The Pew Forum U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey

On Tuesday, September 28th, the Pew Forum reported in an executive summary that “atheists agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.” Out of 32 questions asked to a random sampling of people via landline and cellular phone, those who identified as atheist or agnostic correctly answered an average of 20.9 questions. Jews were not far behind at 20.5. Hispanic Catholics averaged the lowest, at 11.6. The summary also reported that atheists and agnostics “do particularly well on questions about the role of religion in public life, including a question about what the U.S. Constitution says about religion.”
 
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Celebrate Sanity and Reason with a De-Baptism on October 30 in Eagan, MN

de-baptism1.jpgOn Saturday, October 30 a Rally to Restore Sanity will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. There will also be a March to Keep Fear Alive held at the same place at the same time. Both events (the latter one satirically mocking Glenn Beck's recent "tea party" rally) are being held for those of us who have grown tired of the anti-intellectual, hyperbolic shouting that seems to be drowning out reasonable discourse. Examples of national insanity include policymakers proudly attacking and stifling science while embracing ancient Mediterranean folklore; also, ideological activists invoking popularly accepted hateful religious indoctrination that deny equal treatment to gays and lesbians.

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Minnesota Atheists Denounce Minnesota Catholic Conference

gay_flag.jpgMinnesota Atheists denounces the Minnesota Catholic Conference for mailing 400,000 DVDs to the homes of Catholics as a clear intent to influence the upcoming state elections.  The videos, which feature John Nienstedt, Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, call for Catholics to take political action to demand an amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.
 
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