Sociologist and researcher for the Secular Safe Zone, Lori Fazzino, was interviewed about her studies on the Las Vegas religious landscape.
"One challenge in the current landscape is that secular folks who want community have limited options. On the UNLV campus we have 30 religious organizations, 20 of which are Christian based. That’s in Las Vegas, not the Midwest! Contrast that with one secular group, an affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance. Where do people go if it’s not a fit?"
According to a new Gallup poll, atheists have a better chance of getting voted (58%) for just over socialists (47%). This breaks a long-standing trend of atheists being the least electable demographic. Democrats (64%) and independents (61%) are most likely to vote for an atheist, while republicans (45%) are least likely. 18-29 year olds are more likely to vote for an atheist (75%) over socialists (69%), and are tied with evangelicals (75%).
Natalia Mendieta is suing the university, former coach LaKisya Killingsworth and former athletic director Candy Young in U.S. District Court, alleging they violated the First Amendment by requiring religious activities at a publicly funded university. The lawsuit alleges that, starting in the fall of 2013, Killingsworth required volleyball players to attend Sunday church services with her at Calvary Assembly of God, part of a network of Pentecostal churches. In addition, Killingsworth had the team pray before each match, distributed Bibles to the team and "strongly encouraged" players to join the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and attend Bible studies hosted by the group. Mendieta sent Killingsworth a letter voicing concerns about the mandatory church attendance, then in the fall of 2014, Killingsworth began looking for excuses to kick Mendieta off the team.
Tee Rogers, Administrative Coordinator of the Division of Administration and Finance at the University of Central Florida, has earned an Award for Outstanding Activism by the Secular Student Alliance for her work on the institutional implementation of our Secular Safe Zone at UCF.
When asked their “religious preference”, nearly one-in-four Americans now says “none.” Up until the 1990s, this group of so-called “nones” hovered in the single digits. The 2014 GSS showed that the so-called nones are 23 percent, three points up from 2012.
How large is this group of nones? There are nearly as many Americans who claim no religion as there are Catholics (24 percent). If this growth continues, in a few years the largest “religion” in the U.S. may be no religion at all.
1-84-I-DOUBT-IT, believed to be the country's first helpline for people wrestling with religion, suffering from a loss of faith, or confused about why their son or wife seems to have suddenly embraced atheism. Founded by the group Recovering From Religion and cobbled together with a small budget, the helpline launched on Friday. Nearly 100 volunteers are ready to field calls 24/7 on the weekends and from 6-12 Central Time on weeknights
Teachers at Swainsboro Primary School in south Georgia encouraged children to participate in daily prayers. Teachers Kaytrene Bright led students in daily lunch prayers, and Cel Thompson asked students to bow heads, fold hands and pray, leading the class in a call and response prayer. When the parents objected, the teachers told the students to go into the hall. One of the students was teased by classmates for this, while the other said the teacher used her "mean voice" while excluding her. After continual pressure to pray, and even being held back from recess from Bright, the children where removed by their parents and homeschooled. A lawsuit has since been filed.
If you’re dismayed that one in five Americans (20 percent) are “nones” — people who claim no particular religious identity — brace yourself. How does 38 percent sound? That’s what religion researcher David Kinnaman calculates when he adds “the unchurched, the never-churched and the skeptics” to the nones.
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