Atheists Are Just 2% of the Population, but 59% of Americans Claim to Know One

Yesterday, the Pew Research Center released data concerning the relative popularity of various religious groups. There’s still a lot to learn from the data, so today they released an article answering the question: “How many people of different faiths do you know?”

This question is incredibly important for atheists, because we know the stigma against us evaporates as people get to know us better. And it turns out that, despite being only 2% of the population, 59% of Americans know someone who doesn’t believe in a god:

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A New Bill in Ohio Will Allow Atheists to Solemnize Marriages

With an Appeals Court overturning Indiana’s ban on Secular Celebrants performing wedding ceremonies this week, the Center For Inquiry is now setting its sights on Ohio, where a similar ban is still in effect.

There’s no lawsuit this time, though. They’re doing this one legislatively with the help of State Rep. Mike Foley (D):

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This Woman’s Testimony Is Exposing a Sex Scandal in the Catholic Church

Twin Cities (Minnesota) Archbishop John Nienstedt (below) spent years arguing against LGBT rights. In 2007, he wrote that “those who actively encourage or promote homosexual acts… formally cooperate in a grave evil and, if they do so knowingly and willingly, are guilty of mortal sin.” He condemned Brokeback Mountain when it came out. And he spent $650,000 of the Church’s money trying to convince Minnesota voters to pass an amendment banning same-sex marriage — an amendment that ultimately failed.

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Bible Stories for Corporations

Finally, Ruben Bolling has written the book we’ve all been waiting for: Bible Stories for Newly Formed and Young Corporations!

You can see more panels from the book (that seriously needs to be published) at Boing Boing.

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This is a Sign of Church Desperation, Isn’t It?

Wanna vote for Charlotte’s hottest selfies?

Of course you don’t. But that’s what Elevation Church thinks will get you to come to a service. (If that doesn’t do it, the poor grammar will.)

The fact that your here means that at least a small part of you thought this was real and wanted to check it out. Either way, we can all agree that our culture has a serious problem with self-perception and identity. So how do we fix it?

(Spoiler: Jesus)

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