Nontheist Political Action Committee Launches in Washington

This week marked the launch of the first nontheist political action committee in the United States. On Wednesday, the Center for Humanist Action introduced the Freethought Equality Fund PAC which, according to the organization’s announcement, aims to “provide financial assistance to candidates who support secular government.” Although ostensibly a vehicle to promote nonreligious political candidates, the group will not limit itself solely to endorsing atheists. Current elected officials and candi … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Teen Birth Rates Decline Among Hispanics

A new government report found that teen birth rates have declined substantially among Hispanic Americans over the past five years. A majority of Hispanic Americans agree that birth control should be available to teenagers age 16 and older without parental consent. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Doomsday Prophet’s Radio Network May Fold

It's curtains for the radio network founded by doomsday prophet Harold Camping, who predicted that the end of the world would happen two years ago. Although more than one-third (36%) of Americans believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in what the Bible calls the end times, they appear to be leery of putting a date and time on the apocalypse; last December, only 2% of Americans said the end of the world, as predicted by the ancient Mayans, would happen by … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Should the Unaffiliated Be Called “Nones”?

In a column for the Washington Post, Christian Piatt argues that the religiously unaffiliated shouldn't be described as "nones." As our recent survey shows, only about one-third of religiously unaffiliated Americans identify as atheists or agnostics, and many religiously unaffiliated Americans report that they believe in God. … [Read more...]

On Darwin’s Birthday, Americans and Politicians Divided on Evolution

American attitudes about evolution more than 200 years after Darwin’s birth and more than 150 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species remain complex. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Is Sports Fandom Like Religion?

Is sports fandom like religion? Our new survey finds that Americans say religion is significantly more important to their lives than their fan affiliation, but they are about as likely to watch sports each week as they are to attend religious services. … [Read more...]

E Pluribus, Nullus

Harnessing the religiously unaffiliated, a fast-growing but diverse demographic, may pose a challenge for America’s secular leadership … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Is Atheism a Religion?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta removed the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Disgraced Former Governor Makes Bid for Second Chance at Politics

Disgraced former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford has announced that he will run for his old congressional seat. … [Read more...]

Complicating Our View of the Religiously Unaffiliated

Media portrayals of the religiously unaffiliated – most recently, a series for NPR’s Morning Edition – are helping to illuminate the depth and complexity of the unaffiliated, although the story is somewhat more complicated than some initial analysis suggests. Most importantly, the classification of the unaffiliated as “nones,” as well as perspectives on why more and more Americans are choosing not to affiliate, deserve a second look. … [Read more...]


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