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Religious Believers Don’t Trust Atheists, Says New Study

In other news, the sea is wet, dogs bark, and bears poop in the woods.

Love this bit:

While atheists may see their disbelief as a private matter on a metaphysical issue, believers may consider atheists’ absence of belief as a public threat

This following part strikes me as probably a little bit bullshit. If the data is correct, I’ll bet they’re misinterpreting it.

Atheists also tend to trust religious people more than they trust other atheists.

“Those people who did not identify with a religion still tended to find believers to be more trustworthy,” said the third co-author, Azim Shariff of the University of Oregon.

That’s because people trust “those who fear supernatural punishment,” Shariff added …

Althought this part I can readily believe:

… and because atheists aren’t especially vocal, powerful or connected.

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