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LGBTQ singer-songwriter ‘GameStops’ Christian music with No. 1 Christian album on iTunes

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 10, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Preacher’s Kid’ carries a parental advisory for explicit lyrics and at turns lacerates youth group lock-ins and short-term mission trips — staples of an evangelical Christian upbringing — while professing a complicated faith.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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