Are Men More Likely to Be Secular Than Women?

This is a guest post written by Phil Zuckerman. Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College. His latest book, Living the Secular Life, will be published this December.

As many of you may be well aware, Sam Harrisrecently quoted comments concerning why most of his fans tend to be male set off some serious criticisms; Greta Christina’s condemnation of Harris was particularly stinging.

The issue of whether or not men tend to be more secular than women is clearly a hot-button issue; people can be easily outraged or offended by related insinuations, declarations, or interpretations when it comes to the proclivities of men and women to be more or less religious or secular. And women within the secular movement (or any movement) have a right to be hyper-vigilant when it comes to sexism, chauvinism, and any other manifestations of patriarchal malfeasance.

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Denied the Chance to Deliver an Invocation, Atheists in Rowlett (TX) Protested Outside City Hall Last Night

For a while now, atheists in Rowlett, Texas have been wanting to deliver an invocation at a city council meeting. After Greece v. Galloway, that should be a given. However, local leaders refused to change their policy. Mayor Todd Gottel said last week, “As long as I’m mayor, we are going to pray,” meaning to hell with any secular invocations.

Last night, the Metroplex Atheists Rowlett held a protest outside city hall to draw attention to the discrimination they’re facing:

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This is the Satanic Coloring Book That Will Be Available for Florida Students Thanks to Proselytizing Christians

Earlier this week, we found out that, thanks to Christians who were determined to distribute the Bible to schoolchildren in Orange County, Florida, the doors had opened up to any religious or non-religious group that wanted to give away literature.

And now we’re getting a first look at pages from the coloring book that The Satanic Temple intends to give away: “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.”

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Graduates from an Anti-Gay Christian Law School Won’t Be Allowed to Practice in Yet Another Canadian Province

Late last year, I posted about a proposed new law school in British Columbia affiliated with (Christian) Trinity Western University where gay students who acted on their sexual orientation would not be allowed through the doors:

At the time, I defended the school’s right to exist. My thinking was that, like private Christian schools in the United States, they have the ability to create their own standards for admission, even if those standards are ridiculous — and it wouldn’t ultimately matter since the students would still have to learn and defend Canadian law as written and pass the Canadian version of the bar exam. In other words, their Christian anti-gay bigotry wouldn’t work in the real world.

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Football Coach Says He Was Fired Over Team Prayers but Adds That He Didn’t Lead Them

Gary Weiss is the freshmen football coach at Catalina Foothills High School. Or, I should say, was. But there’s confusion over what exactly he did to lose that position…

According to him, he was asked to do something illegal and said no:

… Weiss said he was instructed to tell his players to stop praying before and after games or he would be let go. He refused. Now he says he’s out of a job.

But that’s weird. Students are allowed to pray before and after games. Hell, they can pray during a game if they want. On Friday, the Varsity players, at least, did just that:

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