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09-10-2012, 06:24 PM
A Changing America - Thank God
One-fifth of American adults have no religious affiliation, and this number is increasing rapidly.

I needed some good news. Maybe there is hope for the planet yet.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/10/0...filiation/

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09-10-2012, 06:29 PM
RE: A Changing America - Thank God
Thomas, it's not all great news...

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...in-America

Not bad by any stretch, but...

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09-10-2012, 06:33 PM
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See also...

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...#pid182315

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09-10-2012, 06:43 PM
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I had a 45 minute hallway debate with a student today. He's a fundie. You hear the same old debunked arguments over and over and over. When I read this article it made me smile a bit.

I shut him down him with same old stopper, "The burden of proof is on the claimant. The atheist needs only demand proof and you have none to support your beliefs. Therefore, your claim is invalid."

They just don't get it though. They believe that atheists have to prove non-existence.
They believe, they believe, they believe.....unsupported myths.

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09-10-2012, 07:24 PM
RE: A Changing America - Thank God
The article was already posted today by someone else (me) but I'm glad to see other people enthusiastic about it.

Seasbury did a good job in schooling me as to why this article is not entirely good news. Check the link to the original thread and read what he wrote. Very insightful: http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...in-America

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09-10-2012, 07:43 PM
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Ozzie - wasn't trying to bust on ya Wink I do think the trend is very positive! In fact, the more people disassociate with organized religion in favor of their individual views on god and/or spirituality I think is an encouraging trend. These "nones" are far less likely to hold dogmatic views based on some cult-leader's preachings from a pulpit.

Organized religion is dying a long slow death, largely based on the hubris of their charlatan leaders. More people are seeing them for who they are - snake oil salesmen and women. There is no doubt it is a positive trend! That said, our ranks aren't necessarily swelling. Still, over 2% puts us ahead of American Jews and Mormons combined. Imagine if atheists had that kind of political clout (or even that level of acceptance for our views!) what a wonderful this would be... Wink

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