TEN YEARS AFTER A LANDMARK STUDY, RESEARCHERS FIND MANY AMERICANS CONSIDER RELIGION CENTRAL TO MORALITY, CIVIC VIRTUE, AND NATIONAL IDENTITY.Ten years ago University of Minnesota sociologists conducted research showing that, among a long list of racial and religious minority groups, atheists were the most disliked group of people in the United States. Last month they followed up with new research that shows that Americans still have negative opinions of atheists and the non-religious–and now they have a good theory about why that is.Atheists Remain Most Disliked Religious Minority in the U.S.
Their findings are available online in the article “Atheists and Other Cultural Outsiders: Moral Boundaries and the Non-Religious in the United States” (Social Forces). The research team comprises Department of Sociology professors Penny Edgell, Douglas Hartmann and Joseph Gerteis, and graduate student Evan Stewart.
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