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Wed May 20, 2020, 02:43 PM

Study: Atheists are nicer to Christians than Christians are to Atheists

http://churchandstate.org.uk/2020/05/study-atheists-are-nicer-to-christians-than-christians-are-to-atheists/?fbclid=IwAR2-SooId4Tv2ZtizC_rRMVHgUxJ-6yRcUjk1aFCJkAKx6MDyLkqf4680-g




Study: Atheists are nicer to Christians than Christians are to Atheists
20 May 2020

A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology provides evidence that atheists behave more fairly towards Christians than Christians behave towards atheists.

The Independent reports:

Atheists are more generous toward Christians than Christians are toward them, a new study has claimed.

Researchers at Ohio University asked participants to share monetary rewards with partners in a version of the “dictator game”, in which one person had no power to affect the division of the bounty.

When atheists were told of their partner’s religious beliefs, they “behaved impartially toward ingroup and outgroup partners,” the study’s authors wrote in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

However, “Christians consistently demonstrated an ingroup bias”.


Lead author of the study, Colleen Cowgill, explained to PsyPost: “The rise of the so-called ‘New Atheists’ about a decade ago coupled with the ongoing ‘culture wars’ between religious and secular groups in the United States has led atheists as a population to gain an unprecedented level of visibility in this country in recent years, even as their prevalence has only incrementally increased. This has sparked a particular interest in anti-atheist prejudice research in social psychology.”

In 2017 a study in Canada found that a majority (76%) of people did not believe being religious made someone a better citizen. And more than half of those polled believed faith did more harm than good. In Britain, fewer than a quarter of people believe religion is a force for good.


Sam Harris offers a detailed explanation of why he feels morality based on the Christian God is lacking.



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Reply Study: Atheists are nicer to Christians than Christians are to Atheists (Original post)
NeoGreen May 20 OP
Ferrets are Cool May 20 #1
NeoGreen May 20 #2
Duppers May 22 #16
sop May 20 #3
Chainfire May 20 #5
Mopar151 May 20 #4
Jeebo May 20 #6
Major Nikon May 20 #8
Major Nikon May 20 #7
CaptYossarian May 20 #9
guillaumeb May 20 #10
CaptYossarian May 20 #11
guillaumeb May 21 #12
CaptYossarian May 21 #13
guillaumeb May 21 #14
CaptYossarian May 22 #17
guillaumeb Sunday #20
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Duppers May 22 #15
NeoGreen May 22 #18
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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 02:45 PM

1. That's almost like saying Democrats are nicer to Republicans than Republicans are to Democrats

But, my statement x 1000

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #1)

Wed May 20, 2020, 02:47 PM

2. And, water is wet.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #1)

Fri May 22, 2020, 03:32 AM

16. Zactly.

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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 02:50 PM

3. Atheists are nicer to everyone. Christians not so much.

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Response to sop (Reply #3)

Wed May 20, 2020, 03:07 PM

5. That is because

We can't have our failings cancelled out by getting down on our knees for 30 seconds. We have to be nicer, or we couldn't live with ourselves.

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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 03:03 PM

4. I'm starting to think of them as "The Incompetents"

Crooked preachers, pervy pastors, serial abusers, bent cops, all cover each other's asses, because they have to! Karma is an incredible force, and a lot of it is no mystery!
Basically, this godawful mess of crappy humans, are as incompetent at every other part of their miserable lives, as they are at what no good they are up to!

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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 04:11 PM

6. Something I often wonder about the Oklahoma softball team...

They're good, very good. They have won the national championship or been the national runner-up five times in the past eight years. They have won the Big 12 championship for (I think) eight straight years, and haven't even lost a single Big 12 game in more than two years. Those are dynasty numbers.

BUT, it seems like every time I see one of them or their coach interviewed on TV, she always says something like, "I always give all the glory to God." Or something similar. Many of the players put that black stuff under their eyes to cut down on glare in the shape of a cross. It seems like every player and assistant coach on that team has to be religious, and openly and publicly so. I'm sure they have group prayers in the locker room, and everybody has to participate. That's the University of Oklahoma, a public tax-supported institution.

