There’s Another 9/11 Memorial Cross Controversy, This Time in Princeton (New Jersey)

Princeton (New Jersey) Fire Company deputy chief Roy James really wants to put up a 9/11 memorial in the city. The centerpiece would be a 10-foot-long steel beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center… but it has a cross cut out of it.

And that’s the problem: Is this really about honoring the victims of 9/11 or promoting Christianity by way of an emotionally-charged display that no one has the heart to say no to?



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Clark County (Washington) Officials Find an Underhanded Way to Pass an Unpopular “In God We Trust” Proposal

Last week, I wrote about how Clark County (Washington) officials had tabled a discussion to put up an “In God We Trust” sign after the proposal saw a lot of resistance: After hearing about two hours of public testimony — during which about two-thirds of the speakers opposed the controversial proposal — [Councilor Tom] Mielke [Read More…]

These Are the Most and Least Religious States in the Country

Gallup has just released its annual list of the most and least religious states in the country (based on church attendance) and there’s no real change from the past.

The most religious states are exactly what you’d expect — Utah and Mississippi — while the least religious states make me want to move to New England:



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College Students Today Are Less Religious Than Ever Before

This graph will put a smile on your face.

The numbers, from a study called “The American Freshman,” show that college freshmen are abandoning their faith labels in record number, with self-professed “Nones” comprising more than 27% of students, the highest percentage in 40 years.



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This Finnish Band Just Released a Stunning Music Video Drawing Inspiration from the Work of Richard Dawkins

The Finland-based symphonic metal band Nightwish is about to release their new album, drawing inspiration from the natural world and the work of Richard Dawkins. (In fact, Dawkins appears on the album as a narrator for two of the songs.)

You can see the first single from the album, “Élan,” below. Gotta say, I’d never heard of the band before, but the video and music are just incredible:



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