A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Centre shows Americans would rather have a president who was either in their 70s, or openly gay, or who had never held any public office than one that was atheist.
Astonishingly, a previous poll by Pew suggested respondents in the US regarded atheists as less trustworthy than rapists. One of Atheist TV’s new phone-in programmes, The Atheist Experience, has already had a taste of how many Americans perceive “non-believers”.
"So you were studying to be a minister, and now you don’t believe in God? You’re the devil," one caller tells the host. "You’re a Marxist, you’re an atheist and you’re from Russia," says another.
- The stigma of being an atheist in the US, BBC News, 04/08/14.
I sense the day when the US ceases to seem a land full of weird practices and even weirder beliefs is still some day off…