in the study. You may call the investigator at any time, office phone, (402) 472-3631. If you have questions concerning your rights as a research subject that have not been answered by the investigator, you may contact the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institutional Review Board, telephone (402) 472-6965.

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  Name and Phone number of investigator(s)   Christopher R.H. Garneau, M.A., Principal Investigator Office: (402) 472-3631   Philip Schwadel, Ph.D., Project Advisor                          Office: (402) 472-6008 For technical questions or assistance contact the Bureau of Sociological Research at bosr@unl.edu or 1-800-480-4549

I actually sent my response to that email address at the bottom, asking them to forward it to the principal investigator, since there's no way I'm going to call long distance.

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I took it and when it asked

I took it and when it asked where you were from, it only had US states.

 

 


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Cpt_pineapple wrote:I took

Cpt_pineapple wrote:

I took it and when it asked where you were from, it only had US states.

Yeah, me too. I also commented about that in my email, saying I hoped they wouldn't just dump non-US respondents' data, but would perhaps make use of it somehow. Haven't got any reply yet.

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I took the survey without

I took the survey without reading comments and as of this posting I still haven't read anyone else's comments.



 

Usually my gripe with surveys are the wording of questions and the answer choices available. Many of the questions didn't have enough answer choices.

 



The bible question forced me either say the bible is awesome and the word of God or is was nuetral, wtf? Can't I say the bible is negative?



 

The question on political affiliation was a scale from very liberal to very conservative? The fuck, politics is not a sliding scale, no option for independent?


The definition of secular was...strange, it included non-religious people with supernatural beliefs? How is that secular?


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lalib wrote:I took the

lalib wrote:

I took the survey without reading comments and as of this posting I still haven't read anyone else's comments.



 

Usually my gripe with surveys are the wording of questions and the answer choices available. Many of the questions didn't have enough answer choices.

 



The bible question forced me either say the bible is awesome and the word of God or is was nuetral, wtf? Can't I say the bible is negative?



 

The question on political affiliation was a scale from very liberal to very conservative? The fuck, politics is not a sliding scale, no option for independent?


The definition of secular was...strange, it included non-religious people with supernatural beliefs? How is that secular?

Yea, that was a bit weird...including hippies.

 

On the other hand, they it might be interesting to compare the data for hippies to atheists.

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