Gallup: Americans’ confidence in organized religion has hit a record low (42%).

Gallup has produced some good news: religion continues its steep and unprecedented decline in America: Americans’ confidence in the church and organized religion has fallen dramatically over the past four decades, hitting an all-time low this year of 42%. Confidence in religion began faltering in the 1980s, while the sharpest decline occurred between 2001 and [Read More...]

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Dear JT: how to break it to family I love that they may be disrespecting me as an atheist?

I recently got this email from Lara Croft (name changed to protect anonymity): Several people in my extended family are pretty religious. While we have a ton in common, we understand that we have differing opinions on what to believe in, and have had pretty solid conversations about Atheism and Christianity. We love and respect [Read More...]

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Atheist Alliance of America offering a college scholarship!

Want an extra $500 for college?  The Atheist Alliance of America wants to hook you up: Atheist Alliance of America and Secular Nation magazine are proud to announce the First Annual AAACE Scholarship for atheist students accepted to or currently enrolled in college, including graduate programs. You do not have to be a current member [Read More...]

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Seth McFarlane needles Duck Dynasty while receiving Critics’ Choice Award.

McFarlane is happy about the award, but puts things in perspective: he’s getting it from the network that airs Duck Dynasty. [Read more...]

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Remembering the soldiers that get sneered at by the “respect the troops” crowd.

In Lake Hypatia, Alabama the FFRF has erected a monument to the freethinking soldiers.  You know, the ones who are reviled and whose existence is questioned by the people who scream “respect the troops” the loudest. Here’s to you atheist soldiers: Tim, Jeremiah, Sarah, and many others.  We love you, just as you are – [Read More...]

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Annie’s Mailbox has some good advice for a religious grandparent.

This made my entire family smile.  Click the image to make it bigger: Annie’s Mailbox is a nationally syndicated column written by Marcy Sugar and Kathy Mitchell. [Read more...]

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Introducing an online community for atheist gamers.

I’ve decided to put some effort into making an online space for atheist gamers. It seems there are tons of atheist gamers of all stripes – pc gamers, console gamers, table toppers, LARPers – but nowhere they can all really hang out. I want to fix that. I’ve got a great team of admins, including [Read More...]

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Rather than lose a lawsuit a County in Minnesota now allows secular celebrants to perform civil marriages.

Washington County in Minnesota previously would not allow secular celebrants to perform civil (read: not religious) marriages.  They sued for the right and a federal judge just threw out their case: Minnesota atheists scored a victory for equal treatment even though a federal judge tossed out their lawsuit against Washington County on Wednesday. U.S. District [Read More...]

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PEW: There are now more religiously unaffiliated in the United States than Catholics.

It’s clear that we’re winning.  Christians will counter “But you haven’t won!”  No, we haven’t.  Christians overall are still the majority, but when “atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular” has become more popular than “Catholic,” it’s a good sign, and the trend doesn’t show any signs of slowing down: The Christian share of the U.S. [Read More...]

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Pew: Christians leaving the faith in droves, atheists gaining about as fast as they’re losing.

I saw this story in Yahoo finance a few days ago and realize now I never blogged it, but it’s good stuff.  Just reinforcing the idea that Christians are losing ground (gaining new converts at a slower rate than the population expands) and atheists are gaining it…fast: An extensive study done by the Pew Research [Read More...]

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