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June 12th, 2012
04:49 PM ET

Pew survey: Doubt of God growing quickly among millennials

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – The percentage of Americans 30 and younger who harbor some doubts about God’s existence appears to be growing quickly, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. While most young Americans, 68%, told Pew they never doubt God’s existence, that’s a 15-point drop in just five years.

In 2007, 83% of American millennials said they never doubted God’s existence.

More young people are expressing doubts about God now than at any time since Pew started asking the question a decade ago. Thirty-one percent disagreed with the statement “I never doubt the existence of God,” double the number who disagreed with it in 2007.

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When asked about doubts of God, no other generation showed a change of more than 2% in the past five years.

The survey found that the percentage of millennials who identify with a religion is remaining constant, while most other generations have seen religious identification increase in the past 10 years.

The findings about millennials and religion were part of a 168-page report that Pew released June 4 but were largely overlooked.

“Notably, people younger than 30 are substantially less likely than older people to say prayer is an important part of their lives,” the report said.

“Research on generational patterns shows that this is not merely a lifecycle effect,” it continued. “The Millennial generation is far less religious than were other preceding generations when they were the same age years ago.”

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The findings are part of Pew’s 2012 American Values Survey, which touches on issues including political partisanship, gay marriage and abortion.

Despite the findings on millennials, the survey shows that the United States continues to be a highly religious nation, with most Americans identifying with a particular faith.

Seventy-six percent of all respondents said prayer is an important part of their lives and agreed that “we all will be called before god at the Judgment Day to answer for our sins.” About 80% said they have never doubted the existence of God.

The report points to a growing divide between the youngest and oldest Americans on belief, religion and social issues.

According to Jesse Galef, communications director for the Secular Student Alliance, the growth in “doubting” youths has led to a surge in secular student groups.

“For a lot of millennial atheists, they are expecting to find a group, they are coming to campus, and if they don’t find one, they are starting one,” Galef said. “This is completely different than what other generations grew up with.”

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The Secular Student Alliance has affiliates on 357 American campuses, Galef said, up from 81 such affiliates in 2007.

Galef says the Internet has created a place for young people to discuss religious doubts.

“It enables anybody to have open discussions without fearing if their parents would find out or what their communities would say,” he said. "The more safe places we create for young people to discuss their doubts, the more they can inspire questions in others."

- Dan Merica

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  1. Bootyfunk

    mmmm the death throws of religion.... delicious.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • lol @ religion and god

      This trend will continue too! I'm so excited to see ignorance (religion, the belief in "god") slowly dissipate, and eventually disappear.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • Lewis Keseberg

      Speaking of delicious, if Catholicism dies, does that mean its not ok to be a cannibal? Because I would be distraught if that happened.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Edwardo

      I will go to my grave wondering what my experience on planet earth would have been like, without the horrors religion inflicted on the planet. How nice it would have been like... to marry my partner, to not have seen 9/11, to not turn on the TV without seeing some televangelist lying to get more money... to fill their bottomless money pit. etc. etc. etc.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:49 am |
  2. smalltowner

    I get blinded by science sometimes listening to a famous scientist who said the universe was created from nothing....therefore it didn't need a God to create it......Blew my mind.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      are you sure it wasn't Thomas Dolby that blinded you with science?

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IlHgbOWj4o&w=640&h=360]

      June 13, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • Sad but true

      Say that on your judgement day

      June 13, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      What's "noting?" I know that physics says that in the coldest, deadest, darkest void of space there is a "foam" of particles popping in and out of existence, and that those particles have the potential to form into higher, more complex particles, but I don't think that there's such a thing as "nothing." Do you?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • Mike

      Creationism says that something came from nothing. See Genesis. POOF and God created something.

      You must live in Kansas

      June 13, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • lol @ religion and god

      No one knows how it all started, yet, or if it always just existed. But I don't need to believe in Santa Clause or "god" for it to make sense to me. The "supernatural" is a convenient way to explain things, you can't yet explain, it doesn't mean superman is real or the answer. DERP.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:20 am |
  3. Sad but true

    LOL @ Atheism

    It's a religious cult. All Atheists are misguided and I feel bad for them

    June 13, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Mike

      @Sad but true
      I feel sorry for you for being brainwashed into accepting Bronze Age beliefs.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • Juggling Squirrel-Jesus

      I love worshiping in the church of atheism, almost as much as I love watching the sport of not football. That is, why I'm not dying my hair bald.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • lol @ religion and god

