Article in Psychology Today: “Rejecting Islam”

Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College, has written a truly fascinating article within “Psychology Today” entitled “Rejecting Islam“. He identifies that Islam is rather special in a rather negative sense … Walking away from religion is seldom easy. It can be psychologically difficult to lose one’s faith in God, emotionally painful to … Read more Article in Psychology Today: “Rejecting Islam”

Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

Gregory Paul and Phil Zuckerman published an article in yesterdays Washington Post ….

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.

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