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In India, Hindu nationalists embolden challenges to atheism

By Varsha Torgalkar — May 17, 2022
PUNE, India (RNS) — Organizations that support and promote atheism in India are being attacked by Hindutva activists. 
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National Day of Prayer observances to feature in-person worship, online petitions

By Adelle M. Banks — May 4, 2022
(RNS) — Proclaimed by Congress in 1952, the prayer day has been observed since 1988 on the first Thursday in May, with a more diverse array of participants in recent years.

Roe v. Wade: Faith leaders react to leaked SCOTUS opinion

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — Religious views of abortion are not as monolithic as many may believe.

Atheists, spurred by growing ranks, gather for first time since start of pandemic

By Heather Greene — April 20, 2022
ATLANTA (RNS) — Despite frustrations with the current political climate, there was an overall sense of hope buoyed by the growing number of young people identifying as nonbelievers.

An awakening is coming to American religion. You won’t hear about it from the pulpit.

By Joshua Stanton and Benjamin Spratt — April 12, 2022
(RNS) — The future of American religion resides with innovative lay leaders who focus on empowerment, rather than power.

American Atheists to take a quieter approach to culture wars at Atlanta meeting

By Yonat Shimron — April 8, 2022
(RNS) — Community-building is the conference's theme for this year's first in-person convention since 2019.

Religious diversity: Corporate obstacle? Or asset?

By Kathryn Post — April 1, 2022
(RNS) — Some US companies are embracing religious diversity as good for people and for business.

Study: Women of no faith face discrimination — when they are seen at all

By Alejandra Molina — March 22, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Nonreligious Women in America’ details the extent to which women conceal their nonreligious identities, as well as the isolation, stigma and discrimination they face.

Study: Christians, Jews and Muslims encounter workplace discrimination differently

By Alejandra Molina — March 16, 2022
(RNS) — Rachel Schneider, one of the report’s authors, said workers often experienced religious discrimination in the form of microaggressions — such as stereotyping and othering.

Graduate Theological Union’s GTUx is launched to spiritually equip ‘nones,’ activists

By Kathryn Post — March 11, 2022
(RNS) — Their new online learning hub for interreligious activism aims to reach new audiences. 

Study: Atheists who are women, Republicans or Southerners more likely to hide beliefs

By Alejandra Molina — March 10, 2022
(RNS) — In groups that statistically have the fewest number of atheists, the atheists among them are less vocal.

Evangelicalism isn’t dying, and Catholics are going Republican

By Jana Riess — March 8, 2022
(RNS) — Sociologist Ryan Burge does some myth-busting about American religion, tackling the narratives that evangelical Christians are in a serious decline, that only lapsed Christians voted for Trump and that people who leave religion also no longer believe in God. All are untrue, he says.

In LA, ‘Atheist Pirates’ remove religious signs from public streets and overpasses

By Alejandra Molina — March 3, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘The only way we can have streets that are welcoming to all is if all religions can equally go through them and be on them without feeling like they are less than.’
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