Atheism grows to a Massive 2.4% of American Population!

31 01 2015
On a recent episode of the CBS show “The Good Wife,” Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, is considering a run for state’s attorney. She has plenty of skeletons in her closet, not least of which is serving as the lawyer for an organized-crime boss. But her political consultant tells her that there is really only one thing that will end her political career before it starts: her professed atheism. So when she sits down with a local religious leader for an interview and he asks about her faith, she tells him that she is “struggling.”
That word could probably be used to describe a lot of atheists these days. The decline of religious affiliation (particularly among young people) would seem to offer a recruiting opportunity for nonbelievers. And best-selling works by the so-called New Atheists (Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, among others) suggest a broad receptivity to the secular outlook. But according to the latest Pew Survey, only about 2.4% of Americans identify themselves as atheists. And according to a survey conducted by Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith —a sociologist at the University of Richmond and an independent researcher, respectively—more than half of American atheists believe that they are “still discriminated against.”



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