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New survey on religion in America reveals things are a bit more complicated than we can count

Big news making the rounds in the skeptical and secular interest outlets is that of the latest Pew research results. Different outlets reported on this in different ways. Some focused on the loss of religious affiliation, some speculated that the churches were doing something wrong and others pounced on the forgotten “nones” that should be…

Penn and Teller get a star

Las Vegas magicians and skeptical advocates Penn & Teller are getting a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame: 2013 Walk of Fame honorees named. Penn and Teller, showmen and television personalities, are longtime supporters of the James Randi Educational Foundation and will be appearing at this year’s Amazing Meeting as keynote speakers.

Think again: Religious belief affected by analytical thought

A look at the kind of thinking that determines how religious we are A new University of B.C. study suggests analytical thinking can be harmful to religious faith. The psychology report, published today in the prestigious journal Science, reveals that religious belief drops after subjects perform analytical tasks or are exposed to Rodin’s sculpture The…

No, Twitter is not being anti-atheist.

There is no #AntiAtheistCampaign on Twitter. It’s just a crackdown on spam. « Skeptical Software Tools. I happened to stumble across a few Tweets yesterday that contained the hashtag #AntiAtheistCampaign. Hashtags are often used to organize on Twitter. This appeared to be some people organizing against some sort of oppression against certain Twitter accounts. Was…

In death, Christopher Hitchens proves a point

  Christopher Hitchens’ ‘God Is Not Great’ Trends… | Gather. A Twitter hashtag meant as a tribute to Christopher Hitchens has turned into a mini religious war, with Christian users of the site threatening violence against anyone using the tag. The hashtag #GodIsNotGreat began trending internationally shortly after the sad announcement that Hitchens had passed…

So-called “skeptics” and their billboard bungles

Backyard Skeptics’ “Treaty of Tripoli” Billboard Advocates Separation of Church and State. Having screwed the pooch on a billboard with an atheist-friendly misquote from Thomas Jefferson has not stopped Fountain Valley-based Backyard Skeptics from going to the inkwell again. This time, above a Costa Mesa mattress store, it’s a 48×14-foot “Treaty of Tripoli” billboard that boldly states,…