Three reasons why it pays off to be an atheist, and one why it doesn't

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  1. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Not even the ones who do it for parole considerations or to obtain other benefits accorded to the religious prisoners? Be interesting to find a study that showed a before, during and after of prison belief systems.
     
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  3. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    If I were in prison, I'd feel much safer in not broadcasting my lack of belief but I absolutely could not pretend to be a theist. I can't do it.
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  5. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Not even if Big Joe the Plumber asked you very nicely?
     
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  7. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Depends on how they measured it.

    The percentage is so low that even strong measurement bias of some kind leaves the general point intact - atheists tend to avoid jail.

    Barring actual clergy, the highest percentages of admitted theists in the US are found in jail, in the military, and in the legislature.

    The lowest are found in the science faculties of top-ranked universities.

    The immediate pattern is the prevalence of coercion of consent.
     
  8. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Like I said, atheists tend to avoid politics even more. So, I'd like something other than their profession of faith while incarcerated as an indicator.

    Over here, I would wonder at coercion in reverse. Don't think that scientists are not intimidated into concealing their beliefs. Look at Dawkins. How many people who work under him would discuss their beliefs you think? According to some, it negatively affects upward mobility in academia.
     
  9. Roman Banned Banned

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    I don't get why this is all such a big deal.

    Is there any reason to believe in something that you made up? It seems like unnecessary headache.
     

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