Yesterday, the Pew Research Center released data concerning the relative popularity of various religious groups. There’s still a lot to learn from the data, so today they released an article answering the question: “How many people of different faiths do you know?”
By Hemant Mehta—Friendly Atheist
This question is incredibly important for atheists, because we know the stigma against us evaporates as people get to know us better. And it turns out that, despite being only 2% of the population, 59% of Americans know someone who doesn’t believe in a god.
That puts us right in line with Jewish people when it comes to familiarity. It’s also a testament to the fact that atheists don’t congregate in certain parts of the country. If you live in Utah, you undoubtedly know a Mormon; that may not be the case if you live in, say, Alabama. Similarly, Muslims and Hindus tends to live predominantly in/around certain large cities, and beyond those, you may not meet very many at all.