Monday, May 30, 2016

Nonreligious Americans March to Capitol Hill Ahead of Historic Rally

Washington, DC - On June 2-3, more than three hundred nonreligious Americans will march to Capitol Hill. Hosted by the Secular Coalition for America, nontheist Americans from across the country will meet with members of Congress as part of the Reason Rally Advocacy Days.

Participants will lobby their representatives in support of the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA), which would eliminate all federal funding for abstinence only education and reallocate the money to support evidence-based sex education. The Advocacy Days precede the Reason Rally on June 4th, when tens of thousands of nontheists will assemble on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to voice their support for science-based public policy and the separation of church and state.


Proud Godlessness Grips Our Transportation System

The organization has a new advertising campaign on Metro trains, Bikeshare bikes, PTRC commuter buses, and garages that say "I'm an Atheist and I Vote" before the forthcoming Reason Rally at the Lincoln Memorial on June 4 and the D.C. Democratic Primary on June 14. The ads will run through June 6. 


Women Are Leaving Church, And the Reason Seems Clear

Why have women stopped going to church? It isn’t because they're too busy or too well educated. Maybe they stopped going when conservative politics took over the pulpit.


University of Miami Establishes Chair for Study of Atheism

With an increasing number of Americans leaving religion behind, the University of Miami received a donation in late April from a wealthy atheist to endow what it says is the nation's first academic chair "for the study of atheism, humanism and secular ethics."


State-Mandated Mourning for Aborted Fetuses

A new Indiana law is part of a wave of legislation that requires burial or cremation following abortions. What's behind it?


Catholic church audit shows spike in sex abuse reports

The audit, released on Friday, showed that 838 people came forward from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, to say they had been sexually abused by priests, deacons or members of religions orders while they were children, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said.


Republican Prayed Gays Are 'Worthy of Death' Before Vote on Bill With LGBT Protections Amendment

GOP Congressman Led Weekly Meeting Quoting Anti-Gay Bible Passages – No Apologies From Any Republican.


In Oregon, Three Non-Religious Candidates Won Their Primaries for the State House

The candidates received endorsements from the Freethought Equality Fund last month after coming out publicly as non-religious.


Ohio school district has "teach the controversy" evolution lesson plan

Teaching document is a mix of standard material and creationist claims.


Despite What the Media Says, Going to Church Doesn't Necessarily Lead to a Longer Life

Saying that the answer to longer life is church attendance falls far outside the scope of this study's findings, and it's not an honest summary of the data it presents.


People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales – study

Proportion of population who identify as having no religion rose from 25% in 2011 to 48.5% in 2014, surveys show.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Religion Declining, Secularism Surging

An ongoing spate of recent studies - looking at various countries around the world - all show the same thing: religion is in decline. From Scandinavia to South America, and from Vancouver to Seoul, the world is experiencing an unprecedented wave of secularization. Indeed, as a recent National Geographic report confirms, the world's newest religion is: No Religion. 


Major atheist rally scheduled in D.C.

Thousands of atheists and their allies are expected to converge on Washington, D.C., next month for a "Reason Rally." The first Reason Rally, held in D.C. in 2012, attracted about 20,000 people in the rain, according to organizers.


Study Calls On Obama to Withdraw Legal Memo That Allows Faith-based Charities to Discriminate

The paper published by Columbia University is signed by a coalition of 15 prominent legal scholars across the country.


The Other Shoe Drops: North Carolina and Mississippi Both Face Federal Lawsuits for Anti-LGBT Laws

"No matter how isolated, how afraid, and no matter how alone you may feel today, note this -- the Department of Justice and indeed the entire Obama Administration want you to know: we see you, we stand with you, and we will do everything we can to support you going forward."


Tom DeLay: People keep forgetting that God 'wrote the Constitution'

"I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government," DeLay explained. "When we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it's based on biblical principles."


Sunday, May 08, 2016

Recent News Highlights

Americans Growing-Up Without Religion Tend To Be Less Authoritarian And More Compassionate

Here's What Being Good Without God Actually Means

Hacked to death for unbelief: The rise of atheist persecution
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A map of countries where you can be killed for being an atheist

Promoting abstinence, fidelity for HIV prevention is ineffective

As the Religious Right Forces the Gospel Into Public Schools, Some Parents Are Opting to Homeschool

Arkansas school planning to bus students to a local church during school hours for National Day of Prayer

Salvation Army Cancels Conference Promoting Child Marriage

North Carolina says it will defy Justice Department over LGBT law: 'We're not going to get bullied'
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US Justice Department: HB2 violates federal Civil Rights Act

Anti-LGBT Activists 'Testing' Target By Sending Men Into Women's Rooms
Bible-Bearing Anti-LGBT 'Christians' are Entering Target Stores and Terrorizing Customers

Congressional Republicans Attach North Carolina-Style Discrimination To Defense Budget

Ex-priest gets 20-40 years in prison for sexual assault

Judicial Tyrant Roy Moore Is Suspended For His Obstruction of Alabama Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Here Are Aerial Images of Ken Ham's Ark Under Construction. Notice Anything Un-Biblical?

0.0% of Icelanders 25 years or younger believe God created the world, new poll reveals

Sean Carroll on the universe, naturalism and finding meaning without God

What Neuroscience Says about Free Will