April 20, 2004
As a college student...

No, I've never been to college, but that didn't stop me from taking this quiz, which plots one's responses to a series of questions on a grid and compares the result to responses from college students. I fell into the "secular humanist" category (shared with 29% of the college students in the survey). The other three categories were "traditional liberal", "traditional conservative", and "religious centrists". Not surprisingly, the largest group encountered on campus was "traditional liberal", comprising almost a third of the total. The survey has this to say about me:

You are a Secular Centrist. Secular centrists like you tend to be:

•Strongly supportive of gay rights.
•Believe strongly in the separation of church and state.
•Less supportive of affirmative action than most college students.
•Less likely to be concerned about the environment than most college students.
•Less likely to believe in basic health insurance as a right than most college students.

I somewhat disagree with the second conclusion, although I understand how that conclusion was reached. All the remaining results should be familiar with regular readers. I am staunchly conservative in areas that are not covered by the survey (fiscal issues, law enforcement, personal responsibility), which would pull me out of the "centrist" column. My tolerance of religion informing one's personal choices, as long as they don't infringe on my liberty, would pull me out of the "secular" column, as it is interpreted by many leftists these days. The test is quick and interesting; check it out for yourself.

BTW, my responses were 5/5/2/1/2/4/1/1/4/3/3.

(Link courtesy of Gary Farber, who ended up with the same results, despite a distinctly different political bent. Yes, Gary, some of us conservatives do read past the Instalanche link<grin>.)

posted on April 20, 2004 01:18 PM


"My tolerance of religion informing one's personal choices, as long as they don't infringe on my liberty, would pull me out of the 'secular' column...."

I'm curious as to what that means.

Read referrer logs? Me?

(Do I hold against you that you link to me, but apparently consider me too boring to blogroll? Apparently not.)

posted by Gary Farber on April 20, 2004 02:00 PM

Gary, many hold "secular" to mean the same as "atheistic" these days, as any mention of God sends them into a tizzy. While I am not a particularly religious person, I don't freak out when someone mentions their religious beliefs (or lack thereof).

What I am offended by, however, is those who try to legislate their religious preferences into law, whether it is fundamentalist Christians who try to ban abortion or criminalize consensual sex among adults, or atheists who try to ban abstinence advocacy in schools on the grounds that abstinence is a religious concept.

posted by timekeeper on April 20, 2004 03:20 PM

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