New Gallup Poll Finds That the Number of Nonreligious Americans Dropped 1.7% in One Year

If you’ve often wondered how I retain my high level of sanity as well as my lovely complexion, puzzle no more: I live in the third least religious state in the country. Plus, I’d have to drive a day or two to get to an area where a majority of people consider themselves “very religious.” (Admittedly, this cheers me like beer cheers a barfly.)

How do I know? By looking at the latest Gallup numbers, released yesterday.



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Christian Group Warns Prom-Goers Not to Have Sex Because… Chlamydia

My prom night involved being around close friends, sharing nice food, enjoying a night of dancing, and spending the next day together at an amusement park.

The folks at Liberty Counsel, who are promoting abstinence-until-marriage with their “Day of Purity” (on Valentine’s Day), think that Prom must be synonymous with venereal diseases.

I think we went to different proms.

But that would at least explain their promotional ads:



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A Riff on Atheism During a Beatboxing and Live Looping Concert

Darren Foreman, a.k.a. Beardyman, is a beatboxer who uses live looping technology in his shows. At a 2013 concert just uploaded to YouTube, Foreman riffs on atheism (beginning at the 59:24 mark):



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After Pastor Jim Mulholland Left His Faith, Concerned Christians Wondered ‘But What About Your Young Daughter?’

When Jim Mulholland was a still a pastor, long before he drifted towards atheism, he relished the chance to teach young children morality. Now that he’s no longer a believer, but still very much a dad, this is what Christians sometimes ask him: “But what about your daughter, Ella?”

Mulholland has the always-interesting perspective of someone who was on the inside, but whose analytical powers are in fact greater on the outside. He wrote a great article about being a non-believer father:

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How Could This Disney Show Briefly Featuring Lesbian Parents Possibly Upset Anyone?

In a recent episode of the Disney Channel show “Good Luck Charlie,” Charlie’s parents set up a playdate with her friend Taylor… and they soon learn that Taylor has two mothers:



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