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Daily News Readers Have Highest Religious IQ, Says Study

September 18, 2005 | 24 Comments

September 18, 2005, New York, New York
Special to The Raving Atheist

A recent poll conducted by a team of Nobel Prize Laureates confirms that readers of the New York Daily News are the most discriminating and intelligent in the selection of their religious beliefs.

The survey of nearly 380,000 regular newspaper subscribers concluded that 98% of News readers possess the open-mindedness and curiosity necessary to pursue the true meaning of human existence. In particular, the study found that News readers were significantly more likely to employ the vast resources of the internet to carefully research and balance their views, frequently exploring links to websites that might promote a belief system at odds with their own.

Of special interest to the pollsters was the News readers’ immunity to flattery, a tactic employed by many false or godless religions to seduce adherents. The study found that News subscribers were far more likely to critically scrutinize websites that attempted to pander to their vanity, frequently scouring the entire archives to expose potentially unsavory motives. Such subscribers were found to be especially suspicious of seemingly “faith friendly” sites — often expressing their misgivings in thousands upon thousands of blog comments in such venues over a period of years.


24 Responses to “Daily News Readers Have Highest Religious IQ, Says Study”

  1. Dada Saves
    September 18th, 2005 @ 1:20 pm

    Daily News to RA: Drop Dead.

    Well done, RA. Nice to see the site get some exposure. Be curious to hear if there are more hits in the coming days, though whether attracting Daily News readers to the forum is a good thing remains to be seen …

  2. C. E. Alexander
    September 18th, 2005 @ 1:30 pm

    Chin up, kid. All publicity’s good publicity. And I’m sure some curious DN readers will stay around and keep reading even after the drive-by angry comments dry up.

  3. Kafkaesquí
    September 18th, 2005 @ 2:50 pm

    …even after the drive-by angry comments dry up.

    Let’s hope they never do. After all, that would be so bo-ring!

  4. The Uncredible Hallq
    September 18th, 2005 @ 7:25 pm


    I thought I’d break from blogging today because of the carnival (and carry-over fatigue from last night) but this is hilarious.

  5. qedpro
    September 19th, 2005 @ 12:21 am

    great! now everyone will want to be an atheist.. its that herd mentality…

  6. Annie B.
    September 19th, 2005 @ 7:47 am

    Naaah, not everyone, qedpro!


    Hey, TRA, lookie us, we’s in the papuhs! Whoda thunk it, eh? Was it Dawn scouring your archives looking for nuggets?

    So you’re from Noo Yawk too, eh? Maybe that’s why we get along. Except…you’re an attorney, eh? I guess I’ll still be your friend anyway….

    Hi to all my old nemeses in comment-land…

  7. amber
    September 19th, 2005 @ 8:49 am

    ra you refer to religious people as godidiots? I consider myself extremely educated and at the same time religious. Is that an oxymoron to you?
    Duh, belief in a higher power is based on FAITH!

  8. jahrta
    September 19th, 2005 @ 9:51 am

    “Duh, belief in a higher power is based on FAITH!”

    I have faith that anyone who wrote this has the observational skills and all the appreciation for empirical evidence as a four year old.

    actually that might be a harsh assessment of the reasoning prowess of a four year old. at least a four year old has the mental wherewithall to question the nature of their world.

  9. a different tim
    September 19th, 2005 @ 1:30 pm

    Shame that education didn’t take really, isn’t it?

  10. Real Vernichten
    September 19th, 2005 @ 1:33 pm

    amber, what is it that makes you consider yourself “extremely educated”? Is it because you graduated from High school, or becausde you have read the bible twice? Perhaps you have been promoted to assistant manager at burger king. Jahrta is right, you seem more than a little bit foolish, despite trying to seem intelligent.

  11. Vernichten
    September 19th, 2005 @ 1:38 pm

    Disclaimer: any comments with my name may be the work of an impostor. Please keep that in mind while I ponder how I can make an undiluted argument, free from impersonators. One clue is that I use better grammar,and I rarely make a typo, and it’s carelessness, not ignorance.

    Looks like you forgot the disclaimer, “Real Vernichten”

  12. borgia
    September 19th, 2005 @ 6:08 pm

    By extremely educated amber means educated by religious extremists

    hope this clarifies things

  13. Genuine Vernichten
    September 19th, 2005 @ 6:18 pm

    Now the fake vernichten is trying to post disclaimers pretending to be the real thing! What an asshole

  14. Annie B.
    September 19th, 2005 @ 6:40 pm

    amber, I got the point you were trying to make, and I daresay, although he’d disagree with the point, TRA “got it” as well. When WE godidiots make a sarcastic remark such as the one you made, we are pounced upon by some readers here as not as well-reasoned as a “four year old” or told that our education didn’t “take,” ad nauseam. However, when some of the atheists here make sarcastic remarks, such as saying that we are “not as well-reasoned as a ‘four year old’ or that our education didn’t ‘take,'” it’s just the most clever thing imaginable, isn’t that amazing?

    amber, if you read through what the “savaging” was all about, a year ago, that Dawn wrote about, just know that 1) some things don’t change, and 2) some folks here would much rather appear clever than have an honest, respectful, intelligent debate. They’ve already made up their minds about all. of. us, you see. To their eternal loss and detriment, as well as our own, I might add.

