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Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

Long after blacks and Jews have made great strides, and even as homosexuals gain respect, acceptance and new rights, there is still a group that lots of Americans just donít like much: atheists. Those who donít believe in God are widely considered to be immoral, wicked and angry.

They canít join the Boy Scouts. Atheist soldiers are rated potentially deficient when they do not score as sufficiently ďspiritualĒ in military psychological evaluations. Surveys find that most Americans refuse or are reluctant to marry or vote for nontheists; in other words, nonbelievers are one minority still commonly denied in practical terms the right to assume office despite the constitutional ban on religious tests.

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