About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

In the U.S., 49% of Former Catholics Have Left Organized Religion for Good

Last week, the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service released a comprehensive survey of American Catholics, and we’re still getting reports on what they found.

The latest analysis focuses on where ex-Catholics go — to another religion or out of the game altogether? — and the answer won’t surprise you.

About half of the people who leave Catholicism become “Unaffiliated,” essentially saying goodbye to organized religion altogether:



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Joshua Feuerstein: Putting Kim Davis in Jail Means the “Christian Holocaust Has Officially Begun”

Vertical-video-addict Joshua Feuerstein, last seen showing his children how to fire guns in the backyard, now says the jailing of Kim Davis amounts to a “Christian holocaust“:



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New “Crusader” Assault Rifle with Bible Verse On It Is Supposed to Repel Muslim Terrorists

If you want to prevent more mass shootings in the United States, what do you do?

Pass gun control legislation? Hire more cops? Have stricter background checks?

According to Spike’s Tactical, a gun manufacturer in Apopka, Florida, you don’t need to bother with any of those things. They solved the problem by creating a weapon with a Bible verse etched on to the magazine well so Muslims won’t touch it:



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U.S. District Judge Sends Kim Davis to Jail

Alternate headline: “The Religious Right will be sending out their latest fundraising emails in 5… 4… 3…”

The latest:

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Kim Davis Has Made Working at the Rowan County Courthouse a Nightmare

As we wait to learn the fate of Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, the government worker who refuses to do the work of the government because she worships a homophobic God, the Kentucky Trial Court Review’s Shannon Ragland has posted some fascinating excerpts from an exclusive interview with County Attorney Cecil Watkins.

Not only did Watkins refuse to defend Davis because of her defiance of the law, here’s what else we learn from him:

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