In Swing States, Christians are Fading and Nones are Rising

Maybe if we keep giving politicians reason to pay attention to those of us without religion, some of them (hi, Bernie Sanders!) will take the hint.

Using the Pew Research Center’s 2007 Religious Landscape survey and their own 2014 American Values Atlas, the Public Religion Research Institute took a look at the religious demographic changes in the political swing states.

They found that, down the line, every state is losing Christians and gaining people without religion.



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An Atheist, Two Pastors, and Sean Hannity Discussed Religious Freedom and It Went Exactly As You’d Expect

Last night, American Atheists President Dave Silverman appeared on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News show to talk about religious freedom… alongside two pastors known for their conservative Christian faith.

So you know that was entertaining.



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Edwina Rogers Sues Atheist Lobbying Group, Alleging Defamation and Wrongful Termination

According to a lawsuit obtained by this site, Edwina Rogers (below) is suing the Secular Coalition for America (her former employer).

Last year, Rogers was fired as the lobbying group’s Executive Director for reasons that were never fully explained to the public. The New York TimesLaurie Goodstein and Mark Oppenheimer first broke that story.

The lawsuit alleges that SCA leaders wrongfully terminated Rogers and then made defamatory statements about her to the press. They were motivated, the document says, by “petty jealousies and naked ambition.”

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Fox News Spent Less Than Two Minutes Discussing the Josh Duggar Child Molestation Scandal

I’m sure this is just a coincidence:



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Nebraska Just Repealed the Death Penalty Thanks to Its Atheist State Senator

You may have heard that Nebraska’s legislature just voted to repeal the death penalty. Governor Pete Ricketts threatened to keep it in place, but 30 senators (of the 49 total) were needed to override the veto.

They got exactly 30 votes.

As the Omaha World-Herald says, this represents a “crowning achievement” for State Senator Ernie Chambers (below). He’s the one who introduced the bill in January — something he did unsuccessfully 37 times before.

I feel it’s worth pointing out — since it’s not something we get to do very often with political stories of this magnitude — that Chambers is an atheist. In fact, he’s the highest-ranking elected official in the country who openly admits he doesn’t believe in God.

It’s his focus away from God and toward evidence that led him to fight this battle:

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