Secular Identity, Belief in God, and 2020 Preferences
Sep 18, 2019

By Socioanalitica Research Introduction This post is part of a series of short reports about secular Americans and the 2020 Elections based on the Secular Voices Survey. Socioanalitica Research conducted the survey on July 11, 2019, among a representative sample of 520 nonreligious Americans. For the survey topline and methodology visit this link. Secular Identification According …

Economists calculate monetary value of ‘thoughts and prayers’
Sep 18, 2019 · 2 

By Ian Sample All things have a price – and if not, economists will find one. Researchers have calculated the going rate for thoughts and prayers offered in hard times. Rather than settling on one price for all, the study found the value of a compassionate gesture depended overwhelmingly on a person’s beliefs. While Christian …

The Clergy Project has 1000 Participants!
Sep 18, 2019 · 1 

By Linda LaScola Wow! I must say I never thought this day would come. The Clergy Project, that I helped to found, along with Dan Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker, Carter Warden (formerly known as “Adam Mann”) and “Chris”, now has 1000 participants. This comes after starting as a private website in 2011 with 52 people, …

Atheists Demand Georgia School Stop Promoting Christianity in Sports and Online
Sep 18, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Let us all appreciate the public schools that openly brag about how they’re violating the Establishment Clause. They make everything so much easier for First Amendment attorneys. The American Humanist Association says that the Griffin First United Methodist Church was allowed to host “a breakfast and sermon for football players” at Spalding High School …

What Draws Atheists, Jews and Catholics to a Presbyterian Church
Sep 10, 2019

By Rick Rojas Observant Presbyterians are always part of gatherings at Rutgers Presbyterian Church. But much of the time, so are Roman Catholics and Jews, as well as a smattering of people who consider themselves vaguely spiritual. Valerie Oltarsh-McCarthy, who sat among the congregation listening to a Sunday sermon on the perils of genetically modified …

Secular Student Alliance has seen growth at religiously affiliated colleges
Sep 9, 2019

By Heather Adams LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Sophie Cote, a math and economics major who hopes to be on Wall Street one day, and Charlotta Lebedenko, a chemistry and philosophy major on her way to medical school, sat together during their medieval theology class at Fordham University, a Jesuit university in New York. Freshmen at …

Pete Buttigieg: Lawmakers Must Treat Religious and Non-Religious People Equally
Sep 9, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Cory Booker, more than the other Democrats, have been talking about their personal faith ever since stepping onto the campaign trail. It’s been a refreshing change of pace for people who are only used to Republicans talking about Christianity and only as a weapon against various groups. While it’s …

BC Humanists: Prayer Has No Place in the Legislative Assembly
Sep 6, 2019

By Val Wilde Every day, just before the start of Question Period at the British Columbia Legislature, a different Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) stands to lead those present in a prayer taken from any faith they choose. It’s their version of a religious invocation. The BC Humanist Association (BCHA) says it’s time for this practice to …

Rep. Jared Huffman is Right: Liz Cheney “Went Ballistic” Over a Christian Oath
Sep 5, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Rep. Jared Huffman, the only openly atheist member of Congress, is being criticized by a prominent Republican for the crime of… defending the Constitution. A little background: Huffman sits on the House Committee on Natural Resources. Earlier this year, after control of the committee flipped to Democrats, Ranking Member Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva agreed to strike the …

Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit
Sep 3, 2019

By the Associated Press A federal appeals court is reversing a lower court decision and ruling that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ policy barring atheists from delivering invocations doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday’s decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the House’s policy of limiting prayers at the start of legislative …

The Defiance of Pakistani Atheists
Sep 3, 2019

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid For Pakistani atheists, a hitherto intangible demographic, the 2010s was a decade that simultaneously gave them an identity and took it away. The voice they found in the digital sphere at the start of the 2010s, albeit under the cloak of anonymity, has largely been stifled. With the boom of the …

Democrats Pass Resolution Acknowledging “Importance” of Non-Religious Americans
Aug 27, 2019

By Hemant Mehta The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution over the weekend acknowledging the “value, ethical soundness, and importance” of non-religious Americans. (This occurred at the same meeting where the DNC rejected a resolution supporting single-issue debates, like one about climate change.) According to the Secular Coalition for America, after the DNC’s Resolutions Committee first approved …