      Enjoy being brainwashed. Show me proof, and I will believe it. Unfortunately there is no proof and there never will be 😦 You believe in nothing. But hey whatever helps you get through the day.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:21 am |
  4. anonymous

    i think this has less to do with respect for God, and more to do with the fact that religion is an increasing player in hypocrisy and intolerance. Imagine the shame Jesus would feel if he knew that his teachings were being used to spread hate against Gays, Muslims, and any other non-white Christian Republican in America.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Varlund

      Considering Jesus was a racist cult leader and a hater, I couldn't care less what the hell he would do or say if he were alive – I'd be hoping to see him tossed in prison or a mental ward somewhere.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:27 am |
  5. Frozentundra

    Most of the time when someone starts a sentence with 'I belive...' it's usually not worth listening.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Sad but true

      It's not worth listening to people who cannot spell "BELIEVE"

      Go fk yourself

      June 13, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      How proud your god must be.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • Frozentundra

      One more christian Taliban.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  6. Jesus loves us all!

    Christianity grew from 0 to 2.2 billion in 2,000 years (World's largest religion)
    The Bible is the most famous and best selling book.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      History is full of the majority of people having false beliefs

      June 13, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Edwardo

      Even if the believers grew to 5 billion, it does not add one ounce of validity to its truthfullness. The earth is not flat, and bats are not birds.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • howart Dao

      a billion that died because it :-p

      June 13, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      the best selling book that no one reads. people buy one to put in their house either on a shelf to show off what good christians they are or they put it in a nightstand drawer never to be seen again. either way, they aren't reading it. atheists are shown in study after study to have more biblical knowledge than christians. and christians 'supposedly' lead their life by the book. lol.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • Juggling Squirrel-Jesus

      The Harry Potter books sell a whole lot of copies. Yet you still find it in the fiction section. Odd.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • lol @ religion and god

      and it's slowly dying, as people grow out of that primitive stage in human evolution.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • badlobbyist

      Islam is currently growing faster than Christianity. Are you saying that once Islam passes Christianity in size that we should all start believing that because it's bigger?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  7. OMG!

    ATHEISM WILL DIE SLOWLY AND AMERICA WILL ALWAYS BE RELIGIOUS.... THIS RET.ARDED ARTICLE WRITTEN BY AN ATHEIST IS ALL BS!

    June 13, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      Are you going to hold your breath now until you get your way?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • Mike

      Stop living in the Bronze Ages...
      Religion has been and continues to be used as a tool of oppression. It is sad that you and other brainwashed religious people fail to see this. I pity you

      June 13, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • Bob

      There is a HUGE difference between being religious and being Christian. And there is a HUGE difference between calling oneself a Christian and actually conducting one's life in a Christian way. We have way too many phoney religious zealots in the world.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • lol @ religion and god

      Explain then why there are more atheists than ever before, and why the number of people who don't believe in religion or any "god" is growing? Enjoy being brainwashed.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • Susan

      I'd have thought you'd want atheism to die quickly, but you want atheism to suffer painfully. My, you are cruel to ideologies. Sick puppy! 😉

      June 13, 2012 at 12:32 am |
  8. John

    I was growing up as an Atheist and thank God I converted to Christianity 4 years ago. I have nothing to lose on believe in God, and it's free!

    I'm not the one who will go to hell

    June 13, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • Mike

      So John it looks like you caved into Pascal's Wager

      June 13, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • paul321

      Thank god I'm an Atheist

      June 13, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      The threat of eternal punishment betrays a weak argument.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • Edwardo

      Why Xtianity? If you got the wrong religion, you'll burn with the rest of us. Since there are 30 other major religions, your odds haven't increased much.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • Juggling Squirrel-Jesus

      Well, you do have something to lose if God is actually a Jehovah's Witness god and you're not a JW. Or if god is really allah. Or if god is zeus.

      Or you could google pascal's wager and see how idiotic your line of reasoning is.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • lol @ religion and god

      prove it's real, oh that's right, you can't.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Susan

      It's not free, honey. You have to put aside your better judgment, support useless clergy, judge people according to ancient norms, and base your future on something completely unproven, not to mention extremely unlikely. Atheists don't. As they say, "No free lunch."

      June 13, 2012 at 12:25 am |
  9. cestalavie3

    I'm sure God is worried.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  10. vulpecula

    I find it amusing that so many religious people would cry about atheists on other CNN religion related pages, and yet look how many of them have come to comment on a page specifically about the growing atheist numbers. Hypocrite much?

    faith is the suspension of critical thinking.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  11. Matt

    Good Luck atheists believe in nothing....

