Atheists Gets ‘Stoned’ for Charity

On Wednesday, the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison held a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that involved taking the Bible literally and stoning some heathens:

Attendees may purchase water balloons to playfully “stone” atheist students and FFRF staffers.

Here are members of the AHA along with FFRF attorney Andrew “Jesus” Seidel:

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‘One Nation Under God’ Banner Taken Down from New Jersey City Train Trestle

Madison High School in New Jersey has an active fan club known as “Dodger Nation.” It’s not affiliated with the school, but they do things like running tailgates and hanging banners supporting the school’s teams.

Recently, they began selling lawn signs and window stickers with the words “One Nation Under God” underneath the logo:

None of that was an issue until city officials in Madison allowed them to hang a banner with the logo and phrase on an overpass:

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According to New Report, Hispanic Adults Are Losing Their Faith As They Get Older

Coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Public Religion Research Institute just released a report called the “2013 Hispanic Values Survey.”

The big highlight for us is this one:

Compared with their religious affiliation as children, the percent of religiously “Unaffiliated” Hispanic adults more than doubles over time (from 5% to 12%) — that is to say, many Hispanics are losing their faith as they get older:

The percentage of Hispanic evangelical Christians changes by roughly the same amount, but it seems fair to say our side is gobbling up some of those young Hispanic Catholics.

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Study Shows That Young ‘Nones’ Are Not Just Spiritual Seekers

According to a new report by researchers Barry A. Kosmin & Ariela Keysar, nearly 30% of college students are “Secular” (as opposed to “Religious” or “Spiritual”).

The report is part of the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) series from Trinity College and was produced in conjunction with the Center for Inquiry.

So what did we learn?

The biggest finding may be that, among the students who identified as “Secular,” more than 80% didn’t identify with any religion. Neither did more than 40% of the “Spiritual” crowd.

We know that “Nones” are on the rise but the common wisdom has been that a lot of those young people aren’t really atheists. They’re more like “spiritual-but-not-religious.” Not so, says this study:

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The Kansas Board of Education (Seriously) Just Got Sued for Promoting the Teaching of Evolution in Science Classes

Somehow, the Kansas State Board of Education is being sued for — I can’t believe this — promoting atheism by way of evolution. You can’t even say “Kansas” and “Science” in the same sentence without including a chuckle, but this is really happening.

The group Citizens for Objective Public Education, Inc. (COPE) has filed the lawsuit because they believe the new science standards adopted by the Board of Education, which include the teaching of evolution, are endorsing an atheistic worldview:

The Complaint alleges that the Kansas Board’s adoption on June 11, 2013, of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (the F&S) “will have the effect of causing Kansas public schools to establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview” in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Riiiiight. Because if you’re not teaching Creationism or Intelligent Design, you must be pushing anti-Christian ideas… To be fair, the truth of evolution only allows for God’s fingerprints if you twist your theology, but the state standards are by no means pushing atheism. If you come to that conclusion because of what you learn in science class, you did it on your own.

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