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Atheism in Arkansas

Just found this interesting tidbit from the Washington Post:

Arkansas is one of half a dozen states that still exclude non-believers from public office. Article 19 Section 1 of the 1874 Arkansas Constitution states that “No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any court.”

The “as a witness” part is interesting to me, as it seems that an atheist could still be charged with a crime, but not be allowed to testify on their own behalf.  I may be misconstruing this.  Certainly none of their atheist friends or family members would be able to testify on their behalf, though. 

There’s a bill in the Arkansas legislature to repeal this insanity.  I pray to God it passes quickly.  ;)


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Religion and computer language use survey results.

I’ve put up a first pass at visualizing the data from the survey I put up last month about computer language use and religion.  This was an attempt to see if there are any correlations between languages people *prefer* to use and religious identity.  The results are available to be viewed at http://www.kimsal.com/reldevsurvey/results.php.

There’s a few things to note:

  • I didn’t deal with the country data.  I’m not sure how to properly visualize or account for it.
  • The options changed during the first few hours, and eventually I had an ‘add your own’ option.  I should have put the ‘added’ options in the available options for future people, as that would have reduced repeats with slightly different misspellings.
  • The raw data is available to download at the link provided above.  If anyone cares to take this data and visualize it better, give me your results and I’ll link to them or post them.

I don’t (yet?) have just raw results by religion, but out of the 3814 results, something like 1800+ identified as “Atheist”, and another 700 for ‘Agnostic’.  Clearly this is a big bunch, and is higher than I anticipated.  1000 of those Atheist and Agnostics claimed “US” as their country, which again surprised me a bit.

Any feedback/comments, feel free to discuss here or email me privately – mgkimsal@gmail.com.


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Computer language use and religious affiliation

I’ve put up a small survey which I’m hoping will help me get an idea of whether there’s any connection between computer language choice and religious identification.  Do Catholics gravitate towards Java?  Are Python users more likely to be Baptist?  It’s basically a ‘fun’ thing – I don’t claim it’ll be scientific, but I’m still interested in the results.  Please take a few moments and participate!


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