For the most part that’s true although there are belief systems that are more common among certain ethnic groups ( How many Jewish Hispanics do you know?), and not all atheists have the same belief system either. There are huge differences in the way individual atheists look at the world and certainly morality and the economy. To lump all atheists in a single category is the same as generalizing about an ethnic group, or religious group, or religious groups in general. Generalizations are always faulty by their very nature, and generalizing about any group is a form of bigotry. Would this article have been published if it blamed Jew’s or Catholics?
Here’s the Mirriam-Webster definition of a bigot:
: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices ; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance.
I agree that his statement was bigoted, and ignorant baseless crap. Just wanted the distinction noted that blaming an ethnic group requires you make even more assumptions about a group.
Would it be published if It blamed the evangelicals for voting in all the Bushies? I suppose that’s bigoted because I’m lumping all the evangelicals into one group but they voted for him in 2000 at a rate of 68% and ‘04 at a rate of 78%. It probably would be published as long as you make the distinction that about 30% of evangelicals didn’t vote bush it isn’t bigoted.