It looks like Americans would rather you believe in a god or gods they don’t believe in than have you believe in no god at all. Atheists identified as Americaâ€™s most distrusted minority, according to new U of M study : News Releases: UMNnews: U of M..
From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, university researchers found that Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in â€œsharing their vision of American society.â€ Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.
Since we don’t do such a good job with religious and racial diversity now, I can’t imagine what would happen if the 3% of America that is atheist grows or becomes more publicly visible.
This also seems strange to me since so many Americans do not go to church or actively participate in a religion. I can’t imagine that an athesist lives a life that’s very different than a non practicing Christian. I doubt they even that they have widely different values.