Are Iraqi youths losing their religion?
Sep 21, 2020

By Judit Neurink “It’s about my identity,” Yara Ali said with confidence. Ali is an Arab-Iraqi lawyer and prominent activist living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq; for security reasons, she uses a pseudonym. “I was forced to wear it. It was to protect me, but it wasn’t me.” Yara, 29, told Al-Monitor. A couple of years …

Since 2007, the U.S. Has Had the “Largest Move Away from Religion” in the World
Sep 16, 2020

By Hemant Mehta In an essay for Foreign Affairs, Ronald F. Inglehart, the author of the forthcoming book Religion’s Sudden Decline: What’s Causing it, and What Comes Next? writes about how he used to think religion was on the rise. With the collapse of Communism and the election of George W. Bush, religious beliefs appeared to be in ascendence. And …

Freedom From Religion Foundation asks for investigation into La Crosse priest’s political video
Sep 14, 2020 · 2 

By Martha Koloski A video by Father James Altman, a priest at Saint James the Less Catholic Church in La Crosse is getting lots of mixed reactions by those who have seen it. It’s already been viewed some 400-thousand times. The video shows Father Altman making claims against the Democratic party and among other things …

U.S. school principals discriminate against Muslims and atheists, our study finds
Sep 11, 2020

By Steven Pfaff, Charles Crabtree, Holger L. Kern, and John B. Holbein On Sept. 11, 2001, the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda coordinated four attacks against targets in the United States, killing nearly 3,000 individuals and injuring tens of thousands more. After these attacks, Americans grew more suspicious of and outwardly hostile to Muslims. Research shows that these …

School prayer dispute: Greenville board splits, nixes legal settlement with humanist group
Sep 9, 2020

By Anne B. Mitchell The agreement on prayer at school graduations had everything Greenville County’s school district wanted. Students could lead prayers. Employees could bow their heads out of respect and utter a discreet “Amen” at the prayer’s conclusion. But when faced with also paying the bills for a seven-year legal battle that the American …

Research Shows How Public Schools Discriminate Against Atheist & Muslim Families
Sep 1, 2020

By Hemant Mehta A group of researchers say that public school principals in the U.S. discriminate against atheist and Muslim families, and the way they made this claim is fascinating. The new paper was published in the journal Public Administration Review, and it’s the work of Steven Pfaff (University of Washington), Charles Crabtree (Dartmouth College), Holger L. Kern (Florida State University), and John B. Holbein (University …

Atheists trump the religious when it comes to sleep quality
Sep 1, 2020

By Brittany A. Roston Religion may offer some people comfort, but that apparently doesn’t translate to improved sleep quality, at least according to a new study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The organization recommends that adults get at least seven hours of sleep every night, but found that Baptists and Catholics are far …

Alice Roberts: ‘Atheism is defining yourself by an absence. Humanism is a positive choice’
Aug 31, 2020 · 9 

By Harriet Sherwood Prof. Alice Roberts, the broadcaster, scientist and author, has been filming this week for the third series of Channel 4’s Britain’s Most Historic Towns, after a five-month gap. “The last time we were out, back in March, people were pulling the shutters down around us. We felt very nervous. I drove home …

Outspoken Atheist, Arrested in Nigeria for Blasphemy, Hasn’t Been Seen Since
Aug 26, 2020

By Ruth Maclean Amina Ahmed knew her atheist husband was taking enormous risks with some of his Facebook posts criticizing Christianity and Islam in Nigeria, a deeply religious country. She wanted him to be free to believe whatever he wanted. But she worried that if he kept up his commentary, the staunchly Muslim community he …

One nation ‘under God’? More and more Americans don’t think so.
Aug 26, 2020

By Charles Lane In the United States, one of the most consequential cultural changes of our time may be the swift and seemingly accelerating decline of religious commitment. Historically, Americans have recorded relatively high levels of worship-service attendance and belief in God, as compared with their peers in advanced industrial societies such as Europe or …

New Research Shows the Four Conditions That Lead to a Less Religious Society
Aug 25, 2020

By Hemant Mehta A couple of summers ago, I spent a wonderful week working with a group of policy experts, computer programmers, and sociologists and discussing what conditions would create communities with more thoughtful, charitable, and connected atheists. It wasn’t merely some long thought experiment. There was plenty of historical data available that allowed us to gauge …

Atheist Group Releases Scorecard for U.S. House; Many Members Earned Top Scores
Aug 24, 2020

By Hemant Mehta The Center for Freethought Equality (the advocacy wing of the American Humanist Association) has publicly released its scorecard for the 116th Congress, grading House members for how they voted on a variety of resolutions and bills dealing with issues like church/state separation, blasphemy laws, faith-based discrimination, science, and more. (They shared the list with members earlier this month.) You …