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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.

In lockdown, our longing for the world could be the antidote to our spiritual anorexia

By Tara Isabella Burton — May 12, 2020
(RNS) — I’ve started cycling again. It’s exercise not as expensive commodity but an embrace of what it means to be in the world.

National Day of Prayer, reshaped by pandemic, includes interfaith and online events

By Adelle M. Banks — May 6, 2020
(RNS) — In its 69th year, the observance — often predominated by evangelical Christians gathering in public places — will feature interfaith and even international voices on computer screens and cellphones.

New report finds nonreligious people face stigma and discrimination

By Alejandra Molina — May 4, 2020
(RNS) — A new study finds that nonreligious people face discrimination and stigma, conceal their nonreligious identities and largely see themselves as atheists and humanists.

Is the rise of the nones slowing? Scholars say maybe

By Yonat Shimron — February 11, 2020
(RNS) — Three political scientists say Generation Z, broadly defined as Americans born after 1996, doesn’t look any less religious than the millennial generation that came before.

Atheists prefer cats, Christians love dogs, study shows

By Ryan Burge — January 7, 2020
(RNS) — New questions on the General Social Survey reveal some interesting connections between faith and pets.

How we all became Jedis

By Tara Isabella Burton — December 20, 2019
(RNS) — After nearly 40 years, the Star Wars saga is almost complete, and the decades-long journey of the Jedi is ending. But the spiritual legacy of the Jedi is sure to last much longer.

Dear Democrats: Four religion requests from non-religious Americans

By Hemant Mehta — December 13, 2019
(RNS) — While by no means our only matter of concern, toning down talk of faith in politics would show some respect to what is rapidly becoming the largest ‘religious’ group in the country.
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