A Quarter of Americans Believe God Determines the Winner of Sporting Events

A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (in partnership with Religion News Service) reveals that *way* too many Americans still think God has a vested interest in their favorite sports team:

About 1-in-4 (26%) Americans and 27% of self-described sports fans say that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event. About 7-in-10 Americans (71%) and sports fans (69%) disagree.

Minority Protestants (45%) are more likely than any other religious group to believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event. More than 3-in-10 white evangelical Protestants (32%) and Catholics (31%) believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins a game. Only about 1-in-5 (19%) white mainline Protestants and 9% of the religiously unaffiliated believe God has a hand in the outcome of sporting events.

The survey also found that church is only slightly more popular than football on a given Sunday:



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Richard Dawkins’ Next Book Finally Has a Title and Release Date

In 2013, Richard Dawkins released the first half of his autobiography: An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist:

It was just announced that the second half — the part that will focus on his career as a well-known atheist — will be released on September 22. The title is…

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Canadian Groups Will Hand Out “Get Out of That ‘Mandatory’ Religion Class!” Cards to Catholic School Students

There are Catholic schools in Ontario that are publicly-funded, yet offer classes in religious doctrine. High school students are allowed to get out of those classes with their parents’ permission — but very few people know that.

Now, some secular groups are trying to change that.

Secular Ontario and Humanist Perspectives will be holding a peaceful protest outside an as-yet-unnamed Catholic school on Friday and hand out these cards to students:



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Sam Harris: Media Outlets Worldwide Should Have Published the New Charlie Hebdo Cover Simultaneously

In an audio blog post, Sam Harris responds to the Charlie Hebdo attacks by, among other things, saying that media outlets everywhere should have posted the recent post-massacre cover of the magazine en masse as a show of solidarity:



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Watch Everyone in This Church Raise Their Hand in Agreement That 9/11 Was an Inside Job

Every now and then, an Atheist Voice video will get uploaded and I’ll notice a spelling mistake in the title or a glitch in the video. And then I freak out and get it changed ASAP because I don’t want people thinking I’m so careless or ignorant.

Meanwhile, Pastor Steven Anderson posts video clips of his sermons online that are entirely careless and ignorant and he revels in it.

Like this 18-second video in which he asks members of his congregation to raise their hands if they agree that 9/11 was an inside job:



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