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Letter to the editor: Acceptance of atheism still lacking in U.S

If you have a problem with the media covering (Houston Texans running back) Arian Foster’s lack of faith then you must vastly underestimate the stigma that non-believers in America face.

Non-believers in America are greeted with distrust, snark and an “us against them” mentality.

According to a Pew Research Center study, only 33 percent of Americans rate atheists as favorable, decent people.

According to another study in the National Journal, Americans trust rapists more than they trust atheists. The most commonly given reason was: Rapists rape, but “atheists are viewed as sort of a moral wild card.”

Atheists have morals. If you don’t believe me, I would like to direct your attention to the Purple Out for Epilepsy Awareness, which raised more than $2,500 for the Epilepsy Foundation of Central PA this past spring. All of that was put on by an atheist: me.

Arian Foster’s reveal may annoy or bother you but it means the world to those who have faced discrimination, prejudice, persecution because they lack what 95 percent of America has: faith.

Maybe as a society we can use this to become more tolerant toward people of other beliefs. We are not any different, we just sleep in on Sunday. Being more accepting and bringing attention to issues isn’t a liberal agenda, it’s called making progress.

Ben Wheeler

Bellefonte

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