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  •  I find much to agree with here (0+ / 0-)

    but if atheists represented a much broader slice of society, rather than being, as I suspect, mostly  college-educated, middle class whites, then your claims of superiority as regards imprisonment & divorce rates & the other matters you cite would be more convincing. One could perhaps cite similar numbers about Jews, Chinese & Koreans in America, without regard to their levels of religious belief & observance.  Few nations are as ethnically diverse as the United States, & European nations admitting large numbers of immigrants are suffering similar dysfunctions & demonstrating similar prejudices.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 09:34:10 PM PDT

    •  demographics of atheists (0+ / 0-)

      Do you have any sort of backup for your claim about the demographics of atheists? Sure, it can be even harder for african-, middle eastern- and hispanic-americans (as well as others) whose communities can be more religion and church based but considering all the successful groups like Black Atheists of America, Black Nonbelievers, etc. and from experience at the National Atheist Party where we encourage diversity, we've seen a good representation of all walks of life.

      We're also pointing out that

      Additionally, when white-only rates were taken into account, U.S. homicide rates were still above the “general secular democracy levels” says Zuckerman.
      We're not claiming superiority - simply a desire to return to a secular foundation for our country.

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