  15. Genuine Vernichten
    September 19th, 2005 @ 7:00 pm

    Annie B, don’t be so surprised if atheists think theists are retarded. You believe in unproven fairy tales and are willing to live your life in a demented manner based on the ramblings of some ancient hypocrits. If your education had taken, you would be able to see this for what it is. Instead, you are no different to those who believe a giant UFO is coming to take them away. Godidiot is right on the money.

  16. Anonymous
    September 19th, 2005 @ 7:14 pm

    Please don’t anyone bother to respond to any Vernichtens in the future. They’re all fake now.

  17. borgia
    September 19th, 2005 @ 7:46 pm

    How perceptive Annie B is! We have already made up our minds about her and her religious niaserie. Just like we’ve already made up our minds that F=ma.

  18. Steve G.
    September 19th, 2005 @ 9:29 pm

    Now the fake vernichten is trying to post disclaimers pretending to be the real thing! What an asshole

    I knew Vernichten. I was friends with Vernichten. You sir, are no Vernichten.

  19. jahrta
    September 20th, 2005 @ 9:23 am


    “some folks here would much rather appear clever than have an honest, respectful, intelligent debate”

    As a religious person, you are missing the key ingredients for a worthwhile debate: honesty, respect for other people’s beliefs (as evinced through your oh-so-original “you’re all going to burn in hell but i’ll pray for you” end statement), intellect and any semblance of evidence to substantiate your fervent claims that there’s an invisible onmipotent pressence in the ether that loves us so much he is simply champing at the bit to toss us into the abyss for all eternity for the slightest transgression.

    I’ll make a deal with you: it’s your religion that plagues this earth like a cancer, it’s your bible that fills people heads with ancient superstitious mind-killing garbage, and it’s your hell. you burn in it. leave the rest of us alone to live out own lives. don’t like it? that’s democracy for you. let us enjoy it while we still can before your evangelical asshole of a president strips us of the rest of our freedoms.

  20. Kate B.
    September 20th, 2005 @ 9:41 am

    “let us enjoy it while we still can before your evangelical asshole of a president strips us of the rest of our freedoms.”

    Um, dude, he did win the popular vote this time. So, I guess, that’s democracy for you? Don’t get me wrong–I didn’t vote for him. But enough people did. It just seems odd that you can, in one paragraph, use democracy as a defense of religious and philosophical diversity, and then bash it as having elected someone who is “her president,” but not yours.

  21. jahrta
    September 20th, 2005 @ 10:55 am

    kate, should i even bother bringing up all of the allegations of vote-tampering and ballot stuffing? did you hear about the machines that arrived at polling stations with hundreds of votes already entered for bush? do you think there weren’t any others floating around out there? did you know that the republican-run committee responsible for investigating such voting discrepancies inexplicably decided not to investigate this matter? does it not bother you that these machines are not equipped to produce a receipt of your voting history?

    and even if you ignore what i just said as kooky conspiracy-theorist ramblings, you can’t ignore this: just because he won the popular vote doesn’t make him any less of an evangelical faith-based assmunch excuse for a president.

  22. anonymous
    September 20th, 2005 @ 12:19 pm

    As a Christian who is remaining anonymous, because I don’t want to ask for more of the same directed at myself, I would invite everyone here to visit some of the major God-blogs and compare the tone to what you see here. There’s so much sarcasm here, so much invective, so much outright hate directed at those who disagree with the atheists. I just don’t see the believers in God treating others that way. It’s not very attractive.

    I won’t be back here to see your responses, they’re too predictable, so don’t feel like you have to bother with any.

  23. Kate B.
    September 20th, 2005 @ 1:24 pm

    I wasn’t saying he isn’t “an assmunch excuse for a president.” I was just saying that if you’re going to be all for democracy, then you should be all for democracy.

  24. a different tim
    September 20th, 2005 @ 1:57 pm

    Doesn’t matter.
    1) Being democratically elected, even for real, doesn’t give you the right to start stripping away freedoms. Hitler was democratically elected, and look how that turned out.
    2) You can acknowledge the result of an election while still opposing the winner as not representing your views. That means that they will be, in a very real sense, not your leader.
    3) I’m pretty sure that chimps can’t legitimately hold office anyway.

    What do I care, I don’t live there……..

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