Nicholas Kristof Slams Atheists’ Religious Literacy in New York Times Column

In his New York Times column today, Nicholas Kristof writes about religious illiteracy in our country and makes this surprising statement:

Secular Americans are largely ignorant about religion, but, in surveys, religious Americans turn out to be scarcely more knowledgeable.

He doesn’t cite any surveys, but I can, and the results are precisely the opposite. Despite overall low scores, Secular Americans know more about religion than any religious group.

A 2010 Pew Forum U.S. Religious Knowledge survey asked Americans 32 questions about the beliefs of various faiths and Atheists/Agnostics scored higher than any other group:

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An Openly Atheist Candidate is Running for Congress in Arizona

In 2012, Republican Matt Salmon was comfortably elected to the House of Representatives from the 5th Congressional District in Arizona, representing the western suburbs of Phoenix. (He had previously served as the Representative from the 1st district from 1995-2001.)

Salmon opposes federal funding of abortions, gay marriage, and gay adoption (despite his own son being gay). He also voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

In short, he needs to go.

And James Woods wants to be the person replacing him.

Woods is a legally blind, very progressive, openly atheist candidate and, unlike some other Arizona politicians we won’t name, he’s not afraid of admitting it:

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We Lost Another Wonderful Leader Yesterday

We lost another great leader in the Humanist community yesterday. Warren Wolf was president of the Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS) and former president of The Humanist Institute. His organizations were actively involved in educating future leaders about the history and power of ethics beyond religion.



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America Is Losing Its Religion… and We’re All Better Off Because of It

Here’s something I wasn’t expecting to read in Time magazine:



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In Ohio, Another Bible-Preaching Public High School Football Coach

What is it about football coaches that makes them more susceptible to violate the First Amendment?

The latest example of a football coach preaching Jesus to his players is Chris Wells of Middletown High School.



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