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    • Acknowledgements July 26, 2017
      This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. Primary Researchers Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Jessica Hamar Martínez, Senior Research […]
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    • Appendix A: Glossary July 26, 2017
      Note: All terms defined as they relate to Muslims and Islam. Allah – Arabic word for God. Eid – The most holy days in Islam. For example, Eid al-Fitr is the festival that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. (Also see Ramadan.) Five Pillars of Islam – The basic tenets of Islam. […]
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    • 7. How the U.S. general public views Muslims and Islam July 26, 2017
      In general, Americans continue to express mixed views of both Muslims and Islam. But on some measures, opinions about Muslims and Islam have become more positive in recent years. More Americans express “warmer” feelings toward Muslims on a thermometer scale than they have in the past, while there has been a decline in the share […]
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    • 6. Religious beliefs and practices July 26, 2017
      While Americans overall have become somewhat less religious in recent years, measures of various beliefs and practices have been relatively stable among those who identify with a religion (e.g., Protestants, Catholics). The current survey shows a similar pattern among U.S. Muslims. About four-in-ten Muslims say they attend religious services at least weekly, […]
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    • 5. Terrorism and concerns about extremism July 26, 2017
      Since 2011, U.S. Muslims have become more concerned about extremism in the name of Islam around the world. At the same time, most believe there is little support for extremism within their own community, even as the general public disagrees. Indeed, Muslims are conflicted about the arrests of Muslims in the U.S. who are suspected […]
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    • 4. Political and social views July 26, 2017
      The political profile of Muslim Americans is much the same today as it was when Pew Research Center first comprehensively surveyed this population a decade ago: Muslims constitute a strongly Democratic constituency. Three-quarters of Muslim voters say they cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and two-thirds of U.S. Muslims ove […]
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    • 3. The Muslim American experience in the Trump era July 26, 2017
      U.S. Muslims clearly express concerns and worries about the future of the country and their place in American society in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president. Most Muslims are dissatisfied with the direction the country is going, which is a reversal of opinion from 2011. Majorities of U.S. Muslims view the Republican Party […]
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    • 2. Identity, assimilation and community July 26, 2017
      Muslim Americans overwhelmingly embrace both the “Muslim” and “American” parts of their identity. For instance, the vast majority of U.S. Muslims say they are proud to be American (92%), while nearly all say they are proud to be Muslim (97%). Indeed, about nine-in-ten (89%) say they are proud to be both Muslim and American. Muslim […]
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    • 1. Demographic portrait of Muslim Americans July 26, 2017
      Muslim Americans are a diverse and growing population, currently estimated at 3.35 million people of all ages, including 2.05 million adults (see here for an explanation of this estimate). The U.S. Muslim community is made up heavily of immigrants and the children of immigrants from around the world. On average, Muslim Americans are considerably younger […] […]
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    • U.S. Muslims Concerned About Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream July 26, 2017
      Despite the concerns and perceived challenges they face, 89% of Muslims say they are both proud to be American and proud to be Muslim.
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Richard Dawkins: The Big Question

The methods of evolution by Darwinian natural selection can in fact tell us why we are here and not merely how. Dawkins explores the details.

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Richard Dawkins on The Late Edition with Marcus Brigstocke

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My favorite part is the segment with the Richard Dawkins doll. Very brave of Professor Dawkins to go on that type of show lol.

GodTube Video of the Week: Evolution Cartoon

Can someone out there please explain this video? The only part I could understand is that this person that created this cartoon is saying that evolution would mean fish turns into frog turns into human. Are they really that simple minded? And the rest of it, the part about the frog dying, what the hell was the point of that? If anyone out there can explain it please do so!

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Intelligent Design: Not So Intelligent…

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Senator John Kerry: “Atheists Don’t Believe in Anything”

Yet again the notion that Atheists don’t believe in anything has been aired in a public forum, this time by a very well educated Democrat Senator John Kerry.

Yesterday at a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life luncheon he told the crowd :

The vast majority of Americans say they believe in God,” Kerry said, responding to a question about the likelihood of an atheist or agnostic winning the presidency. “The vast majority of America, at some time, goes to church, and I think it matters to people. When you are choosing the president of the United States, people vote on the things that matter to them.

“So I think it is probably unlikely that you are going to find somebody who stands up and says, ‘Well, I don’t believe in anything,’ and you’ll get a whole bunch people who get excited about voting for that person,” Kerry said. “It’s just a fact.”

What is NOT a fact, Senator, is that Atheists don’t believe in nothing. We may not believe in a supernatural being who guides our lives and created the universe especially for humans. We do, however believe in Science. We believe that the universe evolved by natural processes.

Every-time a well known public figure repeats the false assertion that we Atheists believe in nothing it enables the religious right to leap on the bandwagon and to keep perpetrating this outrageous myth.

I have yet to met a single person that believes in nothing. That person does not exist. And in any case, its not a matter of belief, its a matter of knowledge and evidence. We believe in things that show clear evidence and not stuff that only comes from a book.

Senator Kerry, I suggest you read the God Delusion or any of Richard Dawkins other books on science and evolution and then try and say Atheists do not believe in anything. I can guarantee you won’t. The difference between you and I is that you apparently(even though you are a very intelligent and highly educated man) believe that there is a god, on no evidence or proof whatsoever.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/02/politics/politico/thecrypt/main3444831.shtml

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Why I am an Atheist….

I am an atheist because there is no evidence of a supernatural being who is called God. There is evidence of Evolution, which many organised religious people do not “believe”.

I am an atheist because there is no evidence of a place called Heaven nor a place called hell. When I die, that will be the end not the end of the beginning.

I am an atheist because I see religious peoples not acting as they claim they are acting. I see violence perpetrated in the name of religion, whilst claiming they are not being violent. I see priests abusing children when they claim they are”protecting” them. I see people of the Islam religion rioting over a cartoon whilst holding signs claiming Islam is a religion of peace.

I am an atheist because I think there should be a clear separation of Church and State, whilst seeing that this is being eroded in many countries every day.

I am an atheist becasuse the “holy” books make no sense to me. I don’t take them as the literal truth because there is no historical evidence that many (if not all) of the events never took place.

I am an atheist because I believe indoctrination of children is child abuse. There is no way children can comprehend what they are being told by their authority figures. Many are scared into “belief” by stories of hell, Satan and roasting for eternity for doing ” bad”things.

I am an atheist because I think .

I am an atheist because I question.

I am an atheist because I have an open mind and am open to change my mind if evidence becomes available. Unlike religious peoples whom most will never change their minds and actively seek to ignore, confuse, deny scientific evidence that contradicts and destroys their claims.