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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #45)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 04:14 PM

47. If you go to the data, you will see that 24%, not 42%, clearly identify as atheist.

That is, that is the percentage that say "I don't believe in God". The rest are classified as agnostic and are all over the place. So the conclusion drawn by secularism.org is erroneous. Also the sample size is miniscule in comparison to the census data.

http://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/files/files/Polling/Cathedrals%20Final%20Data%20PDF.pdf

But that's neither here nor there. The numbers are rising. The reasons for this are multifactorial and indicate a positive trend for atheists, imo.

Since atheists tend to be democrats and more progressive/liberal than many religious groups, rise in the numbers is a good thing. So is rise in the number of religious people that identify as progressive.

Together, these groups can exert some significant push back.

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