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Study claims atheists are nicer to christians compared to the other way around.

Atheists are more generous toward Christians than Christians are toward them, a new study has claimed.

Researchers at Ohio University asked participants to share monetary rewards with partners in a version of the dictator game, in which one person had no power to affect the division of the bounty.

When atheists were told of their partners religious beliefs, they behaved impartially toward ingroup and outgroup partners, the study's authors wrote in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

However, Christians consistently demonstrated an ingroup bias. Read More

Nones now as big as evangelicals, Catholics in the US

From RNS:

According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming no religion sometimes referred to as nones because of how they answer the question what is your religious tradition, now represent about 23.1 percent of the population, up from 21.6 percent in 2016. People claiming evangelicalism, by contrast, now represent 22.5 percent of Americans, a slight dip from 23.9 percent in 2016.

That makes the two groups statistically tied with Catholics (23 percent) as the largest religious or nonreligious groupings in the country.

Full article at Religion News Service.

Atheist Groups Urge Senate to Reject Discriminatory Adoption Provision in Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC. In a letter to the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, a coalition of six national atheist, humanist, and secular groups urged the Senate to oppose a discriminatory amendment to the House Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations bill that would put the health and welfare of children in our nations adoption and foster care system at risk.

This amendment, introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama) and passed over bipartisan opposition in committee, would require states to allow taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to discriminate and refuse to provide services based on their religious beliefs in order to avoid crushing financial penalties to their child welfare systems. Currently 46 states have protections against religious discrimination in place which would trigger such penalties, potentially resulting in over $1 billion in federal funds withheld from child welfare agencies.

Read more at American Atheists.

Retirement Of Justice Kennedy Could Shift Supreme Court Balance On Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

Jun 27, 2018

We're at a pivotal moment,said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United. "The separation of church and state is the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. This principle could not be more vital, given that Americans belong to hundreds of different faiths, and many are non-religious. Yet all signs indicate that President Donald Trump will appoint a justice who will undermine this foundational and vital American value.

Read more at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.