A majority of Americans claim they would not vote even for a well-qualified atheist for president. More recently, a 2006 study at the University of Minnesota showed atheists to be the most mistrusted minority among Americans.
"Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in 'sharing their vision of American society.' Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry."
- Study: Atheists Most Discriminated Minority
The Agnostic FallacyStudy: Atheists Most Discriminated MinorityDiscrimination of the Atheist
What is an atheist?
"An atheist is a person who does not believe in the existence of a god, i.e., in the existence of a supernatural being. Why doesn't the atheist believe in a god? Quite simply, because belief in a god is unreasonable. Can the atheist prove that a god does not exist? The atheist need not 'prove' the nonexistence of a god, just as one who does not believe in magic elves, fairies, and gremlins does not have to prove their nonexistence. A person who asserts the existence of something assumes the burden of proof. The theist, or god-believer, asserts the existence of a god and must prove the claim. If the theist fails in this task, reasonable people will reject the belief as groundless. Atheists do not believe in a god because there is no reason they should. But haven't philosophers proved the existence of a god? No. All such attempts have failed. Most philosophers and theologians now concede that belief in a god must rest on faith, not on reason. Then why not accept the existence of a god on faith? Because to believe on faith is to defy and abandon the judgment of one's mind. Faith conflicts with reason. It cannot give you knowledge; it can only delude you into believing that you know more than you really do. Faith is intellectually dishonest, and it should be rejected by every person of integrity."Proper Definition & Meaning of 'Atheist'
Blog: Nonbelievers in religion persecuted, executed worldwide under barbaric blasphemy lawsUN "Blasphemy Resolution"Religion in the United StatesDiscrimination against atheistsBlatant discrimination against non-believers throughout the bible
:Non-believers should be killed:Deuteronomy 13:6-10
"If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you ... Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die."Believe in Jesus or be condemned:John 3:16-18
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already
, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."1 John 4:2-3
Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.Believe in Jesus or be denied:Matthew 10:33
: (RSV) "but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven"Non-believers are all considered anti-christs!:2 John 7
: "For many deceivers have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist
Why the need for the Epistles of John to claim that those who don't believe in Jesus are not of God or that they are "deceivers
" and "antichrists
"? That's just plain old fashioned discrimination and a tactic used to force submission and turn everybody else into 2nd class citizens. If Jesus really existed there would be no need for any such discrimination. Shouldn't people, especially Christians, be asking, "Who were those people who "confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh
" and why?The burning of unbelievers during the Inquisition was based on the words of Jesus:John 15:6
"If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."
Burnings are described several times in the Bible, including Acts 19:19, 1 Maccabees 1:56 and Jeremiah 36:27 and here are 73 more verses mentioning fire
.They are without God: 2 John 9
"Whosoever ... abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God."Psalm 14:1 and 53:1
: "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no god.' They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good.Non-believers should be shunned. Neither marry nor be friends with them:2 Corinthians 6:14-17
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? ... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord."Revelation 20:15
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."Democracy, moderation in the Bible?
Isn't it interesting that there exists no democracy in the bible? The god of the bible is certainly no moderate either.
The Effects of Biblical Discrimination to this Day
"...Nowhere in Scripture will you find an acknowledgment that each individual has an "inalienable right" to be treated with fairness and respect, or that "We, the People" are capable of governing ourselves. There is no democracy in the "word of God." In the bible, humans are "worms" and "sinners" deserving damnation, "slaves" who should humbly submit to all kings, heavenly and earthly."
"American laws are based on a secular constitution, not the bible. Any scriptures that might support a good law do so only because they have met the test of human values, which long predate the ineffective Ten Commandments."
"The God of Scripture slaughtered entire groups of people that offended his vanity, ordering young virgins to be kept alive as war booty for his priests (Numbers 31). "Happy shall be he that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones," he advised (Psalm 137:9), threatening those with the wrong religion that "their women with child shall be ripped up" (Hosea 13:16), sending bears to attack 42 children who teased a prophet (II Kings 2:23-24), punishing innocent offspring to the fourth generation (Exodus 20:5), discriminating against the handicapped (Leviticus 21:18-23), promising that fathers and sons would eat each other (Ezekiel 5:10), and much more that we would find repugnant in a human being. In this theistic universe, morality is severed from reality and reduced to flattering the Sovereign."
- From a former Pastor of 20 years: How Can an Atheist Be Moral? For Goodness Sake
"No, I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God."
- George H.W. Bush, when he was candidate for president
"Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land - for Jesus Christ - to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect life & godliness. It is dominion we're after not just a voice. It is dominion we're after not just influence. It is dominion we're after not just equal time. It is dominion we're after. World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to do."
- George Grant, "changing of the guard" pg 50-51
"Our goal, as Christians, is to dominate society"
- Pat Robertson
"Christianity & Democracy are inevitably enemies"
- R.J. Rushdoony "Independent Republic" pg 122, 1964
"The church should be a disciplined charging army. Christians, like slaves and solders ask no questions. We are fighting a holy war."
- Jerry Falwell
"Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."
- D. James Kennedy
"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith ... We need believing people."State Constitutions
- Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933, from a speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordat of 1933.
Some States' Constitutions in the US used to attempt a religious test as a qualification for holding public office. The provision has been unenforceable since the 1961 Supreme Court decision in Torcaso v. Watkins, which prohibited such bans:
The Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution (Article I, Section 4) last amended on September 13, 2003 states that an official may be "excluded from holding office" if she/he does not "acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being."
North Carolina's Constitution, Article 6 Sec. 8 states "Disqualifications of office. The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God...."
South Carolina's Constitution, Article 6 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."
Tennessee's Bill of Rights: Article 9, Section 2: "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."It's all the Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)Islam RealityThe Origins of IslamGeert Wilders's "Fitna: The Movie"Quotes from JudaismThe Truth about Judaeo-ChristianityThere can be no freedom of religion without the freedom FROM religion.
"When you consider that God could have commanded anything he wanted--anything!--the Ten [Commandments] have got to rank as one of the great missed moral opportunities of all time. How different history would have been had he clearly and unmistakably forbidden war, tyranny, taking over other people’s countries, slavery, exploitation of workers, cruelty to children, wife-beating, stoning, treating women--or anyone--as chattel or inferior beings."
- Katha PollittReligion and the Ph.D.: A Brief History