In a previous posting, I noted:
It is also interesting to step back and take in the various moral perspectives of different expressions of atheism. Whether it’s Singer’s advocacy for bestiality or infanticide, Dawkins’ advovcating for “mild pedophilia,” the determinists insistence that serial murderers and rapists are helpless victims, or Benator’s belief that it is immoral to have children, it is not uncommon to find atheism in dark places.
Let me try to clarify what I am saying. I know that not all atheists are for “bestiality”, “infanticide”, “mild pedophilia”, nor do all atheists claim that murderers and raptists are “helpless victims” or that it is immoral to have children. What I would argue is that among the people who do argue for “bestiality”, “infanticide”, “mild pedophilia”, or claim that murderers and raptists are “helpless victims”, or that it is immoral to have children, there is a disproportionate number of atheists.
The Pew Religious Landscape survey reported that as of 2014, 22.8% of the U.S. population is religiously unaffiliated, atheists made up 3.1% and agnostics made up 4% of the U.S. population. The 2014 General Social Survey reported that 21% of Americans had no religion with 3% being atheist and 5% being agnostic.
So if roughly 8% of the population is atheist/agnostic, I am arguing that more than 8% of the people who argue for infanticide, pedophilia, antinatalism, etc. are atheists. In fact, much more than 8%. Consider anti-natalism. The reason I think there is a connection is because the anti-natalists so strongly echo common atheist positions. As I mentioned before, “This “better to not have ever existed” position is the nihilistic culmination of atheism. It’s also where the Argument from Evil leads. A reality so evil that it supposedly negates the existence of God is a reality so evil it would be better if it had not existed.” This reasoning, along with past experience, leads me to suspect over 50% of anti-natalists are atheists.
We’ve already seen that the lead advocate for anti-natalism, David Benatar, just happens to be an atheist. But there is stronger evidence for the connection.
It turns out there is a subreddit for the anti-natalists that has over 40,000 members. And just a few months ago, a member posted the following to the group:
I am personally an atheist, but I’m wondering about other antinatalists’ views on god. Do most of you believe in a god/gods? If you do, do you worship that god, or do you despise that god, since that god is the creator of all causes of human suffering, and because he knowingly placed sentient beings into that world of suffering, and made them aware enough to realize their suffering?
Now, let’s consider the top five comments by up votes:
1.Lol you should do a poll. I’m an atheist and anti-theist and I’d imagine a good chunk of people here would be atheist too
2. Atheist. To understand the suffering heaved upon a human being at birth requires a clear-mindedness and willingness to accept truth that is commonly shared with other fields of rational inquiry.
3. I’d say i’m agnostic. God(s) may very well exist, but if they do, they are definitely not deserving of worship.
4. In my long experience with the sub, yes, the supermajority are atheists. Some are spiritual or have other quirky beliefs. Some, like me, are hardline empiricist. This latter division is something I hope a future poll addresses.
5. Atheist, I can guarantee most people on this sub are probably atheist too.
So not only are all five of the top five comments are from atheists/agnostics, two of those five even testify, with a strong sense of conviction, that most people on the antinatalist subreddit are probably atheists
Next, the total number of comments was 60. Of those 60, twenty people responded directly to the original posting and self-identified. From my quick count on my phone, 15 identified as an atheist/agnostic. One identified as a pagan, another as a Satanist, another as a Christian, two as theists, and one as a theist who hates “god.” In other words, among those who self-identified in response to the query, roughly 75% identified as atheists/agnostics. This, of course, maps perfectly to the comments such as “I can guarantee most people on this sub are probably atheist too” and “In my long experience with the sub, yes, the supermajority are atheists.”
Yet it gets better. Someone over at that reddit has been polling the place and has reported their results – here.
According to the lastest 2019 poll, here is the breakdown of anti-natalists:
Whoa! People mentioned that reddit is heavy with atheists and that might skew the numbers. But up to nearly 90%?! I think not. You’d have to show that most/all subreddits are made up of 90% atheists/agnostics for that caveat to stick.
So, as of this moment, we are left with these data describing the breakdown of 100s of anti-natalists:
I think we now have pretty strong evidence to support the belief that most anti-natalists are atheists/agonstics.