What’s Going On with the Huge Percentage of Atheists in China?

Back in April, WIN Gallup International (no relation to Gallup, Inc.) released a survey ranking global religiosity — which countries were most and least religious.

Overall, we learned that 63% of people around the world were religious, while those who described themselves as “a convinced atheist” made up 11% of the global population. (Global, in this case, referred to the 65 countries from which they were able to acquire data.) Unlike most surveys that put atheists under a broader “non-religious” umbrella, this one actually separated us from the rest of the “Nones.”

The most faith-filled countries in the world, with more than 90% of the population describing themselves as religious, were Thailand, Armenia, and Bangladesh:

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High School Graduation Ceremony Features Song Praising Jesus

The kind of music you’re allowed to sing at public school events has always been a touchy church/state separation issue. Christmas songs are okay, like during winter concerts, but they have to be mixed in with secular songs to avoid any impression of promoting one religion. Religious songs with a clear educational purpose are fine, but not songs that are purely devotional. It’s not always an easy call to make.

But here’s a case out of New York that’s pretty clear-cut:

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Canadian Court Upholds Decision Not to Grant Accreditation to Anti-Gay Christian Law School

Trinity Western University’s proposed law school in British Columbia has been under fire because the school, in true anti-gay fashion, requires all students to agree that only married men and women are allowed to have sex.

Last November, they hit their biggest obstacle yet when the Law Society of British Columbia decided not to grant the school accreditation:

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Catholic Church in Norway Owes Government More Than $5 Million After Inflating Membership Numbers

In countries where church and state are tied together, religious groups can receive taxpayer money based on membership. It’s to their benefit, then, when people say they’re Catholic, even if they don’t really practice. (Atheists groups in some countries have urged people to say they’re not religious, if that’s accurate, in order to stop excess money from going to churches.)

And wouldn’t you know it? There’s a lot of shady bookkeeping going on…

In Norway right now, the Catholic Church is in the midst of a scandal over this very problem:

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Episcopalians Vote Yes to Gay Marriage in Church, But Are They Too Late?

Yesterday, during the Episcopal General Convention meeting in Salt Lake City, both clergy members and lay participants voted to allow same-sex marriages within the Church. While many Episcopalians embraced openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson more than a decade ago, this was a dramatic leap forward:

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