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Atheists seen as immoral, even by fellow atheists — study

A man holds a placard reading “Atheist’s against corruption” on September 30, 2015, in Petroria, during a demonstration against corruption organized by various South African unions and political and civil societies. AFP

PARIS, France — A unusual social study has revealed that atheists are more easily suspected of vile deeds than Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists — strikingly, even by fellow atheists, researchers said Monday.

This suggests that in an increasingly secular world, many — including some atheists — still hold the view that people will do bad things unless they fear punishment from all-seeing gods.

The results of the study “show that across the world, religious belief is intuitively viewed as a necessary safeguard against the temptations of grossly immoral conduct,” an international team wrote in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.

And it revealed that “atheists are broadly perceived as potentially morally depraved and dangerous.”

The study measured the attitudes of more than 3,000 people in 13 countries on five continents.

They ranged from “very secular” countries such as China and the Netherlands, to countries with high numbers of believers such as the United Arab Emirates, United States, and India.

The countries had populations that were either predominantly Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim or non-religious.

Participants were given a description of a fictional evildoer who tortured animals as a child, then grows up to become a teacher who murders and mutilates five homeless people.

Half of the group were asked how likely it was that the perpetrator was a religious believer, and the other half how likely that he was an atheist.

Dangerous bias

The team found that people were about twice as likely to assume that the serial killer was an atheist.

“It is striking that even atheists appear to hold the same intuitive anti-atheist bias,” study co-author Will Gervais, a psychology professor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, told AFP.

“I suspect that this stems from the prevalence of deeply entrenched pro-religious norms. Even in places that are currently quite overtly secular, people still seem to intuitively hold on to the believe that religion is a moral safeguard.”

Only in Finland and New Zealand, two secular countries, did the experiment not yield conclusive evidence of anti-atheist prejudice, said the team.

Distrust of atheists was “very strong in the most highly religious states like the United States, United Arab Emirates and India,” said Gervais, and lower in more secular countries.

Such research was about more than stigma alone, he added.

“In many places, atheism can be dangerous, if not fatal.”

In a comment carried by the journal, Adam Cohen and Jordan Moon of the Arizona State University’s psychology department, said the study marked “an important advance in explaining the prevalence of anti-atheist attitudes.” CBB

  • Lou Gumm-77

    Atheists are soulless so they are without conscience. You don’t want to trust an atheist.

    Psalms 14:1,”The fool has said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works…”

    • Johnny B Goode

      Do you know any atheist?

      • Lou Gumm-77

        Yes and they are without any hope.

      • Johnny B Goode

        Did they tell you that?

      • Lou Gumm-77

        No future, no hope.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Tell that in Scandinavia, Holland, GB, Germany and Switzerland,

      and you will go away with your tail in-between your legs alike a Dog !

      • dermann123

        Why only pick- on the smaller countries? And why not China that has the biggest concentration of Atheists in the world.

    • LZ

      “You don’t want to trust an atheist.” – God is reflected in the goodness of people. God isn’t even condescending. They may not be followers of any organized religion, but I have atheist-friends who continue to treat me with kindness and understanding and whom I trust. They are better than some “Christians” I know. It’s the people who depict themselves as “holier-than-thou” or have moral superiority complex who shouldn’t be trusted at all.

      • Lou Gumm-77

        It’s true that some so called “Christians” are not practicing the teaching of Christ. Some people are “Christians” in name only. Only those who have received Christ in their heart and have fully embraced the teachings of Christ can practice true Christian virtue.

        Jesus Christ is the true example of love and giving of self. He suffered horrifically at the Cross to pay for the sin of mankind. We are to follow His example of dying to self to reach out to others. The holy bible says that only what is done for Christ will last. Without Christ in our life, all the good things we do are of no value.

        Read and study the gospel of John to understand His message. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the truth.

      • LZ

        What makes you think that God doesn’t care for people who are not Christians? What makes you think that only bible readers “can practice true Christian virtue”? Hindi naman makitid ang pang-unawa at pagmamahal ng Diyos sa tao.

      • Lou Gumm-77

        God loves everyone and He said so. It is not His will that anyone shall perish; but He will not violate our free will. We either submit to Him or be the captain of our soul. Study John 3:16, 18. Also John3:36. Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 6:9; Revelation 21:8; Ephesians 2:8,9. Study those passages and you will know the mind of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Atheist Countries look at Religious Countries
    like a bunch of backward uneducated Cretins.

