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The pandemic hurt church attendance, especially among younger Americans

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the years since the pandemic began, church attendance among young people has suffered a major decline, hastening a problem for religious leaders that was already bleak to begin with. That’s the takeaway from a study released late last week from the American Enterprise Institute and the University of Chicago. The researchers found that religious […]

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Over 70% of people live in countries that ‘severely discriminate’ against nonreligious

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the recent and incredibly important annual Freedom of Thought Report, published by Humanists International, research shows that most of the world lives in countries that openly discriminate against the nonreligious. The report looks at every country in the world, looking at laws and policies that are in place and enacted to give a detailed […]

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Yikes: 45% of Americans say the U.S. should be a ‘Christian Nation’

Reading Time: 5 minutes A new survey out today from the Pew Research Center finds that nearly half of all Americans, 45%, believe we ought to live in a “Christian Nation.” They disagree, however, on what that means in practice, and most Americans still believe church and state should remain separate. The phrase “Christian nation” is not meant to […]

Posted inReligious News

Evangelicals who get COVID info at church are ‘less likely to be vaccinated’

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new study from researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University finds that evangelicals who spoke with their pastors rather than health care professionals when it came to COVID were less likely to get vaccinated, adding yet another piece of evidence to what we already suspected: white evangelical leaders who treat vaccines like some kind of liberal conspiracy […]

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Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland. Could this be the end of the United Kingdom?

Reading Time: 5 minutes The writing has been on the wall since Brexit. The United Kingdom, made of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, is now counting its days. A further nail was driven into the coffin today as statistics from the 2021 census were released showing that, for the first time ever, Catholics now outnumber Protestants in Northern […]

Posted inNonreligious News

In 2022, atheists make up only 0.09% of the federal prison population

Reading Time: 4 minutes There are 157,064 people in the U.S. federal prison system, and exactly 134 of them identify as atheists. Those self-described atheists made up a mere 0.09% of the federal prison population. That’s according to a Freedom of Information Act request I filed earlier this year with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I made similar requests […]

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