Satanists Want You To Respond To The Pandemic With Compassion. And Reason.
Mar 25, 2020

By Joseph Laycock The Coronavirus is changing America’s religious landscape as social distancing forces most religious communities to cancel in-person services and invent new online forms of worship. One might assume that Satanists would be unaffected by social distancing or even take a misanthropic delight in it. In 2017, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson advised Satanic …

Sudan Is on the Verge of Abolishing the Death Penalty for Apostasy
Mar 23, 2020

By Hemant Mehta When Humanists International released its annual “Freedom of Thought Report” in November, describing serious cases of discrimination and persecution against atheists around the world, the nation of Sudan was ranked 187 out of 196. (Saudi Arabia ranked last.) It’s not a place where religious freedom is taken seriously. One of the reasons …

What Name Comes to Mind When You Think of Atheism? Many Americans Say… “Satan”
Mar 18, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Who is the first person who comes to mind when you think of atheism? Mind you, that doesn’t mean the person is the most famous atheist. Just the name that comes up when you think of the word. The Pew Research Center asked that question, along with similar ones concerning the major world …

How Many Nones Are There? Maybe More than We Thought
Mar 17, 2020

By Ryan P. Burge, Eastern Illinois University It’s a rare day when I don’t do some type of statistical analysis with survey data related to religion and/or politics. When I am presented with a question about what the public feels or how they behave in these areas, I immediately know which datasets would yield the …

Self-Described “Humanist” Wins Democratic Primary for U.S. House Seat in Texas
Mar 4, 2020 · 2 

By Hemant Mehta Carol Iannuzzi, a self-described “humanist,” won her Democratic primary last night in a race for the U.S. House from District 26 in Texas. She will face incumbent Rep. Michael C. Burgess this November. Iannuzzi comes from a family of activists, saying on her campaign website, “When my dad passed away in 2017, I felt the activist baton …

Religious Socialization and Millennial Involvement in Organized and Digital Nonbelief Activities
Feb 18, 2020

By Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme and Joel Thiessen Abstract Drawing on a representative survey sample of just over 2,500 young adult respondents between the ages of 18 and 35 from across the USA and Canada, our study seeks to understand who exactly takes part in organized and digital nonbelief activities. Our findings show that (a) there is …

Is the rise of the nones slowing? Scholars say maybe
Feb 12, 2020 · 1 

By Yonat Shimron For the past 25 years, the number of Americans claiming no religion has steadily ballooned as more and more people quit church, synagogue or mosque and openly acknowledged being a  “none.” The reality is particularly stark when looked at from a generational perspective. If 10% of people from the silent generation (born …

Gallup: 60% of Americans Say They Could Vote for an Atheist President
Feb 11, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Every few years, Gallup asks Americans a version of this question: “If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be _____, would you vote for that person?” Just about every time they’ve asked that question, “atheist” has been at the bottom of the list. (Atheists are unelectable! the …

The Age of Nones May Favor Churches that Welcome Doubters
Jan 21, 2020

By Ryan Burge The media have paid a lot of attention to the rise of the religiously unaffiliated in recent years, and for good reason. In 1990, just 1 in 20 adult Americans were not connected to a religious faith. Today, it’s closer to 1 in 4. The ripples of such a shift are still …

Religious wars: With the Christian right on the offensive, activists are fighting back
Jan 21, 2020

By Paul Rosenberg Last Thursday, Jan. 16, was Religious Freedom Day. As befits his mendacious nature, Donald Trump “honored” it by promoting two policies profoundly at odds with the original meaning of what religious freedom is all about: a license to discriminate with federal funds, both in employment and in provision of services, and new pressure on public schools to …

Satanic Temple Attorney Discusses Cancelled Scottsdale Prayer Invite
Jan 21, 2020

By Joseph Laycock This week, on the 22nd and 23rd of January, The Satanic Temple (TST) and the city of Scottsdale will meet in court to determine whether TST’s lawsuit over a retracted prayer invitation will proceed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit began in 2016 when Scottsdale—which recently voted to spend another $130,000 to fight …

Atheist Group Grades States on “Religious Equality”; There Are Lots of Failures
Jan 8, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Which states and the best and worst for atheists? Or at least people who support church/state separation? American Atheists just put out a scorecard ranking states based on four groups of issues. There are the legal ones, like if they have an establishment clause in the state constitution, whether they allow tax …