Curiously, only 3.7 percent of U of M students and staff reported having grown up in a godless home. It would seem that the University of Minnesota is responsible for shaking the faith of almost a fifth of its campus community. No data were available on precisely which course convinced students that the universe is a cold and utterly lonely place. May we suggest statistics?
Another April, 2006 study, by U of M associate professor of sociology Penny Edgell, found that only 3 percent of the U.S. population own up to being atheists. The study also found that most Americans revile these individuals as self-interested and a theat to shared morality and civil society. Potential advertising slogan for the American Atheists: "At Least We're Not Child Molesters.")
That level of loathing is nothing compared to the acute persecution suffered by the university's Baha'i caucus. So oppressive is their lot, it would seem, that a mere .25 percent can be found cowering anywhere near Coffman Memorial Union. Doubling their numbers are worshipers of Goldie the Gopher--that is, believers in "animism/shamanism."