Mitali Saran: Random atheist thoughts on a weekend | Business Standard Column

Read more about Mitali Saran: Random atheist thoughts on a weekend on Business Standard. Stop giving religion a free pass

Why Are Educated People More Likely to Be Atheists? | Psychology Today

The more education a person receives, the more likely they are to become atheists. Non belief also increases with intelligence and income. Residents of more educated countries see religion as less important in their daily lives.

A Reason To Believe: A Documentary Film by Ben Fama Jr. — Kickstarter

Ben Fama Jr. is raising funds for A Reason To Believe: A Documentary Film on Kickstarter! A thought-provoking documentary film that examines the hard questions of the psychology of belief and why we believe.

And Yet … by Christopher Hitchens review – fearless, self-admiring, effortlessly eloquent | Books | The Guardian

How the incomparable polemicist moved from being a practising Trotskyist (though he never practised enough to get good at it) to cosying up to the Washington neocons

Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, according to analysis of scores of scientific studies stretching back over decades | Science | News | The Independent

A new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades has concluded that religious people are less intelligent than non-believers.

On Religious Freedom Day, Tell Congress to Honor Jefferson’s Principles – Center for Inquiry

Contact your members of Congress and tell them to support the principles outlined in the 1786 Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Sunday Assembly: A Church For The Godless Picks Up Steam : NPR

There’s little talk of God at “Sunday Assembly,” but you will find community, music and skepticism. There are now almost 30 congregations in several countries, offering what the British founders of the movement call “the best bits of church, but with no religion and awesome pop songs.”

Church attendance in England dropping gradually but inexorably

According to the British Humanists, who give the sources for their statistics on their new post, weekly attendance at the 16,000 Church of England’s parishes has dropped to less than 1,000,000 for the first time in at least sixty years. First, here’s a graph from the Church’s own document showing the heartening decline of attendance over the last 54 years,…

Indiana Governor: ‘Religious Freedom’ Should Trump Civil Rights

Gov. Mike Pence (R) in his State of the State address said that he would not support any measure to protect LGBTQ Indianans that would infringe on religious freedom.

Slain Pakistani Christian’s brother campaigns against blasphemy law – Religion News Service

ROME (RNS) Paul Bhatti, a Roman Catholic, worked as a surgeon in his home country of Pakistan and in Europe, while his brother, Shahbaz, went into politics and became Pakistan’s only Christian Cabinet member as the country’s first minister of minority affairs.