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Adding Up The ‘Nones’: Changing U.S. Religious Landscape Likely To Affect Church-State Separation

Religiously unaffiliated Americans are on the rise, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest Religious Landscape Study. Roughly 56 million Americans now identify themselves as agnostic, atheist or “nothing in particular.” That’s more than 22 percent of the population. Read more

Courting Trouble: N.C. County Official Vows To Exclude Non-Christian Prayers From Government Meetings

When it comes to religion in America, the majority is most certainly not permitted to rule. Apparently an official in a North Carolina county is unaware of this fact, as evidenced by his recent claim that non-Christians should be banned from giving prayers before local government meetings.     Read more

Invocations Invalidated: Federal Judge Strikes Down North Carolina Commission’s Sectarian Prayer Practice

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Greece v. Galloway, it seemed there would be little hope of stopping local governments from opening their meetings with predominantly Christian prayers. Read more

The Decline And Fall Of Just About Everything: Carping About ‘Moral Decay’ Is An Old Game

A recent column by Michael Youssef on OneNewsNow, published by the American Family Association, carried an email subject line: “Who’s to blame for America’s moral decay?”

Talk about a loaded question! It assumes that there has been a moral decline; this is taken as a given. Read more

Waiting-Period Woes: Satanic Temple Plans Religious-Based Challenge To Mo. Abortion Law

The Religious Right celebrated a victory in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, but fundamentalists may soon change their tune if a humanistic group successfully uses its religious beliefs to undo a restrictive new abortion law. Read more

Commander-In-Belief?: Americans Have A History Of Thinking The President Isn’t Christian Enough

It is well documented that the Religious Right thinks President Barack Obama either isn’t religious enough or is the “wrong” religion. But it turns out that when it comes to presidents and their personal beliefs, these sentiments are nothing new. As it turns out, Americans have a long history of claiming that the president just isn’t Christian enough for their liking. Read more

T-shirt Tangle: Ky. Court Rules ‘Christian’ Business Has ‘Religious Freedom’ Right To Discriminate Against Gays

The Fayette Circuit Court ruled this week that a Lexington, Ky.-based T-shirt printing company did not break the law when it refused to make shirts for the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO). 

GLSO had intended to use the shirts in the city’s 2012 Pride Festival, and filed a complaint against the company with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Human Rights Commission. The Commission ruled in GLSO’s favor, but Monday’s decision overturns that ruling. Read more

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