Tag Archives: atheism

54% Of Americans: You Don’t Need God To Be Moral

The Christian Post reports: A majority of Americans do not believe they need God to be moral or have good values, but most with politically conservative leanings still do, according to a global survey by the Pew Research Center. The nonpartisan polling firm recently published a survey that measures the connection between people’s beliefs about God and morality. The survey, …

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TX Gov Loses Appeal To Stop Atheist Holiday Display

The Freedom From Religion Foundation reports: The Freedom From Religion Foundation has won its case at the appeals court level against censorship of its display in the Texas Capitol by Gov. Greg Abbott. The unanimous opinion by the three-judge court panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today granted FFRF additional relief. The judgment, written by Judge Stephen …

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Atheist Wins $150K In Legal Fees Over “IM GOD” Plate

The Christian Post reports: A federal judge ruled last week that the state of Kentucky violated the First Amendment by denying an atheist a license plate saying “IM GOD,” and has ordered the state to pay more than $150,000 in legal fees to the attorneys who represented the lawsuit. Freedom From Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union-Kentucky attorneys represented …

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Only 64% Of Americans “Convinced” That God Exists

The Christian Post reports: While nearly 80 percent of Americans were “convinced” just over a decade ago that God exists, only 64 percent of Americans today are so strongly persuaded in their belief in God, a new analysis from Gallup says. Citing responses the question of belief in God asked in three different ways in recent years, Gallup found that …

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NFL Kicker Misses Game-Winning Field Goal After Telling Atheists To Believe In God Due To His Kicking [VIDEO]

Hemant Mehta reports at the Friendly Atheist: About a month ago, Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Piñeiro made a game-winning field goal. He reacted with a tweet telling atheists they should start believing in God. He was even more specific during a post-game interview in which he said, “If you don’t believe in Jesus Christ, you better start, because he’s real. …

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STUDY: Number Of Religious “Nones” Growing Fast

Just in from Pew Research: The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting …

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Franklin Graham: Atheist Ron Reagan Will Burn In Hell

“I was saddened to see the news that President Ronald Reagan’s son, Ron, Jr., is a self-proclaimed atheist, and proud of it. His father was certainly quite different. President Reagan had a deep faith in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. “Ron, Jr., was in a television advertisement to raise money for the Freedom From Religion Foundation that aired …

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STUDY: Atheists Would Pay To Stop Prayers For Them

The Guardian reports: The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on 436 residents of North Carolina, the state most affected by Hurricane Florence last year. The participants were given $5 “in support of their hardship” and asked how much, if any, they were willing to exchange to receive thoughts and prayers from strangers, …

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Evangelical Polling Outfit Ranks “Post-Christian” Cities

The Christian Post reports: The Northeastern part of the United States, once known as a bulwark of Puritans and other strict Christian sects, now dominates the top 10 list of the most “post-Christian” cities, according to a report by the Barna Group. To fit Barna’s label of “post-Christian,” a respondent had to meet at least 13 of 16 listed criteria, …

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Survey: 41% Of Gays Are Atheist, Agnostic, Or “Nones”

From a new report by Pew Research: Gay, lesbian and bisexual adults are substantially less likely than straight adults to affiliate with a religious group. Four-in-ten (41%) identify as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” compared with just 22% of straight adults who say the same. The survey asked respondents whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight but …

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Feds Recognize Satanic Temple As Tax-Exempt Church

Religion News Service reports: The Almighty may not think the Satanic Temple is a church. But the taxman has given it the thumbs-up. The Satanic Temple, which is featured in a documentary called “Hail Satan?,” announced this week that the IRS now recognizes it as a church. That recognition means the group can now get the same benefits as religious …

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Court Rules US House Can Ban Secular Invocations

Roll Call reports: The House chaplain scored a legal victory on Good Friday, when a federal appeals court ruled he could not be ordered to allow a self-described atheist to offer a secular prayer to the House of Representatives. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, in his official capacity as the …

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SURVEY: As Many “Nones” As Catholics Or Evangelicals

Religion News Service reports: According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming “no religion” — sometimes referred to as “nones” because of how they answer the question “what is your religious tradition?” — now represent about 23.1 percent of the population, up from 21.6 percent in 2016. People claiming …

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Hail Satan? The Satanic Temple Documentary [VIDEO]

From the trailer’s description: Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge …

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Court Upholds “So Help Me God” In Citizenship Oath

Courthouse News reports: A French atheist living in Massachusetts lost her court battle Friday to strike the phrase “so help me God” from the U.S. citizenship oath. Granting the government summary judgment, U.S. District Judge William Young found that nothing about how the oath is administered, or how it burdens challenger Olga Paul Perrier-Bilbo, amounts to a constitutional violation. Though …

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Bill Donohue Mocks House FreeThought Caucus Because There’s No Such Thing As Separation Of Church/State

Just in from Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue: A congressional club for atheists? Yes, one was founded this week, but it did not get off to a roaring start: Of the 535 members of Congress, we can count on one hand how many members there are: four. There are probably more left-handed vegans on Capitol Hill than that. So who …

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Pastor John Hagee: Atheists Killed Jesus [VIDEO]

Pastor John Hagee, who is perhaps most infamous for declaring that God sent Hurricane Katrina to punish America for homosexuality and for claiming that God sent Hitler to enable the creation of Israel, turned a few heads today with a fresh take the alleged crucifixion of Jesus. “Up the bloody slopes of Calvary, Jesus Christ went where atheistic hands nailed …

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REPORT: Egypt Set To Criminalize Atheism

The Independent reports: The Committee on Religion in the Egyptian Parliament has disclosed plans to pass into law a bill that makes atheism a criminal offence in the North African nation. Current Egyptian law says atheists can be prosecuted for expressing their disbelief in public but the committee’s proposal would go further and criminalise disbelief itself. It would be recalled …

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Atheist Billboards: Just Skip Church, It’s All Fake News

NBC News reports: To the faithful, it’s a road sign on the highway to hell. The American Atheists group has continued an annual tradition by putting up billboards in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, that state “Just Skip Church… It’s All Fake News” alongside an image of the Christian nativity scene. An attempt to put up two of …

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POLL: Majority Say You Don’t Need God To Be Moral

From a poll just published by Pew Research: Most U.S. adults now say it is not necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values (56%), up from about half (49%) who expressed this view in 2011. This increase reflects the continued growth in the share of the population that has no religious affiliation, but it also …

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