Category: atheism

By Hemant Mehta Which states and the best and worst for atheists? Or at least people who support church/state separation? American Atheists just put out a scorecard ranking states based on four groups of issues. There are the legal ones, like if they have an establishment clause in the state constitution, whether they allow tax …

By Meg Hefferon and Cary Funk Public attitudes about the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine remain broadly positive in the United States, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (88%) say the benefits of the MMR vaccine outweigh the risks – the same share as in 2016, …

By Hemant Mehta I’m not a Harvard law student, much less a Harvard law professor, but Adrian Vermeule is. Which is why it’s all the more disturbing that he seems to believe atheists are incapable of holding public office. Responding to a Washington Post article about how white evangelicals falsely fear that atheists would strip away their rights given the …

By Emily McFarlan Miller The war on Christmas is over — if you want it, according to Anne Klaeysen, leader emerita of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Even the idea that there’s a war on Christmas is “antithetical to the holiday spirit, whether it’s Hanukkah or Christmas or Kwanzaa,” Klaeysen said. “(The holiday spirit) …

By Paul A. Djupe As the House has moved through the impeachment of President Trump, voices on the extreme right have been arguing that it’s the first shot in a coming “civil war.” According to conservative evangelical conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles, “The Democrats are forcing me to stockpile ammunition, food, water, and medical supplies to defend …

By Fares Sabawi and RJ Marquez A wall of the Somerset Early Childhood Elementary’s library is bare after district officials took down a religious display on Monday due to a complaint from the American Humanist Association. Maury Vasquez, the district’s public information officer, said the decision to take down the display came after officials consulted …

By Stuart Vyse Recently, a friend and colleague posted a Live Science article on Facebook that suggested atheists are more intelligent than religious believers, and soon I was drawn into one of those sticky internet conversations that rarely work out well. The article was based on a 2013 meta-analysis of sixty-three studies of the relationship of religious …

By Daniel Cox and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux Millennials have earned a reputation for reshaping industries and institutions — shaking up the workplace, transforming dating culture, and rethinking parenthood. They’ve also had a dramatic impact on American religious life. Four in ten millennials now say they are religiously unaffiliated, according to the Pew Research Center. In fact, millennials (those between the …

By Hemant Mehta On a recent Monday night in Iowa City, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was asked at a town hall if she had a plan “for protecting the rights of atheists and other non-believers.” The Democratic presidential candidate who frequently boasts about having “a plan for that” sidestepped the question entirely. While briefly acknowledging laws protecting freedom …

By Bethany Lindsay Health-care professionals who work in Vancouver-area hospitals and medical clinics will no longer be required to attend 12-step programs if they want to keep their jobs after being diagnosed with addiction. The change comes as a result of a settlement between public health authority Vancouver Coastal Health and former nurse Byron Wood, …