Not a bad article, actually. With all the usual stuff you’ve come to expect in the comments. (more…)
I do have a quibble with Hemant, though–he misrepresents the study he mentions, when he says that “one [poll] showed that people think an atheist is more likely to steal than a rapist.” The study used a fairly standard procedure which takes advantage of the “representativeness heuristic”, in order to tease apart the factors behind the prejudice. The search for the causes of anti-atheist prejudice did *not* rank-order all sorts of unseemly types and find that people think worse of us than of rapists. PZ does a good job of dissecting the study here; there’s a better analysis out there somewhere, but I have forgotten where for now.
Anyway, Hemant misrepresents it (he is most certainly not alone in this; that interpretation was the lede for a great many articles), and in a manner which makes our image much worse than it actually is.
Anyway, go and represent us well in the comments!