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Lack Of Belief And Lack Of Compassion – What’s The Connection?

This week, a study of children’s behavior published in the journal Current Biology concludes that children who are raised by religious families are less compassionate than children who are raised in non-religious households. Specifically, children from Christian families were less likely to share with others and were more likely to be judgmental of other children, […]

Pew Forum Survey Shows Unitarian Universalism Wandering Deeper Into Irrelevance

Yesterday, I wrote about one particularly odd finding in the latest survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: In New York State, the survey says that there are less than half as many atheists as people who don’t believe in God.

Today, I want to focus on another finding by the […]

Separation of Church and State? Holy Books in American State Legislatures, 2015

Number of search results for bills before Congress and the state legislatures in 2015 featuring the word “Bible”: 267

Number of search results for bills before Congress and the state legislatures in 2015 featuring the word “Koran”: 2

Number of search results for bills before Congress and the state legislatures in 2015 featuring the word […]

People Who Don’t Believe In God Outnumber Atheists More Than 2 To 1 In New York

Perhaps there are aspects of being “atheist” besides not believing in God that many New Yorkers don’t want to associate themselves with. […]

Church Opens Doors to Refugees: Michele Bachmann Calls it “Tragic Stupidity”

A church in Oberhausen, Germany has decided to open its doors and house refugees within its walls. Members of the church will not only welcome 50 refugees into their space to live while they seek more permanent shelter, but are also setting up bathroom and laundry facilities in the church square.

Some people might call […]

Ritual Baiting By Journalists Follows Arrest In Pensacola Triple Murder

Sheriff Morgan’s claim that the bodies of the murder victims had been arranged together into a ritual pattern is completely unsubstantiated. In fact, the murder victims were found in completely different rooms from one another. […]

Research: Protestant Religious Groups Perpetrate Racial Exclusion

Field experiments are an ingenious variety of study in which people (or the semblance of people) are sent into social situations. These people have been trained to act exactly the same way, and only vary in one aspect. The question of a field experiment is, how do people differ in their treatment of two people […]

Congress Reauthorizes Program That Provides Federal Funds For Schools That Discriminate On The Basis Of Religion

Republicans claim to object to abuse of Big Government power. Nonetheless, all but 8 of them voted in favor of this bill to allow religious groups to run roughshod over students’ First Amendment rights. […]

Iowa Republicans Clarify: Religious Freedom is just for the Christians

Iowa Republicans believe that Christianity is under attack. In a PPP poll last month, 69% of Republican respondents indicated that “President Obama is waging a war on Christianity.” On the other hand, they report a surprising amount of comfort with war on non-Christian religions. Only 49% of the same Republican respondents indicated that Islam should […]

Manufacture Your Own Photographic Evidence Of Nephilim Archeological Digs, In Four Easy Steps

There’s an especially bizarre branch of Creationism that claims knowledge of an ancient conspiracy by “giant demigod nephilim men” to cut humanity off from our religious heritage. Believers of this conspiracy theology claim that once, all humankind knew the truth about divine creation of the Earth by the god of the Christians. But then, gigantic […]

The Part of the First Amendment that Walter Jones Hasn’t Read

Text of H.Res. 399, introduced by Rep. Walter Jones (NC): Text of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: Whereas the United States of America was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, and even today many Americans believe that our strength comes from these principles;

Whereas the creator is explicitly mentioned in the Declaration of […]