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thejbs:
I've encountered this a lot so it's not very surprising.

Atheists believed to be less moral, says study.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40856942?utm_content=buffered12a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer


--- Quote ---Atheists "are broadly perceived as potentially morally depraved and dangerous" - even in secular countries.
According to a new study, some atheists even have an in-built "anti-atheist bias" when it comes to judging a person's morality.
But anti-atheist bias was strongest where there are high numbers of believers, like the United Arab Emirates, United States and India.
Only New Zealand and Finland did not exhibit a clear bias against atheists.

The study, put together by an international team and published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, took into account the responses of more than 3,000 people across 13 countries and five continents.

Those who took part were asked whether an imagined person, who tortured animals as a child before becoming a teacher and then killing five homeless people, was more likely to be religious or atheist.

Across the study group, it was found people were twice as likely to believe the killer was an atheist.

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

"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 belief that religion is a moral safeguard."
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Jake:
I'm atheist, and I'm immoral ;D I guess the bible-bashers have got me there!

Xabi Gerrard:

--- Quote from: thejbs on August 10, 2017, 02:17:23 pm ---I've encountered this a lot so it's not very surprising.

Atheists believed to be less moral, says study.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40856942?utm_content=buffered12a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer


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That experiment is massively flawed.

You get deranged atheists and you get deranged religious people. Religion tends to channel their deranged 'believers' into certain types of heinous crime, such as blowing up school girls outside pop concerts. The heinous act described in the experiment happens to be one that deranged religious people don't tend to do (because their psychopathic tendencies have been channeled elsewhere).

Had the experiment described a suicide bomber targeting 12 year olds and asked people whether we thought it was an atheist or religious person who did it, most people would assume it was a religious person, hence finding that religious people were less moral.


Long story short, shit experiment.

classycarra:

--- Quote from: Xabi Gerrard on August 10, 2017, 02:41:14 pm ---That experiment is massively flawed.

You get deranged atheists and you get deranged religious people. Religion tends to channel their deranged 'believers' into certain types of heinous crime, such as blowing up school girls outside pop concerts. The heinous act described in the experiment happens to be one that deranged religious people don't tend to do (because their psychopathic tendencies have been channeled elsewhere).

Had the experiment described a suicide bomber targeting 12 year olds and asked people whether we thought it was an atheist or religious person who did it, most people would assume it was a religious person, hence finding that religious people were less moral.


Long story short, shit experiment.

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Sorry, but I'll go with the evidenced experiment over your assertions (for now).

Where's your evidence for the bolded part?

DivisiveNewSigning:
That's the most stupid fucking experiment I've ever heard of.

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