(RNS) Most people assume that because Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar is an Iraqi refugee, he is Muslim. This is not the case. Al-Mutar is a secular humanist, and an outspoken one at that.
The dueling queens of pop join Kanye West and John Lennon as some of the biggest names in music whose work has been labeled “blasphemous.”
Blasphemy rights and wrongs. A religious group in Kansas tries to censor a sexting statue. And the British government is sued for feeding Muslim inmates pork-laced pies.
A New Yorker who recently penned an erotic version of the Bible woke up last week to find “BLASPHMY” spray painted across his front step. From Piss Christ to elephant dung Mary, here’s a look at 12 artworks that have been silenced or destroyed for exploring “blasphemous” themes.
Ten shows from the 1960s until today that radically reshaped America's definition of family.
RNS) The American workplace is becoming more religiously diverse and that is raising concerns about employer accommodations for believers -- and increasing the odds for uncomfortable moments around the water cooler. But part of the potential for conflict is also due to the growing number of nonbelievers and the desire by white evangelicals to share their faith.
DUBLIN (RNS) After 32 years as an interior designer, Patricia Wojnar went back to school for a master's degree in bereavement studies, a hot commodity in Ireland's "post-Catholic'' economy that features growing markets for wedding and funeral officiants who aren't associated with the scandal-scarred Catholic Church.
TORONTO (RNS) A new national study shows that while Canada is still overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (RNS) Among the constant flow of people wearing green, toting beers and milling around the bars in Kansas City's Westport neighborhood on Sunday (March 17), a man ...
(RNS) A new report on global religious identity shows that while Christians and Muslims make up the two largest groups, those with no religious affiliation -- including atheists and agnostics ...
(RNS) A federal court in Indiana has rejected atheists' requests to preside at wedding ceremonies, saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) A new study from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life paints a detailed picture of one of the fastest-growing groups on the American religious landscape -- the "nones," or those who have no religious affiliation. Meet John Q. Nones. By Lauren Markoe.
BETHESDA, Md. (RNS) The number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation has hit an all-time high -- about one in five American adults -- according to a new study, with the number of self-described atheists and agnostics hitting a peak of 6 percent of the U.S. population. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) The typical American badly underestimates how many Protestants there are in the country, and way overestimates the presence of religious minorities such as Mormons and Muslims, according to a new study. By Jeanie Groh.
(RNS) High school kids can join the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Jewish Student Union, the Muslim Students Association and, in some schools, a Hindu or a Buddhist club. Now they can join the young atheists club, too. By Kimberly Winston.