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Atheists Unwelcome in Many Families

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- People who don't believe in God might not believe they're the least desirable future in-law. But they are, according to findings of a Pew Research Center poll.

Apparently, nearly one in two Americans say they would not be happy if an immediate family member was engaged to marry an atheist.

In particular, that view was held by an overwhelming majority of people who consider themselves "consistently conservative" as well as white, non-Hispanic evangelical Protestants, Republicans and Roman Catholics.

Only 41 percent of Democrats or Democrat-leaning adults would be unhappy about an atheist becoming part of the family.

Meanwhile, just nine percent of the respondents would not welcome a "born again" Christian into their brood.

Around that same number expressed a negative view about a family member marrying someone of another race or an immigrant born and raised in another country.


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