    My prayer goes to you. God loves us all

    June 13, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      Matt, don't be an idiot. Atheists believe in all sorts o things. Just not a "god" who can't be verified by any evidence whatsoever. And besides, what kind of moron god wants his will and nature to be known, but can't make himself as obvious as math or chemistry? You do realize that muslim terrorists and christian tongue-talkers MUST use the same chemistry and math but can think whatever they want to about their respective gods? How stupid god must be.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • Mike

      Matt.
      Which God are you referring to?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • Edwardo

      You believe in something that doesn't exist. We believe in something that does exist...reality.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      I believe

      Humans do not require a god to be moral.
      Religion divides more than it unites.
      It is untrue that atheists “believe in nothing”.
      It does not take more faith to be an atheist.
      Atheists do not deny god because they wish to be god.
      Religion and science are incompatible.
      Complexity does not equal design.
      The scientific method trumps primitive anonymous texts.
      The scriptures are ridiculous, offensive and demonstrably false.
      One does not require an afterlife to have a meaningful life.
      Threats of eternal punishment betray a weak argument.
      Schools should be filled with facts, not fanatics.
      Your personal experience does not prove god.
      An inability to disprove god does not prove god.
      Not knowing what caused the big bang does not prove god.
      Even if you prove evolution is completely wrong, it will not prove god.
      And if you believe in any gods the burden of proof is on you.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • Juggling Squirrel-Jesus

      @Mike,

      That would probably be the same god that murdered a bunch of babies as an extortion tactic.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  12. IN GOD WE TRUST

    Few 100% true Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    † Atheism is a religion that makes you angry, stupid, brainwashed, ignorant & blind.
    † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
    † Atheism makes you post stupid things (90% of silly comments here on CNN blogs are posted by closet Atheists)
    † Atheist are satanic and have gothic lifestyle.
    † Atheists are misguided and causes problem in our religious & public society.
    † Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith.
    † Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
    † Atheism making you agree with Stalin, Hitler (Denied his faith later), Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders.
    † No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    † Atheists are angry, drug additcted and committ the most crime.
    † Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet.
    † Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people.
    † Atheists have had terrible life experience, bad childhood and not being loved.
    † Most Atheists are uneducated... No Atheists could run for presidency.
    † Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history.
    † Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists.
    † All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals.
    † The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20)
    † Countries where Atheism is prevalent has the highest Suicide rate & Communist countries = Atheism!
    **Only 2-3% of the U.S. are Atheists/Agnostics VS. over 90% who believe in God (80% Christians) in the U.S.**

    † † Our Prayers goes to Atheists to be mentally healthy and seek their creator † †

    PS! the USA is a † nation and will always be. You know it's true and stop being ignorant and arrogant!
    (Take a look at our federal/state holidays, 99% of our presidents, blue laws in parts of the nation, the majority of people, some laws, calendar, culture, etc.)
    http://rightremedy.org/tracts/7

    ...............................................

    June 13, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • guest

      Best troll yet. 10/10

      June 13, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • CommonSense

      Im a Christian and I agree with guest. I lol'ed.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • Thade76

      LOL

      June 13, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • Major Tom

      I've had far greater success praying to a jug of milk than to god. Try this experiment yourself. And no, this doesn't mean you should then start worshiping a jug of milk after you see the results. But being the simpleton that you are, you probably will.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • vulpecula

      @IN GOD WE TRUST

      bold statements with nothing to back them up except your say so. Much like religion. You don't know the first thing about what it is to be an atheist. In fact I don't think you even know the definition of the word.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • TheBob

      Wasn't the † the instrument of torture and murder of your lord? Do you think Jesus would be crazy about that symbol? When he comes back, as you believe he will, and sees you clutching a † and having all kinds of † hung and plastered all over your house, how do you think he'll feel? You may want to take a minute to think about that before you answer, even though thinking is not exactly your cup of tea.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • Christian dude

      Wow–I'm a Christian, and the levels of foolishness and stupidity you spout in this message would make Christ weep. Stop spouting nonsense: focus on yourself, and leave the world to God's care.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • lol @ religion and god

      god isn't real bro. Religion is man made. Both are nothing more than a crutch that primitive human beings used to deal with their impending death. Replace "atheism" in those comments with any religion.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • Bob

      I worry much more about people that would post something like this than I ever would about an atheist.
      This guy is nuts.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • monique

      that way of thinking is everything that is wrong with our country. atheists are not a detriment to society. please do some research, take a step back from your cult, and look around you. the only thing we have a "belief" in is science... you know, that pesky little thorn in the side of religion.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • Mike

      @In God We Trust

      I take it that you are incapable of thinking for yourself. Did your religious leader brainwash you with this utter nonsense?
      It is amazing how gullible religious people are. They blindly accept any and all cop-out excuses about God such as God works in mysterious ways, or it is part of Gods divine plan.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • badlobbyist

