. Do you think that race has an influence on a person being an atheist? No racist remarks will be acceptable as answers.
Nope. Besides, there's only one race: Human. :) (Kania #1755)
I don't think race has that much to do with influencing a person in being an atheist. I would say that its more of one questioning the traditions and the culture they live in. why do we go to church? Why do we have to do this or that? Asking those questions and the answers that follow I would say are what leads one to be an atheist, not being of a specific race. (Ernest Domenigo #1613)
As long as racial issues divide us, there will be differences between racial groups. And where there are differences there certainly exists the possibility that a group could exhibit different statistical attitudes towards theism or atheism.
So I certainly think its *possible* that race has an influence. I certainly couldn't comment on if it in fact does.
I can say that in my case it didn't. Everyone I know of in my family believed. Everyone I came in contact with believed. If anyone didn't, they didn't voice their opinion. For some strange reason I've never believed. I don't really know why. I just know that for as long as I can remember, I've never believed in a god. It just never made sense to me. (Brillig)
No. It is the ability, often in the face of hostility, to reason and to question beyond the strictures placed by the false authority of religion. Freedom 'from'
religion and it's persecutions would be the key, as it depends on the encouragement given to children at the earliest age possible and the use of their imagination
and development of individual creativity being regarded as more important than being trained'. I personally do not think that "race" makes any difference, but the folk who claim the moral ascendancy in politics sure do. (Kerry #1773)
No, I really don't. There are atheists of every color of the rainbow. I think education has an influence on a person becoming an atheist. Now consider that minorities (at least in the US) tend to be more represented in the lower socio-economic part of society, then you might make a case for that. (Not having the money to obtain and education.) Then too, you have the cultural aspects of certain groups that tend toward theism.
But so far as skin color affecting a belief system, I think that's simply absurd.
(Liquid Grace #1752)
No, only education and self-honesty has such influence. (Angel Arna l#1443)
I think some societies push their religions more on their children than others. Some consider it a very important part of their culture and religion does play a significant part in their history. Mexico is a good example. They weren't christian until the Spanish invaded. That was a very important part of that countries history. It directly led to them becoming one country. Now the religious ceremonies have a unique mix of the pagan and the christian, but many consider themselves devout christians and think that it is a very important part of their culture and background to instill these beliefs on their children. I know that races and peoples that feel like their heritage is being diluted as people become ever and ever more mixed and integrated will hold onto the religious aspects of their heritage tightly as an anchor to that past. (ClayeSkye #4)
I think certain *cultures* might foster atheism more than others. I don't put any stock in any kind of division of human beings according to physical characteristics, which is what "race" is. I am descended from people from Norway, France, England, and Africa. To say that I am "white" is equally as goofy as saying I am "black" because some of my ancestors had dark skin. To illustrate further, my wife is the child of a Comanche Indian and a Latvian Jew. What are our kids? Human beings. (Medieval Knievel #1552)