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In ‘Stealing My Religion,’ Liz Bucar takes on murky forms of appropriation

By Kathryn Post — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Bucar invites readers to 'interrogate the stance that we are entitled to take religious practices from others for our own needs.'
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Americans who aren’t sure about God are a fast-growing force in politics – and they’re typically even more politically active than white evangelicals

By Ryan Burge — November 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — Winning elections isn’t just a matter of how many players you have. It’s how engaged they are.

Does education ‘cure’ people of faith? The data says no

By Ryan Burge — November 10, 2022
(RNS) — Despite a long-standing biased assumption among many that the uneducated cling to religion, studies show people with higher degrees are most likely to be religious.

Atheist churches and the ‘sacred flower of cannabis’: Americans find spirituality in new places

By Morgan Shipley — November 10, 2022
(The Conversation) — America’s religious landscape is getting more diverse as people find new ways of expressing spirituality.

Ahead of midterms, faith plays central role in Republican efforts to win Latino votes

By Alejandra Molina — October 31, 2022
(RNS) — Pew Research Center data looking at 2022 midterm election preferences of Latinos shows that some of the sharpest differences in candidate choice are by religion.

Most faith groups agree US has gone astray. They don’t agree on the way forward.

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — The research, released shortly before Election Day, sheds light on questions of race, sexuality, abortion and immigration as well as sentiments about the country’s origins.

The midterms will see a number of nonreligious candidates – but why is it so hard for atheists to get voted into Congress?

By Phil Zuckerman — October 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — Despite growing numbers of non-religious Americans, self-declared atheists are few and far between in the halls of power – putting the US at odds with other global democracies.

Nonreligious women of color convene to talk Christian nationalism, reproductive rights

By Alejandra Molina — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — ‘It cannot all be focused on church and state separation. That’s not going to work for people of color, specifically women of color,’ said one organizer of the Women of Color Beyond Belief conference.

As the religiously unaffiliated rise, a new atheist podcast network launches in Los Angeles

By Alejandra Molina — September 19, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A new podcast platform hopes to tap into a rapidly expanding audience of young, secular millennials.

In ad blitz, watchdog group projects political heft of nonreligious Americans

By Alejandra Molina — September 16, 2022
(RNS) —The campaign includes billboards featuring portraits of residents of the swing states of Michigan, Louisiana, Missouri and others, and the legend 'I’m an atheist and I vote' along highways in their respective regions.

Fewer than half of Americans may be Christian by 2070, according to new projections

By Bob Smietana — September 13, 2022
(RNS) — A new report projects Americans' future — a future where Christianity, though diminished, persists, while non-Christian faiths grow amid rising secularization.

‘God-denying’ women and self-replacing Christians: How religion changes birthrates

By Ryan Burge — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — Religion has become a part of the conversation about declining birthrates.

Arkansas senator agrees to unblock atheist constituents on Twitter and Facebook

By Alejandra Molina — August 18, 2022
(RNS) — An atheist advocacy group sued Republican state Sen. Jason Rapert, arguing he violated its members’ freedom of speech by blocking their viewpoints on his official Facebook and Twitter accounts.
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