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02 July 2007 @ 01:12 pm
Fox "News"  

Mmmm... fair & unbiased.

Turns out I'm the victim of a "fad".
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Jacob: atheistyak_boy on July 2nd, 2007 11:00 am (UTC)
From a brief scan of online resources, discarding those that are obviously skewed (like one whose commentary on their stats included the revelation that the US is not "amoral like Mikel Jackson or Prince or Madonna or Larry Flint"), I can find you stats for those that don't believe in god in America as being anywhere between 4% - 17%, depending on which study you believe and how broadly you define "not believing in god".

The study that seems to be the most credible is the American Religious Identification Survey which puts the figure at 14.1%, which breaks down as: 0.4% atheist, 0.5% agnostic, <0.1% humanist, <0.1% secular and 13.2% "no religion".

I think you could easily classify this entire group as not believing in god, and if you wanted to skew the facts, you'd surely be trumpeting the 0.4% atheist stat.

These stats are from the latest study from 2001. Interestingly enough, the previous study seems to conform to their 90% figure with that many identifying with a particular religion. However, the previous study is from 1990, meaning that belief in god is pretty clearly in decline.

Or, to put it another way, the percentage of people who don't believe in god grew by almost 50% in just 11 years, a pretty staggering statistic. If those trends have continued, the number of people in the US today who don't believe in god could well be approaching 20% - but that's pure speculation. Still, speculation is better than the outright fabrication you get on Fox News.