Hello, my name is Anthony Marsh. I’m an atheist. Does that change your opinion of me? If you’re anything like most Americans, it does. A recent study conducted at the University of Minnesota suggests that atheists are the last American minority that it is still socially acceptable to discriminate against.
Penny Edgell, the study’s lead researcher, commented, ‘Atheists, who account for about three percent of the U.S. population, offer a glaring exception to the rule of increasing social tolerance over the last 30 years.’ The study reported that many of the respondents associated atheism with criminal behavior, a selfish worldview and a sense of cultural superiority. According to the study’s press release, ‘Edgell also argues that today’s atheists play the role that Catholics, Jews and communists have played in the past