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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.

Report: Nonreligious LGBTQ people face heightened stigma, conceal their beliefs

By Alejandra Molina — August 17, 2022
(RNS) — A new report details the extent to which nonreligious LGBTQ people experience both religious oppression and anti-LGBTQ sentiment.

Interfaith summit dreams of America as a potluck, not a battlefield

By Bob Smietana — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — Hundreds of interfaith campus leaders gathered in Chicago to reimagine America as a potluck, where everyone is welcome — rather than a melting pot.

In his debut country album, Rhett McLaughlin breaks up — with God

By Riley Farrell — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — The ‘Good Mythical Morning’ comedian goes on a spiritual deconstruction journey in his album, ‘James and the Shame.’

Paul Raushenbush: ‘Christian nationalism is a threat to the American way of life’

By Yonat Shimron — July 22, 2022
(RNS) — The new leader of the Interfaith Alliance wants to fight for an America that is welcoming and inclusive of all faiths and no faith.

Religious freedom doesn’t end with Supreme Court protection of Christians

By Allison K. Ralph — July 6, 2022
(RNS) — News outlets have labeled the current court ‘pro-religion.’ It’s more complicated than that.

In Lebanon, how to say ‘I do’ sparks fierce debate

By Associated Press — June 27, 2022
BEIRUT (AP) — In Lebanon, an on-again, off-again debate over whether such civil marriages may be held inside the country, and for whom, is contentious and mired in religious and political entanglements.

Poll: Americans’ belief in God is dropping

By Yonat Shimron — June 21, 2022
(RNS) — In the latest Gallup Poll, belief in God dipped to 81%, down 6 percentage points from 2017, and the lowest since Gallup first asked the question in 1944.

Humanist chaplains guide nonreligious students on quest for meaning

By Kathryn Post — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The nonreligious have as much of, or more of, a need for meaning, purpose and community as anybody else.’

New book ‘Interpreting Religion’ dares to ask ‘how’

By Kathryn Post — June 13, 2022
(RNS) — How do religious people make meaning? And how are those meanings transmitted, contested and remade?
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