My god doesn't condone slavary!!
The main response given by christians when we tell them what their holy book actually says. The specifics of this particular topic are for another day. Today I'll go over a simpler topic.
What number of Americans belief in what, if anything. Below is a super high tech pie chart that shows a general distribution of religious, or non-religious, American citizens.
Like I mentioned previously, this chart is a general breakdown of where Americans stand. Of course there are subsections of all but the atheist slice of the pie. Under the Christian category: Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, Baptist, and all other denominations. Other religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Jewdism, Islam. The subsections listed under "Unaffiliated" would be Agnostic, secular believers, Not sure. The one category that I separated is from the unaffiliated from the original survey, is Atheism.
The study has been published HERE for all of you to check out.
What 1.6% really means?
The screenshot above was taken at 1:04 am EST on January 19, 2014 from HERE. Lets take that number and break it down with the study from pewforum.org.
- Christian: 250,738,311 people
- Unaffiliated: 44,714,637 people
- Other Religions: 14,917,343 people
- Atheist: 5,078,244 people
To be completely honest I was shocked by the low number of Americans that identify as atheist. I am a legitimate minority; however, it will not compare to the mistreatment of people with differences that they can not hide, like skin color.
Although slavary in American has gone, the idea of racial equality is still a damaging, drawn out fight to the end. Organizations like the KKK and the Aryan brotherhood will fight for many years to come, to keep segregation and the promotion of only white, christian people in power.
Regardless of color, however, any person that has come out against the church or denounced their faith, has been killed, raped, tortured, imprisioned, and even stripped of any official honors and/or reputation. All simply because they didn't accept the belief of a god(s). Which, to this day, have yet to be proven.
Although the blood lust for the godless has moslty subsided in the Western World, anyone that comes out to friends, family, and collegues as an atheist still faces extreme consequences when compared to even today's social standards. Families torn apart because of an illogical, unrational belief in an immoral god has been snuffed out by logic, reason, knowledge, skepticism, and empathy.
Even with a stagaringly low number of the population identifing as atheist, the number IS growing and will continue to grow as the path to truth is found by more intellectually honest and newly skeptical believers. Together we can build the community of secular huminism where a god is shoved out and proper scientific work and human rights issues resolved.
Although we wish religions to no longer exist, we do not fight to make religions illegal. We do not push to prevent people from worshipping their personal god(s). We do not want to kill people for believing in unsubstantiated claims. We want you to maintain your religious freedom. But bear in mind, the Freedom of Religion is not an invitation to use your dogma as a stance for making judgments on behalf of your fellow Americans. You need to make the decision that is divorced from your religious preference and jointed with the movement to improve human life by secular and proven means.