      ...."Atheists are angry, drug additcted and committ the most crime."
      Actually Christians represent a slightly higher proportion of people in jail than they do in the general population.
      Meaning they have a higher propensity to commit crimes than other groups. Realistically it is so small of a difference that it does not matter, but why is it that if Christians are so much better than everyone else, there are any of them in jail at all?
      Or were they all busted for original sin?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  13. Adam

    Gotta love Christopher Hitchens

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrT8-hPEzNo&w=640&h=360]

    June 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • Timetraveler

      Hitchens was far more of a gentleman than the lot of his opponents ever were. And this is independent of the particular side of the god argument he happened to stand on.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • Wrytr

      Very interesting clip Adam, thanks for posting. I have a guess as to why Hitchens wouldn't do it, and Dawkins would be aghast. Perhaps Dawkins thinks religious delusion is a mental disease that should be cured 100% if possible, and Hitchens thinks of the theism that "ruins everything" as a fascinating social vestige, that should be reduced to a low threshold so it can do no harm, but he would no more be eradicate it entirely than a botanist would remove from the planet every trace of what might largely considered a weed. The last specimens simply become too valuable to eliminate.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:18 am |
  14. Mom of Three

    About time. We need to evolve past this time-wasting, money-wasting stuff already. We have too much stuff to work on here on earth to be hedging bets that there will be an eternity of ice cream dreams and gold streets after death.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Here, here. Clean water and contraceptives for all humans on the planet. We'll go from there.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
  15. Jeff

    Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” And how do we believe without seeing? That is the work of the Holy Spirit.

    Settled in my book... A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is a GREAT thing... I highly recommend it...

    June 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Adam

      I believe without seeing, but I believe in the Quran as the final revelation. That is the truth of Allah. You have missed something. Search for what is true, not for what is taught to you.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Varlund

      Go die in a fire. Your faith is empty, your god never existed, and your "Jesus" is dead and will never be coming back.
      If you wrote a book, don't spam us with your blathering attempts to sell your book. We don't like spam here.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • Rick James

      Jeff, why do you enjoy being gullible? Would you accept a untested magic potion to help cure you sicknesses just because the guy selling is just SO sure it works. Seek the truth and the world suddenly becomes wider.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • Wrytr

      You highly recommend your book? Well, that's mighty Christian of you.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • lol @ religion and god

      I highly recommend you see a psychologist and get un-brainwashed. You have a relationship with yourself, god/jesus/religion aren't real.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  16. Thecount2

    The funny thing with the religious types is that they consider themselves the underdog, and that they have to fight the good fight to get to the top. Reality is that the religious types are the majority and they're merely fighting to keep themselves relevant. No different from countless other cultures that pursued similar agendas and are now extinct. Let people think for themselves. Dont shove things down each others throats.

    Parents, expose your children to knowledge, kindness and respect. They will know how to make the right decision. The world will be a much better place.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  17. Colin

    I am a step closer to my dream headlines:

    LAST CHURCH IN THE USA CLOSES ITS DOORS.

    Reuters AAP – The last place of worship the USA officially closed its doors yesterday. The Church of Christ Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama held its last service at 10:00 on Sunday morning and was promptly shuttered by its pastor. “While I will be sorry to see a tradition pas.s, I guess it was time to move on,” declared Pastor Kevin Smith, “It saddens me a little, but I can no longer preach things I no longer believe in myself. Also, given that my congregation is elderly and poor, donations are down to a spasmodic trickle.”

    The closure marks the culmination of a dramatic surge in secularism in the USA following the Catholic Church scandals of the early 21st Century. After phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Network revealed that the Pope and virtually all Archbishops were acutely aware of the depth of the pedophilia problem since the 1950s, sweeping new policies were implemented under President Gibbs’ administration (2040-2048).

    Under his “No Mind Left Behind” policy, children were taught science, history, psychology and critical thinking from their first year of school. It was not until they were in their early teens and had a grounding in healthy skepticism and independent thought, that any supernatural belief, such as astrology or religion was allowed to be presented to them. Such beliefs were, of course, almost universally rejected by them.

    As interest in the supernatural has dwindled, the vacated churches, synagogues and mosques in the USA were sold off and the proceeds invested in a fund which, under the XXV Amendment to the US Const.itution, could only be used to further scientific education and environmental awareness and protection. Already the fund has been responsible for returning vast swaths of land to their natural state, in the USA and elsewhere and has largely been credited for ensuring the survival of the tiger, cheetah and mountain gorilla.

