Seattle Atheists' Bus Ad Exaggerating Number of Nonbelievers?
The Seattle Atheists began its campaign Monday by having ads posted on buses from the King County Metro Transit Division. There are four different versions of the ad, each with a different pictures in the background, but all of which say ‚Äú1 in 4 is an atheist‚ÄĚ and promote the campaign's website.
According to the American Religious Identification Survey 2008, a study led by Trinity College which the Seattle Atheists point to as the source of their ad's statistic, 25 percent of Washingtonians said they have no religion. But that doesn't necessarily mean they are atheists.
Nationwide, 59 percent of those who said they had no religion consider themselves either agnostics or deists. Only 0.7 percent of Americans adults identified themselves as atheists in the study....
You may be surprised to learn that a growing number of church pastors are (often secretly) not believers. There was an interesting report on the subject a few years ago. Here's the link to the document: