Dooh… Of course we do… To become an atheist in a world that tries to indoctrinate people into believing in a religion requires more thought and study than simply going with the flow. I think therefore I question requires more of a search for answers than does I have faith therefore I believe. Further, for all their supposed Bible Studies, Christo-Fascists are more likely to fixate on a single paragraph or verse that justifies their bigotry than some one who reads the Bible as a mythological work of some artistic and literary merit.
From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/us/28religion.html?scp=2&sq=atheists&st=cse
You know The New York Times shows its basic lack of honesty and courage when it changes the article headline that it was posted under in The Dallas Morning News BTW the DMN is the one I used for this post the Times weaseled with the title below.
Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: September 28, 2010
Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.
Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.
On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.
Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.
“Even after all these other factors, including education, are taken into account, atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons still outperform all the other religious groups in our survey,” said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at Pew.
That finding might surprise some, but not Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, an advocacy group for nonbelievers that was founded by Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/us/28religion.html?scp=2&sq=atheists&st=cse