New Survey Suggests Americans with No Religious Affiliation May Soon Outnumber Any Single Religious Group

The General Social Survey is one of the most comprehensive data sets out there when it comes to the religious beliefs of Americans, and the 2014 results were just released last week.

You’ll be happy to know that the trend away from organized religion is still on the upswing:



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Pastor Creflo Dollar Wants $65 Million from His Followers So He Can Buy a Plane

Pastor Creflo Dollar (his real name) has a net worth of $27 million. He owns a million-dollar home in Atlanta and a 2.5-million-dollar apartment in Manhattan. He drives a Rolls-Royce and travels via a private jet.

But it’s not enough. His latest get-rich-quick scheme is to ask donors for enough money to purchase a $65 million plane. (For Jesus.)



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New $50,000 Journalism Prize Will Be Named After Christopher Hitchens

A new journalism prize worth $50,000 will go to:

… an author or journalist whose work reflects a commitment to free expression and inquiry,‭ ‬a range and depth of intellect,‭ ‬and a willingness to pursue the truth without regard to personal or professional consequence.

Fittingly, it will be named after Christopher Hitchens, who never shied away from controversial topics and who didn’t give a damn what you thought about it.



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Oklahoma Rep’s Amendment: If You Plan To Discriminate Against Gays, You Must Post a Sign Saying So

Lawmakers in why-is-this-still-happening Oklahoma are still pondering a Religious Freedom Act, which would make it legal for businesses to refuse service to certain people, say, LGBT people or people of a different race, if serving them would violate their religious beliefs.

Oklahoma Democratic State Rep. Emily Virgin (below) has a perfect solution to one-up this gross proposal: Businesses who plan to “exercise their religious freedom” by discriminating against certain groups of people must post a public notice of their intention to do so.

Here’s Virgin’s amendment to HB 1371:

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Evangelist Kent Hovind Found Guilty on Contempt of Court Charge

This morning,

… the jury in the trial of Pensacola evangelist Kent Hovind returned their verdict convicting Hovind on one of four counts he was facing, and his co-defendant Paul John Hansen on two of five.

Hovind was found guilty of contempt for filing paperwork disputing the government’s right to sell his property.



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