New Study Shows That Americans Lie About How Often They Really Go to Church

In a study to be unveiled just hours from now, brilliantly titled “I Know What You Did Last Sunday,” the Public Religion Research Institute shows that Americans are lying their asses off when it comes to admitting how often they go to church.

How do they know? Researchers conducted two types of surveys — one over the phone and one online — in which they asked the same questions about going to church and belief in God. When participants had to provide answers to a human being over the phone, they were much more likely to inflate their church attendance numbers. And when they’re in front of a computer, they’re more likely to admit that they rarely, if ever, go to church.

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Yemen Doesn’t Share My Parenting Values

The team at PBS NewsHour put together a terrific interactive where you can rank the values you feel are most important to teach your children and find out which countries reflect (and don’t reflect) your ideals. (The data used comes from the 2010-2014 World Values Survey)

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Atheist Political Action Committee Endorses Another Round of Candidates… and Cue the Crickets

Last September, the Freethought Equality Fund was created with a mandate to back candidates who support church/state separation and the atheist community at large.

In December, they released a list of their first six endorsements — and it doesn’t appear to have hurt any of the candidates, which is a positive sign!

Earlier this week, FEF released its latest slate of candidate endorsements. It includes people like Daniel Moran (running for Texas State House), Rep. Juan Mendez (running for another term in the Arizona State House), and James Woods (running for the U.S. House from Arizona). All three of them are openly atheistic. Altogether, there are 15 candidates on the list.

But there’s a problem with that…

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Looks Like We’ll See Jesus and the Flying Spaghetti Monster in the Florida Capitol Again This Winter

Last winter, something strange happened in Florida.

I know, I know, that’s crazy talk. Florida? Strange?! Never. But stay with with me here…

For a time, the State Capitol Building became home to a Nativity scene, Festivus Pole, three signs from atheist groups, and an homage to the Flying Spaghetti Monster:

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Atheists Are Not the Intellectually Dishonest Ones Here

If you wanted to criticize atheists, there are ways to do it… but if you decide to go so far as to make a list of what “Intellectually Dishonest” atheists look like, let me offer two quick suggestions:

1) If you’re a pot, don’t call the kettle black.

2) Avoid straw man arguments.

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