One recent study was conducted by the University of Minnesota, which found that atheists ranked lower than “Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in ‘sharing their vision of American society.’ Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.” The results from two of the most important questions were as follows:
This group does not at all agree with my vision of American society
Conservative Christians: 13.5%
Recent Immigrants: 12.5%
Conservative Christians: 6.9%
At first blush, the animosity towards atheists is difficult to understand. Atheists tend to be underrepresented in prison populations. They have have lower rates of divorce. My personal experience with atheists is they are extremely moral and less "in your face" about their beliefs than religious people.
Some possible explanations include:
I would be interested in any thoughts people have about why atheists are so hated.
(At least believers can agree on one thing)