X-Message-Number: 27779
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 10:06:03 EST
Subject: names & games

In a message dated 3/31/2006 5:00:23 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
 writes in part:

Atheists  identified as America's most distrusted minority, according to new
U of M  study 

This silliness oozes from carelessness with words and with the distinction  
between what is said and what is meant.
Who is really atheist or agnostic in America? In terms of behavior, I think  
a majority, who say they "believe in God" but have only the vaguest idea of 

what  that means and seldom go to church. Roman Catholic older people complain
bitterly that the young people aren't interested and only go to church for  

Christmas and Easter, and few priest candidates can be found, and parishes are
closing right and left.
Militant atheism of course is stupid, and there are very few of those. How  
many practical atheists actually suffer discrimination? As far as I can tell,  
very few. 
There is nothing here of practical consequence. 

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