Abstinence-Only Education Fails Again

The Fark headline for this story reads: “Oh God, Oh God, Oh God” A new study published in the journal Reproductive Health shows that there is a correlation between a state’s religiosity and the teenage birth rate. Except Utah. It’s the exception. (Nicely done, Mormons.) (And “new” study? Haven’t we heard this one before? Next [Read More...]

Atheist Demographic Growth Stable

Here at the Secular Coalition for America one of our primary goals is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheists.  Getting Rep. Pete Stark to become the first openly nontheistic member of congress was a big step for our visibility.  But while that was part of a top-down approach, the bottom-up strategy is [Read More...]

How Many Atheists are in England’s Prisons?

The only study I’ve ever seen of atheists in jail is from 1997 and it shows that we make up only 0.2% of the U.S. prison population. Some more recent statistics about prisoners were just released in England. Religion Population No religion 26,626 Church of England 23,039 Roman Catholic 14,296 Muslim 9,795 Buddhist 1,737 Sikh [Read More...]

A Survey of the Non-Religious

Luke Galen, an associate professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, recently conducted a survey in conjunction with the Center for Inquiry of non-religious people specifically. That hasn’t happened in much depth before. You can check out the methodology and results here (PDF). The biggest flaw, as far as I can tell, is that [Read More...]

Which College Majors Make You Less Religious?

A new study from the University of Michigan tells us some somewhat surprising news about college majors and their effect on religiosity. Majoring in which subjects would decrease your religiosity? (That is, make you less likely to go to church and less likely to view religion as a good thing) According to the study: the [Read More...]