Great Article from AlterNet: There Are 10 Times As Many Atheists as Mormons: When Will Non-Believers Become a Political Force?



"Imagine the kind of world we could live in if atheists were a political force. It would be a world where secularism is the unquestioned law of the land, where religious groups wouldn't interfere in politics unless they could put forward arguments backed by evidence that anyone could examine, and not just appeals to faith. We'd rely on science and rationality to shape public policy; humanity would heed the voice of reason, rather than gut feelings or superstitious taboos. In this world, the religious arguments propping up tribalism, racism, and the oppression of women would wither away; the decrees of unelected and unaccountable authorities would fade into dust, and democracy and the liberty of the individual would be the guiding principles."


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Comment by Jillian Mann on June 13, 2011 at 8:13pm

Great article!


Comment by Kenneth Montville D.D. on June 13, 2011 at 9:53pm
Interesting article, but there aren't 10 times as many atheists as there are Mormons.
Comment by James W on June 14, 2011 at 12:44am
We could always hope there are! I'm an atheist that dabbled in Mormonism and returned to atheism (cause they were crazy). According to some other boards I'm a member on, LDS Inc hyper-inflates their numbers - we might be on par with them. There's a lot of "culture Mormons" who are closet atheists.
Comment by Andrea on June 14, 2011 at 12:49am
@Kenneth - that number (10X) was based on the conclusions by the authors of the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), which, not only counted proclaimed atheists, but those they deemed atheistic in their survey answers.
Comment by Chuck B. on June 14, 2011 at 2:08am

We could probably get some funds together if we forced people to tithe 10% or be ostracized. XD


Comment by Kenneth Montville D.D. on June 14, 2011 at 9:03am

Oh, I know where the number came from. They used the 2008 ARIS survey and used all of the None/No Religion group instead of the people who answered Atheist/Agnostic. Atheism/Agnosticism, which is actually a subset in that category which numbered at only 1.6% as opposed to the 15% for the total None group. Problem is, there are a huge number of so-called "None"s who are not atheists or agnostics. They might be pantheists, deists, pagans, or any other non-organized religion.


For the sake of politics you can't base your numbers on inflated numbers based on those who are non-self describing. Only open atheists can be a part of a political force which endorses atheism (whatever that would be). Therefore, we should only count the open atheists as atheists for the sake of this discussion.

Comment by Andrea on June 14, 2011 at 11:47am
@Kenneth, maybe instead of nitpicking the estimated number of people who could be atheists as proclaimed in the title of the article, we should use the piece in its entirety to become inspired to change the current political climate of our country. I'll happily band together with pantheists, deists, and pagans if it means we'll become a big enough force to bring some common sense into Washington.


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