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2021 might be unpredictable, but don’t ditch your datebook. Planning can be a spiritual exercise

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 15, 2021

(RNS) —  The beginning of another pandemic year largely locked down at home, the future still uncertain, may be the perfect time to flip the page in a new planner.

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Citing rise of ‘Christian nationalism,’ Secular Democrats unveil sweeping recommendations for Biden

By Jack Jenkins — November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Authors suggested Biden use ‘E Pluribus Unum’ — Latin for ‘out of many, one’ — instead of ‘In God We Trust’ and repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

RNS holiday gift guide 2020: Puzzles, prayer cards and more gifts for staying in

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — Religion News Service is bringing back our holiday gift guide, full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.

In a less religious country, Biden gained ground with religious voters

By Mark Silk — November 11, 2020

(RNS) — Faith outreach on the Democratic side cranked up a notch, closing the God gap just enough.

Amy Coney Barrett’s religion isn’t the problem. It’s her record.

By Sabrina E. Dent — October 21, 2020

(RNS) — Defending the Supreme Court nominee’s right to believe what she wishes obscures the question of her fairness and her qualifications, and assigns Barrett’s faith a legal deference it does not deserve.

Why is it so hard for atheists to get voted in to Congress?

By Phil Zuckerman — October 6, 2020

(The Conversation) — Americans are more willing to elect a president who has never held office or who had extramarital affairs than for an atheist.

Did RBG beat Trump in cosmic court?

By Tara Isabella Burton — October 4, 2020

(RNS) — As social justice takes on the character of a religion proper, it requires demigods like Ginsburg. It’s a valorization that threatens to rob her, and us, of her humanity.

Alabama officials sued over voter registration form requiring ‘so help me God’ vow

By Jack Jenkins — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — A secular advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three plaintiffs, arguing that the state’s requirement violates their constitutional rights.

‘Humanists for Biden-Harris’ to mobilize nonreligious vote

By Jack Jenkins — September 28, 2020

(RNS) — The group hopes to reach atheists, agnostics and other religiously unaffiliated voters who make up the largest belief group in the Democratic Party.

Report: People who are highly spiritual tend to be more civic-minded

By Yonat Shimron — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — The Fetzer Institute-sponsored study also found that the more spiritual people said they were, the more inclined they appeared to be to volunteer and donate. But only 36% said their spirituality influences their political actions.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib joins Congressional Freethought Caucus

By Aysha Khan — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women in Congress, has joined the Congressional Freethought Caucus.

The K-pop election

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 30, 2020

(RNS) — On the eve of the 2020 elections, Gen Z-ers are on the verge of using their digital tools to counteract the political establishment.

How Americans’ ‘tell it like it is’ attitude renders us vulnerable to conspiracy theories

By Tara Isabella Burton — May 19, 2020

(RNS) — Americans, distrustful of institutions that would prescribe knowledge for us, have been especially prone to believe what they see online.

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