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 …

More Americans now see ‘very high’ preventive health benefits from measles vaccine
Jan 7, 2020

By Meg Hefferon and Cary Funk Public attitudes about the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine remain broadly positive in the United States, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (88%) say the benefits of the MMR vaccine outweigh the risks – the same share as in 2016, …

Harvard Law Professor: Atheists “Can’t Be Trusted” to Hold Public Office
Jan 2, 2020 · 5 

By Hemant Mehta I’m not a Harvard law student, much less a Harvard law professor, but Adrian Vermeule is. Which is why it’s all the more disturbing that he seems to believe atheists are incapable of holding public office. Responding to a Washington Post article about how white evangelicals falsely fear that atheists would strip away their rights given the …

Do humanists celebrate Christmas? Ethical humanist Anne Klaeysen on holiday spirit
Dec 24, 2019 · 15 

By Emily McFarlan Miller The war on Christmas is over — if you want it, according to Anne Klaeysen, leader emerita of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Even the idea that there’s a war on Christmas is “antithetical to the holiday spirit, whether it’s Hanukkah or Christmas or Kwanzaa,” Klaeysen said. “(The holiday spirit) …

White evangelicals fear atheists and Democrats would strip away their rights. Why?
Dec 23, 2019

By Paul A. Djupe As the House has moved through the impeachment of President Trump, voices on the extreme right have been arguing that it’s the first shot in a coming “civil war.” According to conservative evangelical conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles, “The Democrats are forcing me to stockpile ammunition, food, water, and medical supplies to defend …

Somerset ISD takes down biblical religious display after complaint from American Humanist Association
Dec 18, 2019 · 1 

By Fares Sabawi and RJ Marquez A wall of the Somerset Early Childhood Elementary’s library is bare after district officials took down a religious display on Monday due to a complaint from the American Humanist Association. Maury Vasquez, the district’s public information officer, said the decision to take down the display came after officials consulted …