Sunday, May 20, 2007

Another fun atheism poll

Do vote, won't you?

Update — Monday 11:30 AM: After the poll results ended up looking like this...

...Christianity Today took the poll down. Guess they're gonna take their ball an' go home!


  1. Considering the target audience of that web site, it looks to have been either hijacked by atheists, or the christian readers have had a very extreme change of heart.

    Ockham's razor says...

  2. I agree about the data skewing, although, as an atheist, I would quite like to believe them. But other evidence just does not justify this sort of result. Even atheists at their most bombastic wishful-thinking extent do not come up with numbers like these.

  3. Well of course it's skewed. My guess is by a script, instead of a coordinated atheist effort.

  4. Sure, but that's the kind of prank you can expect when you're dumb enough to put up a poll saying in effect, "Are these people worse than us or not?" I mean, I'd expect the same thing to happen if some atheist website were dumb enough to put up a poll asking, "Are Christians shitheads or raving geniuses?"

    Some years back, the American Family Association put up an anti-gay poll that they said they would show to Congress, to prove how anti-gay the "mainstream" American public is, and that there shouldn't be any gay-friendly legislation. They expected that only their fellow fundies on the AFA's colossal mailing list would participate, and they'd get near-universal condemnation of gays to validate their hate. Naturally, the online gay community got wind of it and data-skewed it so pro-gay that the AFA took it down and ran off with their tails between their legs, all the while whining about how gays had "done a number" on their poll.

    The point then, and now, is that polls don't prove diddly-squat, and when small minded xenophobic ideologues need to resort to them in order to reassert their need to feel superior, they can and should expect to be taken down a peg for their foolishness.

  5. I have a great poll here

    It asked if Ray Comfort proved the existence of God and most said yes but the number I found interesting is the last one "It doesn't matter as long as the gospel was preached".

  6. I just find it funny/scary that there are people in this nation who think that if enough people agree with them (a voting majority) that they have a legal right to then shred the Constitution and violate minority rights.

    Yes, you can pass illegal, discriminatory laws; but they won't hold in court challenges (at least they _shouldn't_--but in trying to hijack the justice system, who knows what the future holds?). Yes, a majority of constituents can pressure an elected politician to support illegal legislation; but do these folks just _not get_ the idea of "equal under the law" and what that means for _every citizen_ of this nation?

    It reminds me of a couple arguing, and one runs off to ask his/her friends, "What do _you_ think? Was he/she out of line?" As if getting enough people to agree makes them "right." Only being able to feel "secure" about your ideas by having other people agree is a blatant exhibition of horrid insecurities. It's no wonder fundies go nuts when an atheist says, "Sorry, I don't agree." I imagine for some of them, not having that unanimous vote of confidence just rattles their foundation.

  7. Here is the poll link it seems to have not worked.

    Ray Comfort poll


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