Congratulations, Atheists! America is Growing Increasingly Churchless

A new study released by the Barna Group, in conjunction with David Kinnaman‘s book Churchless, shows that more people than ever before have no need for a church, even if they’re religious.

That’s one of several factors Kinnaman uses to describe those he calls “post-Christian” (which is quite the euphemism):



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Suspect in Ten Commandments Monument Vandalism Case Taken to Mental Health Facility

Yesterday, less than 24 hours after someone drove a car into the Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol lawn, police had a suspect in hand.

[caption width="550" align="alignnone"]Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma (via James Nimmo)[/caption]



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UC Berkeley Students Are Protesting Bill Maher’s Upcoming Commencement Speech, Claiming He’s a “Bigot and Racist”

It’s the Ayaan Hirsi Ali controversy all over again…

This time, comedian Bill Maher was invited to deliver the commencement address at University of California, Berkeley’s winter graduation ceremony.



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Minnesota County Sued for Denying Atheists the Ability to Officiate a Wedding

Earlier this year, the Center For Inquiry won a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, giving non-religious people who were Secular Celebrants the ability to officiate weddings.

Before they stepped in, the only way an atheist could officiate was to direct the marrying couple to someone else to solemnize the wedding immediately afterwards become a “minister” via a site like the Universal Life Church, or get certified by a group founded by Quakers.

So the legal victory was a welcome one. Atheists in Indiana no longer had to abdicate the solemnizing responsibility to someone else or pretend to have faith.

Now, atheists in Minnesota are trying to do the same thing.

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Watch Matt Dillahunty Explain Appeals to Faith

In the next video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty explains appeals to faith — specifically, how do you respond to someone who says, “You just have to have faith”?



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