SO, what I always wonder about that team is:

What would happen if an atheist were on that team?

Would she be ostracized and shunned by her coach and teammates?

Would the coach not attempt to recruit a highly desired blue chip player if she were an atheist or an agnostic?

Just wonderin'.

-- Ron

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Response to Jeebo (Reply #6)

Wed May 20, 2020, 05:10 PM

8. I don't think it's a question of if

There are atheists on that team. The question is are they being discriminated against, and it's not hard to guess at what the answer is.

It would be ridiculously easy for a coach on pretty much any team to discriminate against athletes and prospective athletes in all sorts of ways. It would also be phenomenally hard to prove any of it.

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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 05:06 PM

7. Christians have religious privilege in the US, atheists do not

I generally try to avoid arguing by analogy, but I think this one applies very well.

LGBT have had to publicly deny their very nature for centuries out of fear of being ostracized or killed, or something between. Only very recently from a historical perspective have they been able to even begin overcoming that discrimination and there are people in this country who are absolutely loosing their shit over the idea of giving people even a modicum of human rights.

With a few differences, this is almost the exact same situation with atheists. The kicker is the shitbags who are kicking and screaming at the idea of joining the rest of the civilized world on this are for the most part the exact same people.

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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 06:05 PM

9. To me, "Christian" is synonymous with hater.

I used to cut Billy Graham some slack because he was at JFK's swearing-in, until we heard the released Nixon tapes.

Now I know where little Frankie got it from.

Until they become truly Christ-like, they're using His name in vain.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #9)

Wed May 20, 2020, 10:18 PM

10. Martin Luther King Jr.

William Barber.

Liz Theoharis.

And countless others.

Some people are tolerant. Some are not. Most people are a mixture.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #10)

Wed May 20, 2020, 11:12 PM

11. The Christian Left is an entirely different breed.

Now you're talking Christ-like.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #11)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:20 AM

12. But my larger point is that we can find intolerance everywhere.

And we can find intolerance among people who have power. Saudi Arabia is a theocracy, and hugely intolerant of non-Muslims. China, on the other hand, persecutes Muslims, and generally tries to control/inhibit any exercise of religion. And that Government is controlled by atheists.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #12)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:21 PM

13. So it comes down to religious extremism.

Just as Bill Maher has said on numerous occasions.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #13)

Thu May 21, 2020, 09:30 PM

14. It comes down to an individual deciding to be intolerant.

It does not matter the claimed reason, the result is intolerance.

And one thing I cannot tolerate is intolerance.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #14)

Fri May 22, 2020, 11:42 AM

17. Babies have to be taught how to hate.

Everyone starts out as a blank canvas. Hating parents apply the color scheme.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #17)

Sun May 24, 2020, 03:52 PM

20. We all start as blank slates.

Except for reflexes, nearly everything we do is learned behavior.

Power often causes the user to abuse the power. But power is one result of hierarchy. Can humans eliminate hierarchical groups?

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #20)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:26 AM

21. Maybe during fair elections.

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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 03:28 AM

15. And that varies from region to region.

Depending on how homogeneous or liberal the area happen to be.

I recently posted in a thread about Trae Crowder, a Tennessee native:
Not long ago a couple of sweet h.s. friends found my email and so we began a multi email communication, until it happened: the standard assumption that I'm religious. Because, if I'm not, I must be a bad person who's going to hell. Shamefully I've kept these gals hanging for a month now because I don't know how to handle this while staying honest & authentic.
Telling my sweet, accepting, religious DU friends that I'm an atheist has never been a problem but these religious TN gals would feel as if I just told them "I'm from Mars and have come to kill your babies."

Different the dominations & levels of indoctrination have different results.


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Response to Duppers (Reply #15)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:09 PM

18. Sounds like you are directly experiencing what the report...

...describes. The atheist trying to be nice and accommodate christians who can't even conceive of a thought process outside their jesus-magic filled bubble.

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Response to NeoGreen (Reply #18)

Sat May 23, 2020, 03:31 AM

19. Exactly!

Popular topic too 😁:

Social identity threat predicts the concealment of nonreligious identity, study finds

https://www.democraticunderground.com/122869602



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