Why Getting Rid of Church/State Separation Could Be Great for Atheists

Ryan T. Cragun, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, has written before about how atheists are better at dying than the religious. He also attempted to calculate how much money religious tax exemptions cost us (His estimate: $71,000,000,000/year).

His latest book offers a guide to how we can finally defeat faith — or the power it has, anyway.

It’s called How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps: A Toolkit for Secular Activists (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Cragun explains why we must stop subsidizing religion and instead deregulate it:

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The Regnerus Gay Parenting Study Is Even More Flawed Than We Thought

As they gear up for legal battles nationwide, anti-LGBT activists’ weapon of choice is the infamous “Regnerus study,” a report by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus that claimed to “prove” same-sex parenting is inherently harmful to children. The study has been thoroughly debunked as methodologically and ethically flawed, and experts far and wide — including Regnerus’ own university — have said they want no affiliation with it.

We thought we’d seen it all, but nope — two sociologists are taking another crack at determining the study’s scientific validity (or lack thereof), and what they’re finding is even more absurd than the fallacies we were already aware of.

Indiana University’s Brian Powell and the University of Connecticut’s Simon Cheng actually redid the study for Social Science Research, the same journal that published the original article. Not surprisingly, when they used proper methodology and eliminated “suspect data” — see below for a laughable example — they found that kids fare just as well when raised by a same-sex couple as by a mom and dad.

From Right Wing Watch:

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Landmark Study Shows Remarkable Growth of Non-Religious Americans

The last time the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a comprehensive study of the religious demographics in the United States was 2007. We know a lot has changed since then. Atheists becoming more vocal, another batch of young people being raised with the Internet (where religious doubts thrive), and the acceptance of LGBT Americans (with the corresponding anti-gay religious bigotry) have all led people away from faith.

Today, the 2014 Religious Landscape Study was released, based on interviews with more than 35,000 people, and it brings with it a lot of wonderful data showing how quickly people are shedding their faith.

Here are the highlights:

The percentage of Americans with no religious affiliation is higher than ever before, at 22.8%, up from 16.1% in 2007:



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Once Again, an Atheist Blogger Has Been Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

For the third time since the beginning of the year, an atheist writer has been killed in Bangladesh.

Following Dr. Avijit Roy in February and Washiqur Rahman in March, a group of anonymous attackers killed blogger Ananta Bijoy Das yesterday (or late last night, U.S. time) as he walked to work:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 54: Jennifer Michael Hecht, Author of Doubt: A History

Our latest podcast guest is Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Doubt: A History.

Her latest book is called Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It.

At the American Atheists 2015 convention in Memphis, Tennessee, Jessica spoke with Jennifer about how thoughts of suicide differ between atheists and religious people, how more people in history have been atheists than believers, and whether it’s possible to discern what certain historical figures thought about God.

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