    Bibles and The Book of Mormon, which once graced virtually every hotel room in the USA, were replaced with Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion.”

    As people have increasingly realized there is no sky-being looking out for us, donations to the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, the Red Heart (f/k/a “Red Cross”) and Doctors Without Borders are at an all time high. “Looking back, it’s weird to think of some of the nonsense people believed as late as the early 21st Century,” commented Pastor Smith, as he locked the doors and walked nonchalantly from his church. “I guess you can’t judge them too harshly, though. When you’re taught it from such an early age and then told it’s immoral to even question it, I guess you are easy prey.”

    June 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • Rick James

      I love this story. Great work Colin.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • badlobbyist

      Fantastic.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • Mennoknight

      You know you sound a lot like Stalin, Mao, the two greatest butchers who ever lived.
      Voltaire said the same thing 250 years ago.

      More people are becoming Christians today than any other time in history.
      The Bible is the best selling book ever in history. Every year it sells more copies than any other book.
      Good luck with your delusion.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • OMG!

      STALIN GO DIE!!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • cestlavie3

      The irony here is that you actually believe your own propaganda.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • lol @ religion and god

      @Mennoknight who really, is deluded? It is you for believing in santa clause. It isn't real, you have no proof it is, and that should be enough for you, but unfortunately you're too ignorant, primitive, and stupid, to think outside of your little brianwashed community. Enjoy going through life with your head in the sand. Ignorance is bliss. Why deal with reality when you can just play with your imaginary friends!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  18. Adam

    Like it or not, you will not end religion. It is inherent in the human. Maybe not you specifically, but as a society, it IS inherent.

    Religion was considered good as dead in Europe and now look at it. Islam has taken the place of christendom. Just swapped it for another.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • vulpecula

      @Adam
      it has little if anything to do with switching from christian to muslim and alot to do with immigration.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • guest

      Thats because Muslims immigrated there from the Middle East. Without them, Europe would be much more atheist than it is.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • steve

      Yeah, and the results have been terrific. Angry European Muslims make American failed "homegrown terrorists" look like posers by rioting in the streets in the hundreds/thousands.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Adam

      There are more christians in China than in America.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  19. jezabel

    jezabel

    fact: there is no god
    fact: science will never be able to find how man was created.
    from a true agnostic
    June 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Moby Schtick

    "created?" Man evolved. It's fact. We're still evolving. Don't be silly.

    ______________________________________________________________

    call it whatever ya want
    created
    evolved
    no matter what we do we as a species will never ever prove how we or it all began
    fact

    June 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      There will always be mystery, yes.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • guest

      Look up abiogenesis. We haven't proven where life came from yet, but never say never with science. People thought we would never fly, break the sound barrier or land on the moon, but in the last hundred years we have done all three.

      June 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • Varlund

      We have DNA proof that modern humans are a direct mutation of our pithecine ancestors.
      You speak of "man" yet refuse to acknowledge the knowledge we have? What an idiot.
      As for "origins" of the most ancient forms of primitive life on this planet, we have no reason to even consider a religious pov.
      Chemicals link together. Compounds link together. Chemistry leads to life. There is no reason to be stupid about this.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • manbearpig

      You have difficult time with the meaning of the word "fact".

      June 13, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  20. CommonSense

    If you claim religious or atheist people are "close minded" or "ignorant" as many of these posts have, than you yourself are those things. It is not being religious or atheist that makes you a bad person, but judging other people based on their beliefs is a good indicator that you are. There are few rational and logical Christians or atheists on this board.

    I would hope that anyone, Christian, atheist, Muslim, or otherwise would believe in being kind. I know that this is the internet, but people make me sad with all this hatred. This is why this country is suffering, not because of one belief or another, but because no one believes in kindness or the golden rule anymore.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • Common Sense

      Quit stealing my name!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • manbearpig

      CommonSense –
      It is not "close minded" to decide that something is irrational, illogical, and extremely unlikely and dismiss it. If that were the definition of being close minded, then everyone who didn't believe that any ridiculous thing (e.g. our insides are made of marshmallows) was possible would be close minded. And I think a lot of the anger is due to people not only holding illogical, irrational or downright evil beliefs, but also because those same people try to force them on everyone else through legislation. If millions of people believed that your insides were marshmallows, and ruled that you could be made into s'mores since you believed differently, you would be pi.ssed too.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Varlund

      Your empty whining about "hatred" will not win you any points with me.
      Religions teach hate and rely upon xenophobia and schizophrenia to function.
      You cannot reason with religious people. They are psychologically unable to face reality.
      Why should I let crazy people violate the law? Just to make you happy? Go fkk yourself.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:17 am |
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