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  • Voters downplay candidates’ faith but shy from ‘nones’

    September 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Voters downplay candidates’ faith but shy from ‘nones’

    Relatively few Americans say a political candidate’s religious beliefs are an important factor when deciding how to vote, according to a poll released Sept. 11 by The Associated Press-NORC (AP-NORC ) Center for Public Affairs Research. Yet Americans hardly ever elect a religiously unaffiliated member of Congress, and atheists claim they are generally underrepresented in public office.

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  • Lawsuit targets city’s grant to National Baptists

    August 1 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Lawsuit targets city’s grant to National Baptists

    Atheists have sued a National Baptist pastor and Kansas City government leaders over a $65,000 grant approved for use during the Baptist group’s upcoming national convention in the city. The grant to John Modest Miles Ministries violates Missouri law that prohibits public aid for religious purposes, American Atheists Inc. claim in a lawsuit posted on their website.

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  • Atheist billboards: Christmas a ‘fairy tale’

    December 10 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Atheist billboards: Christmas a ‘fairy tale’

    Holiday billboards sponsored by an atheist group that call the Christmas story a “fairy tale” are indirect evidence of the “continuing cultural strength of Christianity” in the view of a Southern Baptist apologist. Beginning Dec. 1, the New Jersey-based American Atheists sponsored billboards in Memphis, Nashville, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Fort Smith, Ark…

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  • Religious ‘nones’ may not be who you think they are

    March 18 2014 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Religious ‘nones’ may not be who you think they are

    In recent surveys, the religious “nones” – as in, “none of the above” – appear to lead in the faith marketplace. In fact, “none” could soon be the dominant label U.S. adults pick when asked to describe their religious identity.

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  • Atheist group sues IRS over churches endorsing politics

    November 20 2012 by World News Service | with 0 comments

    After 1,586 pastors purposely broke the law Oct. 7 by endorsing political candidates from the pulpit, an atheist group has taken the bait and sued the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Nov. 12 for not taking action against these pastors’ churches. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) started Pulpit Freedom Sunday in 2008 to challenge the 1954 Johnson Amendment that prohibits tax-exempt churches from making political endorsements.

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  • Poll: Majority of Americans would vote for an atheist for president

    August 1 2012 by Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

    For the second time in less than a year, the Gallup poll reports that a majority of Americans would vote for an atheist for president. The latest survey, from June, found that 54 percent of those asked said they would vote a “well- qualified” atheist into the Oval Office – the highest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 1958, when only 18 percent said they would back a nonbeliever.

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  • Atheists sue over law tying security to God

    December 4 2008 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

    The American Atheists have sued the commonwealth of Kentucky after learning that a law requires the state’s Office of Homeland Security to declare its reliance on God for safety.

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  • Atheists file suit over National Day of Prayer

    October 7 2008 by Brittney Bain, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

    A Wisconsin-based group of atheists and agnostics has filed suit against President Bush over the federal law designating a National Day of Prayer.

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