Artificial Intelligence Shows Why Atheism Is Unpopular

Bad news, folks! The US may become even less secular. Right now the GOP controlled government is making us less secure, less free, and attacking education and pluralism.

...the team found that people tend to secularize when four factors are present: existential security (you have enough money and food), personal freedom (you’re free to choose whether to believe or not), pluralism (you have a welcoming attitude to diversity), and education (you’ve got some training in the sciences and humanities). If even one of these factors is absent, the whole secularization process slows down. This, they believe, is why the U.S. is secularizing at a slower rate than Western and Northern Europe.

The U.S. has found ways to limit the effects of education by keeping it local, and in private schools, anything can happen,” said Shults’s collaborator, Wesley Wildman, a professor of philosophy and ethics at Boston University. “Lately, there’s been encouragement from the highest levels of government to take a less than welcoming cultural attitude to pluralism. These are forms of resistance to secularization.” [emphasis mine]

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Add to all of the above the uncertainty represented by Trump himself, and the overall atmosphere is not especially conducive to freethought ... which is why we need to push all that much harder!

Indeed, with one particular strain of religion happy to use the tRump administration to install justices and judges (Neil Gorsuch and counting...) who'll codify their privilege into case law and judicial precedent, damaging our democracy for decades to come.

Our next chance to slow their progress (regress?) will come this November, when we must elect Democrats to every possible office.  They're not all good, but they're not part of the scheme to destroy us.

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