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Women are more likely to identify with a religion than men. (Stock / Getty Images)

Faith in numbers: Behind the gender difference of nonreligious Americans

By Ryan Burge — February 17, 2021

(The Conversation) — Men are in general more likely than women to describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or nothing in particular.

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Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. Photo courtesy AHA

American Humanist leader Roy Speckhardt stepping down to make room for diverse leaders

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 5, 2021

(RNS) — Speckhardt told Religion News Service his decision was prompted by a lot of ‘humanistic soul searching, especially during the pandemic.’

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, listens as President Joe Biden delivers remarks to State Department staff, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Secular groups praise Biden’s agenda but express concerns about religious rhetoric

By Jack Jenkins — February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘I worry that this administration’s idea of interfaith outreach may tend to exclude nonbelievers,’ said Sarah Levin, program director for Secular Democrats of America.

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RNS Valentine’s Day gift guide 2021: Sweet and silly ideas for February’s semireligious gift-giving occasions

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 26, 2021

(RNS) — Here are some silly, sweet and sincere gift ideas to show your affection for the people of faith — or no faith — in your life.

“The Ritual Life Planner” created by Casper ter Kuile. Photo by Julieanne Marie Photography

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.

Coffins are lined up on the floor in the San Giuseppe church in Seriate, one of the areas worst hit by coronavirus, near Bergamo, Italy, waiting to be taken to a crematory, on March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Faith leaders and religion influencers who died in 2020

By Adelle M. Banks — December 29, 2020

(RNS) — Losses in the religion world included people known for their contributions to preaching, civil rights or music.

More than half of young people who are affiliated with a particular religion don’t trust religious institutions. Springtide Research Institute, 2020

Gen Z is lukewarm about religion, but open to relationships, study shows

By Jana Riess — December 21, 2020

(RNS) — Religious affiliation among Gen Z Americans continues its steady decline, but affiliation isn’t everything.

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris arrive to speak at a news conference at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, on Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a community event at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sept. 3, 2020. The future handling of the coronavirus pandemic is near the top of the agenda for the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 12, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

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.

Above it, only skies? In it, only believers? Imagine that! (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP via Getty Images)

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.

The flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Ginsburg died at the age of 87 on Sept. 18 and is both the first Jewish American and the first woman to lie in state at the Capitol. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

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.

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