Poll: Religiously Unaffiliated Expand, Now Second-Largest Group In US

The number of Christians in the U.S. continues to decline sharply across all regions and demographic groups, while the number of those describing themselves as religiously unaffiliated – atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – has spiked to nearly one-quarter of the U.S. population.


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American Atheists President: ‘Inevitable’ US Will Have Atheist President

The role of religion in government is once again front-and-center in the United States following the controversial religious freedoms law in Indiana.



Md., 6 Other States Have Bans on Atheists Holding Office

Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions that prohibit people who don’t believe in God from holding public office.


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Federal Government Wants To Give Atheist Group Religious Tax Break

An atheist group is fighting the federal government after officials granted the organization a religious tax break.


Christian users of Twitter tweet more positive statements than the critical language used by atheist users of the popular social media platform. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Study: Christian Tweets More Positive Than Atheist Twitter Users

Christian users of Twitter tweet more positive statements than the critical language used by atheist users of the popular social media platform.


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Scouts Considering Retreat From No-Gays Policy

The Boys Scouts of America is considering a dramatic retreat from its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.


A mass majority of the world's population associates themselves with a religion, but a growing worldwide group is the "religiously unaffiliated." (Photo by Andrew Cowie - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Study: ‘No Affiliation’ Is Third-Largest Religious Group Worldwide

A growing trend emerged from a comprehensive 2010 study of worldwide religions: roughly one-in-six (1.1 billion, 16 percent) of the world’s population claims no religious affiliation.


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Fights Over Prayer Drag On At Public Meetings

It happens every week at meetings in towns, counties and cities nationwide. A lawmaker or religious leader leads a prayer before officials begin the business of zoning changes, contract approvals and trash pickup.


Religious affiliation is on swift decline among American adults. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Study: One-Third Of Adults Under 30 Have No Religious Affiliation

One-fifth of American adults have no religious affiliation, and this number is growing rapidly.


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‘We Are Stronger’: Atheists To Hold Massive Rally On National Mall Next Month

Next month, the atheist movement will make its voice heard and its presence known by way of the Reason Rally, a large-scale event that organizers hope will unify a large part of the secular community.