AOL asks "Did Obama's non-believer remark bother you?"

Our 44th President
In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama celebrated America as a "nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers." Some Christians are taking issue with the approach to inclusiveness, saying the president misrepresented America's culture and heritage.

By mentioning, for the first time in an inaugural address, the 16.1 percent of Americans who check "no"’ when asked about religion, Obama turned it into the most controversial line in his speech -- praised by The New York Times editorial board and cited by some Christians as evidence that he is a heretic, and in his well-spoken way, a serious threat.
The survey asks two questions:
Did Obama's nonbeliever remark bother you?
Do you believe in a higher power?
As of my typing this over 500,000 votes have been submitted with No's leading the first question at 73% and No's trailing the second question at 11%.

I found the link to it via the American Atheists site.

Be sure to throw your vote in!

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Comment by Frink on January 26, 2009 at 10:32am
I wish it were easier to tell whether the question is pejorative or not. There are two ways you can look at it: 1) it's an honest inquiry, and they really want to see what people think; or 2) they're asking it to suggest being bothered. It really can be taken either way.

I am happy with the poll's results, though. 73 percent said it didn't bother them. What were Bush's approval ratings? Somwhere around the 27% mark? Yeah, I think it's safe to say the same clowns are responsible for the "Yes"
Comment by Johnny on January 26, 2009 at 12:26pm
HA! That's an interesting way to look at it (those who liked Bush didn't like Obama's comment); kinda makes sense though.

You're also right about this spin; with any question from the media you always have to wonder if an honest inquiry, or if they are implying you should think a certain way. At least they stated the question simple enough; some survey questions can get so confusing you don't even know what you're really being asked.
Comment by Frink on January 26, 2009 at 12:44pm
Well, I voted. The non-believer category is up to 12% now, making the poll even closer to others I've seen.
Comment by AshleyNP on January 27, 2009 at 3:24pm
I'm glad that Obama included us, but I don't like being referred to as a nonbeliever. I am an Atheist, not a nonbeliever, I know what I believe in.
Comment by Johnny on January 27, 2009 at 7:21pm
I understand Ashley; but I don't mind being referred to as a non-believer most times because I know most people realize it is "non-belief in god."

Now I hate when people call atheism a religion... But to make a comparisons in relation to his speech:
- Atheist, agnostics, humanists, and possibly others can be lumped in as 'non-believers.'
- Babtists, catholics, lutherans, mormons, adventists, etc can all be lumped in as 'christians.'


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