New Survey Says Americans Equally Split Between Those Who Think Government Gets in the Way of Religion and Vice Versa

According to the 2014 American Values Survey just released by the Public Religion Research Institute, Americans are equally divided between those who worry about religious groups turning their beliefs into law (e.g. Hobby Lobby) and those who worry that government is interfering with their faith (e.g. Hobby Lobby):

Of course, when you break it down by religious group, that split varies widely. 66% of White Evangelicals see their religious freedom under attack (the Fox News Channel crowd) while only 31% of the religiously Unaffiliated feel the same way (see below):

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Americans Now Think Evangelical Christians Are More Discriminated Against Than Atheists

A new survey out today by the Pew Research Forum shows that more Americans than ever before (72%) think religion is losing its influence on society… and, for some reason, many of them think that’s a bad thing. Don’t get too excited. What that’s saying is that a lot of Americans *wish* religion had more [Read More...]

How Many People in Each State Have No Religious Affiliation? This Tool Lets Us Know

There’s a new toy online for those of us who enjoy looking at the religious demographics of all the states. It’s called the American Values Atlas. Wanna know what percentage of religious Nones live in each state? Boom:

Nicely done, Oregon and New Hampshire.

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New Survey Shows That White Evangelicals Prefer Teaching Children Obedience Over Curiosity, Creativity, and Tolerance

The Pew Research Center has released a study examining how political polarization affects the values we want children to learn. For example, “consistently conservative” people believe teaching children to have religious faith is important — no surprise there:

Just to be clear, that says 59% of “consistently conservative” people find religious faith to be the most important thing you can teach a child, while 81% of them find it important, period.

But I want to draw your attention to another part of the survey: What happens when you break people down by religious beliefs? How do their priorities shift?

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Are Men More Likely to Be Secular Than Women?

This is a guest post written by Phil Zuckerman. Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College. His latest book, Living the Secular Life, will be published this December.

As many of you may be well aware, Sam Harrisrecently quoted comments concerning why most of his fans tend to be male set off some serious criticisms; Greta Christina’s condemnation of Harris was particularly stinging.

The issue of whether or not men tend to be more secular than women is clearly a hot-button issue; people can be easily outraged or offended by related insinuations, declarations, or interpretations when it comes to the proclivities of men and women to be more or less religious or secular. And women within the secular movement (or any movement) have a right to be hyper-vigilant when it comes to sexism, chauvinism, and any other manifestations of patriarchal malfeasance.

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