Atheists Are Better Educated in General
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THE LAST WORD with LAWRENCE O'DONNELL >> When it comes to questions of God and faith and religion who should you turn to if you need guidance? The answer might surprise you. The Pew Form on religion and public life found that most Americans are deeply ignorant about religion. More than 3400 people were asked 32 questions about the bible, Christianity and other world religions along with the principles in the constitution governing religion. And it turns out the Americans who know the most are: Atheists or Agnostics ! Jewish people came in second, followed by Mormons, white Evangelical protestants and white Catholics there followed by white mainline protestants, black protestants and Hispanic Catholics. Dave Silverman, president of the American Atheists, told the New York Times: "Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge. I gave a bible to my daughter, that's how you make Atheists." Joining me now is "The Last Word" religion analyst, atheist Pandulate, whose show in Vegas is performed after "Real", and you can watch his video blog "Pinpoint". >> Ben, what do you make of Atheists knowing more about religion than the people who're supposed to be studying on a daily basis? Well, it's a little bit of a cheat, because you look at other studies, people that are more educated are more up to be Atheists. So, you don't really need that connection. They just know more. So, you've got that problem that makes the study a little bit of a cheat. It's not that Atheists know more about religion, it's that they're better educated in general. All right, let me try to take you through the quiz: >> I'm an exception, I'm not educated. >> Here we go, you're stuck: Which of the following is NOT one of the 10 Commandments? A. Do not commit adultery. B. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. C. Do not steal. D. Keep the Sabbath holy. Did you hear them all? >> Yes, I did, but it's B. Do unto others... That's not a commandment. >> You know what, you're good. Let's see. Got another one for you: Is Ramadan the Hindu Festival of Lights, a Jewish day of atonement or the Islamic holy month. >> Oh, it's the Islamic holy month. >> C, here we go. Third: Which bible figure's most associated with remaining obedient to God despite suffering? A. Job, B. Elijah, C. Moses, D. Abraham. >> Job. >> These are easy. How could anybody get them wrong? Alright. Next: According to rulings by the Supreme Court: Is a public teacher permitted to read from the bible as an example of literature? A. Yes / B. No >> If it's literature, yes. >> You got it right, I actually got that one wrong. What was the name of the person whose writings and actions inspired the protestant reformation? Marthin Luther, Thomas Aquinas, John Wesley? >> Marthin Luther. >> You're right again. Amazing. >> Pendulette, that's why you are the Last Word 's religion analyst. >> Thanks, Ben, for your time tonight. >> OH, thank you.
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