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Gervais, W. M., et al. (2017). "Global evidence of extreme intuitive moral prejudice against atheists." 1: 0151.
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Mounting evidence supports long-standing claims that religions can extend cooperative networks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 . However, religious prosociality may have a strongly parochial component 5 . Moreover, aspects of religion may promote or exacerbate conflict with those outside a given religious group, promoting regional violence 10 , intergroup conflict 11 and tacit prejudice against non-believers 12 ,13 . Anti-atheist prejudice—a growing concern in increasingly secular societies 14 —affects employment, elections, family life and broader social inclusion 12 ,13 . Preliminary work in the United States suggests that anti-atheist prejudice stems, in part, from deeply rooted intuitions about religion’s putatively necessary role in morality. However, the cross-cultural prevalence and magnitude—as well as intracultural demographic stability—of such intuitions, as manifested in intuitive associations of immorality with atheists, remain unclear. Here, we quantify moral distrust of atheists by applying well-tested measures in a large global sample (N = 3,256; 13 diverse countries). Consistent with cultural evolutionary theories of religion and morality, people in most—but not all— of these countries viewed extreme moral violations as representative of atheists. Notably, anti-atheist prejudice was even evident among atheist participants around the world. The results contrast with recent polls that do not find self-reported moral prejudice against atheists in highly secular countries 15 , and imply that the recent rise in secularism in Western countries has not overwritten intuitive anti-atheist prejudice. Entrenched moral suspicion of atheists suggests that religion’s powerful influence on moral judgements persists, even among non-believers in secular societies.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41562-017-0151

http://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0151.pdf
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See also this thread (similar content, different reference).
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Gervais, W. M., et al. (2017). "Global evidence of extreme intuitive moral prejudice against atheists." 1: 0151.


http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41562-017-0151

http://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0151.pdf
Seems like many atheists haven't done their "sums" proper. Too many atheists have not thought it through properly. Well, no surprise really, but atheist and sceptical organisations will have to launch major campaigns against the "can't be good without god" meme. This fallacy must die, and explanation of how morality comes from biological and cultural evolution, and not from some god-damned sky-fairy.
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Oh, I don't know, soixante-neuf between consenting adults is both moral and equitable!
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It seems to me that people who believe in God or other deities are hypocritical to the extreme if they believe or assert that atheists are more likely to commit immoral acts and other 'misdeeds' than any adherent to religion.
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Just had to unpack a bit from wall of text:

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Mounting evidence - religions can extend cooperative networks.

However, religious prosociality may have a strongly parochial component

Aspects of religion may promote or exacerbate conflict with outsiders - promoting
  • regional violence
  • intergroup conflict
  • tacit prejudice against non-believers
Anti-atheist prejudice
- effects employment, elections, family life and broader social inclusion
- stems, in part, from deeply rooted intuitions about religion’s role in morality.
- cross-cultural prevalence and magnitude of such intuitions remains unclear
- intracultural demographic stabilityof such intuitions remains unclear

We quantify moral distrust of atheists
- by applying well-tested measures in a large global sample (N = 3,256; 13 diverse countries).

people in most of these countries viewed extreme moral violations as representative of atheists.

anti-atheist prejudice was even evident among atheist participants around the world.

contrast with recent polls
- do not find self-reported moral prejudice against atheists in highly secular countries
- imply that the recent rise in secularism in Western countries has not overwritten intuitive anti-atheist prejudice.

Entrenched moral suspicion of atheists suggests that religion’s powerful influence on moral judgements persists, even among non-believers in secular societies.
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But wait, there's more:

Godless in essence? Psychological essentialism, theistic meta-beliefs, and anti-atheist prejudice

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...9188691730418X

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• A novel investigation into essentialist beliefs about (a)theism was conducted.
• PCA revealed 5 dimensions: Discreteness, Naturalness, and 3 facets of Immutability.
• Discreteness and Naturalness beliefs uniquely predicted anti-atheist prejudice.
• Among several correlates of prejudice, only these two reliably predicted prejudice.
• These effects were mediated by perceived threat to religious cultural authority.

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Atheists are widely distrusted, but research has only recently begun to explore why. As atheists and theists differ primarily regarding belief, we investigated U.S. theists' basic beliefs about (a)theism (i.e., theistic meta-beliefs) and how such beliefs are associated with anti-atheist prejudice. We operationalized theistic meta-beliefs with measures of psychological essentialism. In Study 1, items tapping essentialist beliefs about (a)theists loaded onto five distinct factors: Beliefs about the (i) categorical discreteness/uniformity of atheists, (ii) naturalness/universality of atheism, (iii) changeability of (a)theist belief, (iv) degree to which (a)theism becomes fixed during childhood, and (v) heritability of (a)theism. Beliefs about atheist naturalness and (especially) discreteness/uniformity predicted (negatively and positively, respectively) numerous measures of anti-atheist prejudice independent of several prejudice-relevant factors. Within the discreteness/uniformity factor, item-specific analyses revealed that beliefs about atheist category discreteness predicted anti-atheist prejudice more strongly than beliefs about atheist category uniformity, thus implicating perceived atheist-theist boundaries as central to anti-atheist prejudice. In Study 2, similar results emerged regardless of how non-theists were labeled (“atheist” or “non-believer”); moreover, belief that atheism poses a threat to religious cultural authority mediated the naturalness-prejudice and discreteness-prejudice associations. This research demonstrates the central role of essentialist beliefs in understanding theists' attitudes toward atheists.
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