PBS To Air Three-Part Documentary Series on the Religiously Unaffiliated

PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly partnered up with the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life to bring us that survey everyone was talking about today.

They are going to be airing a three-part mini-series on the “The Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated” and a preview is now available online. Lots of faces in the clip should be familiar to readers of this site!

The first segment, None of the Above: Who Are They, will begin airing on public television stations nationwide on October 12, 2012. It provides an overview of who these religiously unaffiliated people are and what they believe. The story will be reported by R&E Host Bob Abernethy and produced by Marcia Henning.

The second segment, None of the Above: Political Implications, which begins airing on October 19, 2012, focuses on how the growing number of religiously unaffiliated citizens could affect elections and the role of religion in politics. The segment will be reported by R&E Managing Editor Kim Lawton and produced by Patti Jette Hanley.

The third segment None of the Above: Religious Implications, which begins airing October 26, 2012, looks at the possible influence of this trend on religious congregations and institutions. This segment will be reported by R&E Contributing Correspondent Deborah Potter and produced by Susan Goldstein.

No wonder Mitt Romney wants to cut funding to PBS.

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  • None

    This should be entitled “Rise of the noxious mediocrities.” (Although, perhaps I should be more charitable, since I am an unaffiliated Christian.)

    • http://www.bricewgilbert.blogspot.com Brice Gilbert

      Aaawwww shit!

    • Andrew B.

       Thanks for the great comment, friend!  We sure appreciate it!

    • Greisha


    • http://twitter.com/InMyUnbelief TCC

      Perhaps you should be more charitable? Uh, yeah, perhaps, maybe, a bit.

    • Scantilycladoranges

       No reason to be more charitable. Christianity has a long history of being violent, rude and repugnant. The idea that christianity is synonymous with good is a fallacy that should be corrected at every oppourtunity. So no continue with your current attitude, your religion has a proud tradition of it.

    • Tainda

      I’m just impressed you spelled everything correctly!  Way to go little buddy!

      • Willy Occam

         Not to mention proper grammar and punctuation!  I must say, I am duly impressed. 

    • DKeane123

      Here Trolly, Trolly, Troll……

    • ragarth

      Representin’ huh? Acid laced, bigoted vitriol befits your religious affiliation well.

  • Dkeane123

    All I have to say is “F’in Awesome!”

  • JT

    Yeah, those aren’t showing here in South Carolina. Not surprised. Guess I’ll have to watch them online.

    • Gringa

       South Carolina – showing on the HD channel according to the website 

      Sunday, October


      ETV HD

      get email reminder

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kandlelight Lynn Wilder-Burrett

    ?? I just looked on my channel line up and it’s not showing for October 12.  Could dates be wrong?

  • Tom_Nightingale

    Woot!  Looking forward to seeing the segments with Greg Epstein and the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750428174 Paddy Reddin

    Unless  it has been re-titled “To Be  Announced” it may not be on my local station.


  • http://twitter.com/ylaenna M. Elaine

    Some would say: “All the more reason to cut their funding!”

  • amycas

    Anyone else have a problem getting the video to play?

    • Miss_Beara

      I went to their website and it still won’t play for me. 

      And I cannot find a listing for it for my area.


      • amycas

         Thanks. I couldn’t get it to work on their website either.

  • Anonymous Atheist

    FYI: Some PBS stations are airing this show (not just these 3 episodes of it) on Saturday morning (some early Saturday morning) instead of Friday evening.

  • rocketdave

    I’ve got five PBS channels here in Milwaukee and it doesn’t appear to be airing on any of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arthur-Bryne/100002441143047 Arthur Bryne

    Central Virginia, no sign of listings yet on WHTJ or WVPT.

    • Willy Occam

       Can’t find it on WWJD in Lynchburg either.

  • eskomo

    In Minneapolis-St. Paul, it’s on Sunday morning at 11:30. Looks like I will have to miss church again.

  • Miss_Beara

    I can’t find it on any of the Chicago PBS stations unless I am not seeing it. 

  • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com/ Ubi Dubium

    I love how much this segment used footage from the Reason Rally!  Yay PBS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/barefoot.bree Barefoot Bree

    Since this happened so quickly, I suspect all the local channels haven’t put it into their lineup yet. They will squeeze it in as they get the word. I’d suggest everybody (including me!) keep checking.

    Hemant, could you pretty please remind us again in a couple of days?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Will do

  • Jessica

    I’m so glad to see this- When I was at the Rally, I kept seeing professional-type cameras. I assumed they were for the news or something, but there didn’t seem to be that much media coverage at the time.  This must have been what they were for.  I am not ashamed to say that I am going to be searching for my own face while watching this! :)

  • Deanna in NC

    If you are having trouble finding the show on your local PBS station, make sure you are looking for  “Religion and Ethics Newseekly.  ”
    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/ ” I have Dish, and I just searched on the word, “Religion” and found it airing this Sunday at 9:30 AM.  It’s episode 799.  (BTW, I was pleasantly surprised when I did my search that this was the only show that appeared.  I actually was afraid I was going to have hundreds of programs with the word, “religion”, to pop up.  I take that as a good sign.)

  • Bill Anderson

    Who can tell me what the music playing in the background was? I’ve heard it before several times, but I can’t remember its name or where it’s from. FYI, I’m wondering why they chose it. Also, was it PBS who a couple of years ago had a miniseries on religion in America that was an absolute abomination – seemingly trying to make the case that this is a Christian country, with an all-Christian history?

    • http://www.facebook.com/conticreative Marco C

      I wasn’t sure if you were serious about the music or you were trying to make a joke of sorts, but it’s REM “Losing my Religion”.