New Zealand Census Results Show That At Least 39% of the Country Profess ‘No Religion’

According to newly-released census results, New Zealand is becoming even more non-religious that anyone thought:

Overall, the Census figures continue a trend for people turning away from religion, with all major churches shedding followers.

The number of people who said they have no religion increased 26 per cent to 1.6 million.

Want more precise numbers? The number of people who categorized themselves under “No Religion” was 1,635,348. Given that the total number of people surveyed was 4,242,048, that puts the Kiwi Nones at a staggering 39% of the population. (It’s 42% if you only count those who gave answers to the “religion” question.)

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This Christian Education Curriculum Has the Worst Multiple Choice Questions You’ve Ever Seen

Jonny Scaramanga got his hands on Packets of Accelerated Christian Education (PACEs) — curriculums used by many Christian educators in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Normally, when you see exam questions from Christian schools, the criticism is that the answers are all about the Bible (and also just plain wrong).

But Scaramanga’s images of multiple choice questions from a broad range of subjects shows that they’re not just bad questions; the answer choices all point to the obvious answer.

Imagine an entire test filled with $100 questions from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

It’s just like that.

Let’s start with the questions for the 10-year-olds:



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7 Reasons Why People Believe in God and Don’t Accept Evolution

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses Chris Mooney‘s article in which he explains why “it’s easier for humans to believe in God than evolution“:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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Oklahoma Legislator Who Supports Ten Commandments Monument Slams Satanic Temple’s Proposal for Being Too ‘Religious’

Last week, I posted an interview with Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves about his group’s desire to place a monument of their own near the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building.

They were executing a tactic atheists have been using for a while now: When a Christian display is allowed on government property, you might as well take advantage of the floodgates being open and demand a display of your own. Along the way, if legislators decide to ban religious and non-religious displays altogether, that’s just too damn bad… and if they ban your display, it’s an easy victory in court.

Oklahoma legislators are aware that the Satanists want to erect their own monument and they have no clue how to respond, so they’re just putting their collective foot in their mouth and crying “Christian privilege!” left and right:

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Atheism in the News (2013 Edition)

Dusty Smith takes a look at atheism in the news over the past twelve months in his year-end review — and the best part is he could have made this video so many hours longer:



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