Breaking Down the “Nones,” the Most Unhelpful Term in Religion Research

Whenever we see research about religion in America, atheists and agnostics tend to be lumps into a broader category called “Nones” or “Unaffiliated”… which sounds fine, until you realize that the group also includes people who believe in God but just don’t claim a religious label.

Tobin Grant at Religion News Service has been analyzing the non-religious segment of the Nones and gives us some very useful insights:



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The New York Times Profiles Even More Muslims-Turned-Atheists

Just a day after I posted about a Muslim-turned atheist featured in a newspaper article, the New York TimesMark Oppenheimer has a fantastic story about another Muslim-turned atheist, Heina Dadabhoy:



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Ted Cruz’s Father Blames the End of Public School Bible Readings for “Increased Teen Pregnancy” and “Moral Decay”

At a conference sponsored by the Family Research Council this week, Senator Ted Cruz‘s father Rafael Cruz went on a tirade about how Christian leaders need to get into politics and stop hiding behind their 501(c)(3)s:



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Vision Iowa May Be Reconsidering Its $140,000 Taxpayer-Funded Grant for a Christian Park

Earlier this week, we learned that Shepherd’s Garden, a Christian-themed park being built in Sioux City, Iowa, was set to receive a $140,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded “Vision Iowa” program:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Vision Iowa group a letter detailing the constitutional violations that taxpayers would be on the hook for if the courts ruled against them:

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Guy Who Says Evolution is “Anti-American” Donates Dinosaur Skeleton to Creation Museum

Michael Peroutka believes the idea of evolution is anti-American.

He believes it because the Declaration of Independence cites a “Creator.” And because he’s a Young Earth Creationist who doesn’t care about the facts.

… The promotion of evolution is an act of disloyalty to America, that’s what I’m saying… You either believe in Creation, by which you have rights that government is designed to protect, or you believe that all men are slime and that you have no rights at all.

It’s hardly a surprise, then, that someone so out of touch with reality would join forces with the Creation Museum’s Ken Ham.

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