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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-23-08 05:03 PM
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14. Yes, most Americans say they believe
but do very little in their lives that would suggest they are any different from most atheists/agnostics.

Church and prayer aside, in my experience the average Christian (I only say Christian because I grew up Christian and that's the majority religion here in the US) is no more likely to be a "good" person than the average atheist. They are no less likely to cheat, lie or steal, or to show empathy and forgiveness or be generous, etc.

Keep in mind, I'm NOT saying they are less likely (although when it comes to repressed zealots they are often the worst hypocrites), just no more likely than your basic non-theist.

That's why people should be judged based on their actions rather than their professed beliefs. As much as I despise zealots I respect the fact that they really do believe and that they act on those beliefs (yes, the actions are often outrageous and damaging, but that's another story).
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