    The RP CBCP, DAESH and Zionist’s are
    perfect mad fundamentalist example of it !

    • dermann123

      ” Atheist seen as immoral even by fellow atheist”…study the article says. Based on your comments you espouse or support atheists acts despite that they are IMMORAL.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Scandinavia, Holland, Germany, Switzerland
        and China are much more morals than the RP cesspool
        and the warmongers US mass murders, racist and fascist.
        Central and South America aren’t my cup of tea too.
        Italy, Spain and France are also on the Atheist way.
        I can only speak about Countries I am familiar and
        used to go or live in since decades.
        The RP and US have also amoral and disgusting food
        should be avoided…
        In fact all Asian Countries I have been are good,
        the Philippines excepted !

        Usually Catholic Countries are the western most corrupt
        and immoral alike RP !

    • bugoybanggers

      Huwag kang makialam sa buhay naming. You monkey! Understand, Philippines is ours and only us can do what we want for our country! Who cares about your sick BELIEF! Go and keep distance from us! You are not welcome to discuss with us about what we believe! FUNDAMENTALIST? You are one of them!

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Janitors need to wash their mouth and hands
        time to time before to be teeth less and stinky !

        Not only NAIA and Pasig River are the World worst,
        but the President, followers, Education, Religion
        and the sinking Country in a whole !

        What do Filipinos knows
        aside Praying Rally, littering, stealing and killing ?

        If you lack of hygienic paper, use your Bible,
        but beware, the ink is cancerous !

      • bugoybanggers

        you paking pig. Wag kang makialam sa bansa ko.

      • bugoybanggers

        don’t dictate what we want. you SHOOOO! SHHOOOOO! FLY FLY DIRTY STINKY FLY!! SHOOOOO!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Filipinos are mistaken their own “Dark-Ages”
    with Modern and Developed Times.

    Filipinos got Electricity, Hospital’s, Cars, Planes, Telephones, TV, etc…

    from Immoral Atheists !
    Cave-Ages is the Third World locations
    stinking Septic Tank and Cesspool alike the Philippines “Gates of H E L L”

    • bugoybanggers

      ano ang pakialam mo sa buhay naming. Ano ngayon kung ganito kami! Amin ang PILIPINAS kaya SHUT UP YOUR SMELLY STINKY MOUTH! Ang bansa naming ay binuo ng aming mga ninuno kaya TUMAHIMIK KA! UNGGOY kang pakialamero!

    • dermann123

      No one, I mean nobody could OUTCLASSED the 1.3 Billion Immoral atheists of Communist Red China who are famous all over the world for bribery, thievery, copiers and stealers of trade secrets,military, intellectual property rights and just about everything they could get through cheating, lying and contrived schemes.
      On top of that these immoral atheists loved eating cockroaches, dogs, cats and baby fetuses, which is disgusting and despicable anyway you look at it.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Which Country has more Gullible Cretins

    than the fundamentalists Philippines ?

    • bugoybanggers

      hoy monkey, magsalita ka ng tagalog..puro ka atake sa aming mga PILIPINO. Hindi naming kailangan ang baloktot mong paniniwala. Napaka sira ulo mo! English English ka pa baboy? Ano ka hilo! Pinupuntirya mo ang bansa ko at sadyang nananahimik kami. Sumali ka sa forum ng mga MUSLIM at doon ka magdaldal!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Filipinos are happy
    to be among of the World worst Country
    thanks of the most backward believes and disastrous Education !

    Inquisition is still at every Streets corner,
    and newspaper pages !

    More Primitive and disgusting than that can’t be !

    • bugoybanggers

      Don’t come or talk about my country! You better go to SAUDI! Pick them in your mouth! You’re a sick person! You want to imposed your belief, be a suicide bomber and attack any religious community so you will satisfy your taste. You’re a sick PATHETHIC IGNORANT PERSON! Go to Mars and established ATHEISM among MARTIAN or else ISLAMIST will come there ahead of you!

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Yes my cretin Pork !

        No need to go Mars, Switzerland,
        Holland, Italy and France are in my surrounding.
        Luckily there isn’t RP and US disgusting Junk-food
        good for Septic Tank fat worms!

      • bugoybanggers

        who cares about it, we know what we are, we are PINOY, not you stinky monkey. Get out of our forum. My country is mine so better pakyurselfmuron!