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Response to USA today article April 27, 2009


Here is my response to this USA today article

From my research (both quantitative and qualitative) and my personal experience I am certain that there is a fairly high percentage (10%? more?) of people who claim to believe in God and/or a church and are in actuality non-believers The vast majority of these are "religious by marriage", that is, their spouse is a believer and, rather than upset marriage and family, they choose to stay deeply closeted.

I agree, of course, that the religious "nones" are not all atheists, but at the same time assuming that those who are socially pressured into saying they believe really do is also suspect.

There are more non-believers in the US than the Trinity or Baylor studies indicate.

One reason many non-believers are in the closet is because of the stigmatization of atheism, and this is the topic of my current research. An online survey I conducted yielded 8200 responses, and over half those chose to include a story about their experiences as atheists

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President Obama's inauguration speech and references to God

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 4:30pm 4 Comments

President Obama's inauguration speech and references to God

(This is also posted on

I listened to President Obama's inauguration speech with interest today because I believe myself to be a responsible American citizen. How he frames his next term is important to me and all citizens of the United States and, indeed, to everyone around the world. But I also listened to his speech to see how often and in what ways he would…


Morality and Newtown.

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 10:44am 4 Comments

Here is the link to the page with the "mini-poll" on morality:

One of the very first questions in the survey deals with morality:  ”How do you view the morality of religious believers as compared to the morality of atheists?”  To date, there have been over 7600 respondents to the survey and over 3300 have added comments after selecting their…


Posted on December 23, 2012 at 7:13pm 0 Comments

Though it was down for about 36 hours (!), the blog I am using to follow up on the "Better understanding the world of atheists" survey is now back in action.  I have been a bit surprised -in a very positive way- how many people are visiting and interacting with the site.  Several of the "mimi polls" that I have added to the site have generated quite a few responses.  I encourage anyone -particularly those of you who took the time to critique the questions on the main survey (thank you!)- to…


We need a world with fewer guns, more reason and a balanced set of priorities.

Posted on December 15, 2012 at 3:27pm 2 Comments

We could use a world with more reason

Here in the US we are yet again reeling from another mass killing, this time in an elementary school.  As I click around on Facebook, Twitter and on various blogs I find a wide array of responses to the tragedy in Connecticut, some more resonant with my feelings than others.

Two responses of which I took…


Mea culpa: critical question ommited from the “Understanding the world of atheists” survey

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 7:36am 0 Comments

I should have had questions that would get at this on the main survey:  

How can the atheist movement (to the extent there is one) be more gender inclusive in terms of its public face and its organizational leadership?

Please go the and make your suggestions!

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At 7:33am on January 23, 2013, Randall Smith said…

I have signed several "petitions" that let President Obama know I oppose his "god references", whenever and wherever. It hasn't done much good. I'm headed to your poll to vote "great discomfort".

At 9:28pm on May 15, 2011, Younas Chowdhry said…

Dear friends,

You can follow me and my activities on twitter...!/YounasChowdhry

At 8:02pm on March 12, 2010, Heather said…
Thanks for the welcome :-) been here for a while, but I kind of just forgot about it and never visited.. poor AN...made a twitter page and a FB group for the greensboro atheists and I knew I had to stay more up to date with the community through sites other than reddit :P I try to stay active, but I'm just always so busy!
At 6:11pm on February 22, 2010, Brian Dalton said…
Hey Tom! Thanks for joining the Mr. Deity group and thanks for the kind words. You're right, Amy is completely out of my league. But I make up for it by being funny, fun, and a really good guy. I'd love to hear more about your work. It sounds fascinating! I'm going to check out some of your posts here. B
At 10:24am on January 20, 2010, Anwar Diamante said…
Hey tom,
Happy New Year!! How is the research going? I posted a blog that may interest you.
At 3:11pm on November 5, 2009, Edward Teach said…
At 5:46pm on October 29, 2009, Anwar Diamante said…
That's awesome, Im so envious in a positive Of those phd holders. I am trying endlessly to get into a doctoral program. Its just really hard to do so. I am also looking into various fields i.e. Phd in Education with a focus in Higher ed pedagogy. Im also hearing that contrary to popular belief that distance/online is not a bad thing...So, not only is the process difficult but a bit intimidating...
At 6:50pm on October 23, 2009, Anwar Diamante said…
Oh wow, your students are so fortunate to have a progress professor!!! I wish I were just now doing my undergrad so I could take your class...Sociology is such a facinating subject. I gave my class a reading on W.E.B Dubois' "The Damnation of Women" article. So, I love what you guys do!!!
At 9:26am on October 6, 2009, Ralph Dumain said…
Put out an announcement in the Black Freethought group. I have no particular connections in your designated area.
At 8:23pm on September 27, 2009, Anne Halligan said…
Tom I read the doc and loved it. I can see loads of potential in it and will email you some specifics soon.



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