New Study Shows That, on Hot-Button Issues, Most American Catholics Disagree with Catholicism

A new study by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service is called “The Francis Effect? U.S. Catholic Attitudes on Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and American Politics”… but it really should be called “Why the hell are all of you still Catholic?”

It turns out that on some of the most hot-button social issues of our time — like marriage equality and abortion rights — American Catholics are virtually indistinguishable from the general public on their views. That means they’re going against what the Church wants them to believe:



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The Fringe Conspiracy Theory We’re Asked to Respect (A Parable)

You’ve probably heard of the small conspiracy theory group that’s dedicated to spreading the news of an unimaginably elaborate hoax — supposedly the largest conspiracy ever perpetuated on humanity. The group, known as Electricists, claims that electricity is an invention of the government that doesn’t occur in nature and isn’t what “they” tell us.

Electricists at the Republican Convention in tinfoil hats with anti-electricity signs


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Episcopalian Mea Culpa for Role in Slavery Misses the Mark

Much has been said of the Religious Right’s racist past (and present) over the past year or so, but if we’re being fair, racism isn’t a problem exclusively drawn along party lines when it comes to the faithful. While many Christian leaders are quick to point to the role of churches in the Underground Railroad and their advocacy during the Civil Rights Era, they do so in hopes that we won’t pay attention to Christianity’s much longer defense of slavery and segregation.

A few individual churches, at least, are trying to atone for their role in such travesties. Take, for instance, the arguably progressive Episcopalian Diocese of Rhode Island.



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After Arkansas Approves Ten Commandments Monument at Capitol, Atheist Group Applies for Display

Now that the state of Arkansas has said yes to a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds, it’s fair game for non-Christian groups to apply for space as well.

A Hindu group’s statue of Hanuman was recently rejected on a technicality, but they may try again soon. We also know The Satanic Temple plans to apply for a spot for their statue of Baphomet (below).

Now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is stepping into the fray by applying for a permanent display that reads “there are no gods.”

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College Atheist Asks Hillary Clinton About Church/State Separation

If you had a chance to ask Hillary Clinton any question at a political rally, what would you ask? (Okay, okay, we both know you’re not allowed to ask the first 12 questions that come to your mind. But after that.)

Daniel Little attended a town hall meeting for Clinton in Las Vegas last week and decided to get her thoughts on church/state separation.



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