Here’s How Atheists Are Helping People in Houston After Hurricane Harvey


A letter to the editor in a Kentucky newspaper yesterday asked a simple question:
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Lee Descendant Forced Out of Church After Denouncing White Supremacy on MTV


More of that white Christian love: Rev. Rob Lee IV, a descendant of Robert E. Lee, was forced to leave his church after denouncing white supremacy on MTV.
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British Social Attitudes: Record number of Brits with no religion

The fall in religious affiliation has been driven, at least in part, by young people. In 2016, seven in ten (71%) of young people aged 18-24 said they had no religion, up from 62% in 2015.
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An Insider’s View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America


In deep-red white America, the white Christian God is king. As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.”
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Joel Osteen’s collection plate video: Church passed around during service with Harvey victims


Maybe try skipping that part just this once?
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Trump’s Call For A National Day Of Prayer Divides Rather Than Unites

We’ve watched from afar the devastation and tragedy brought by Hurricane Harvey to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Our hearts are with those who are just beginning the recovery process. As difficult as the past week has been, there is some comfort in watching, as we often do, Americans coming together to aid those in the area through donations and volunteering.

Rather than focus on what has brought everyone together, however, President Donald Trump today held a press event in the Oval Office with a bevy of religious fundamentalist leaders and signed a proclamation declaring Sunday as a National Day of Prayer. (Texas governor Greg Abbott issued a similar proclamation.)
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“Calling Bullshit” Is the College Course for Our Times – Here’s How You Can Take It Online


A college course on how to recognize “bullshit” addresses fake news, memes, clickbaiting and misleading advertising.
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The most atheist countries in the world in one map


Religions make out a great part of the culture of a country, but what about the countries that don’t believe? Here are the most atheist countries, mapped.
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The Hypocrisy of Religious Leaders Like Joel Osteen Is a Major Reason Why Americans Are Fleeing the Church


The Houston pastor has raked in millions but had to be shamed into opening his doors to Harvey’s victims. On Monday, millionaire pastor Joel Osteen taught more Americans via his actions than he’ll ever do in a sermon. At least initially, Osteen refused to open the doors of his Houston megachurch to people displaced by Tropical Storm Harvey.
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Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change


Dana Nuccitelli: A new study finds that a lecture from evangelical climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe successfully educates evangelical college students, validating the “trusted sources” approach
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