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    • Methodology December 12, 2017
      The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, 2017, among a national sample of 1,503 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (377 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1,126 were interviewed on a […]
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    • Acknowledgments December 12, 2017
      Primary Researchers Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Research Associate Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher Becka A. Alper, Research Associate Claire Gecewicz, Research Analyst Editorial and Graphic Design Michael Lipka, Senior Editor Aleksandra Sandstrom […]
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    • Americans Say Religious Aspects of Christmas Are Declining in Public Life December 12, 2017
      Most U.S. adults believe the religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past – even as relatively few are bothered by this trend.
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    • Acknowledgments November 30, 2017
      This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation. This report is a collaborative effort based on […] […]
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    • The Growth of Germany’s Muslim Population November 29, 2017
      Immigration has been a major factor in the growth of Germany’s Muslim population. But, even if there is no more immigration, Muslims will continue to increase as a share of Germany’s population in future decades.
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    • Europas wachsende muslimische Bevölkerung November 29, 2017
      Prognosen zufolge wird der muslimische Anteil an der europäischen Bevölkerung zunehmen –  selbst ohne zukünftige Migration Europa hat in den vergangenen Jahren Rekordzahlen an Asylsuchenden verzeichnet, die vor Konflikten in Syrien und anderen vorwiegend muslimischen Ländern geflohen sind. Diese Welle an muslimischen Migranten hat in zahlreichen Ländern einw […]
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    • Croissance de la population musulmane en Europe November 29, 2017
      Les projections prévoient une augmentation du pourcentage de musulmans dans la population européenne, même sans migrations ultérieures. Ces dernières années, l’Europe a connu un afflux record de demandeurs d’asile fuyant les conflits que connaissent la Syrie et d’autres pays à majorité musulmane. Cette vague de migrants musulmans a suscité dans de nombreux p […]
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    • Appendix A: Methodology November 29, 2017
      The estimates and projections in this report build upon and update data from the April 2015 Pew Research Center report, “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050.” Soon after the release of that report, a large influx of migrants entered Europe seeking refugee status. This report includes estimates of how Europe’s Muslim popula […]
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    • Europe’s Growing Muslim Population November 29, 2017
      Even with no new migration, Muslims are projected to increase as a share of Europe's population.
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    • Methodology November 8, 2017
      This report brings together analysis of survey and demographic data from various previously published Pew Research Center reports. It also includes new analysis of the religious beliefs and practices of Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia and historical data on the distribution of Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Protestants around the world. Attitudinal data […]
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Richard Dawkins: The Big Question

The methods of evolution by Darwinian natural selection can in fact tell us why we are here and not merely how. Dawkins explores the details.

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Richard Dawkins on The Late Edition with Marcus Brigstocke

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My favorite part is the segment with the Richard Dawkins doll. Very brave of Professor Dawkins to go on that type of show lol.

GodTube Video of the Week: Evolution Cartoon

Can someone out there please explain this video? The only part I could understand is that this person that created this cartoon is saying that evolution would mean fish turns into frog turns into human. Are they really that simple minded? And the rest of it, the part about the frog dying, what the hell was the point of that? If anyone out there can explain it please do so!

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Intelligent Design: Not So Intelligent…

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Senator John Kerry: “Atheists Don’t Believe in Anything”

Yet again the notion that Atheists don’t believe in anything has been aired in a public forum, this time by a very well educated Democrat Senator John Kerry.

Yesterday at a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life luncheon he told the crowd :

The vast majority of Americans say they believe in God,” Kerry said, responding to a question about the likelihood of an atheist or agnostic winning the presidency. “The vast majority of America, at some time, goes to church, and I think it matters to people. When you are choosing the president of the United States, people vote on the things that matter to them.

“So I think it is probably unlikely that you are going to find somebody who stands up and says, ‘Well, I don’t believe in anything,’ and you’ll get a whole bunch people who get excited about voting for that person,” Kerry said. “It’s just a fact.”

What is NOT a fact, Senator, is that Atheists don’t believe in nothing. We may not believe in a supernatural being who guides our lives and created the universe especially for humans. We do, however believe in Science. We believe that the universe evolved by natural processes.

Every-time a well known public figure repeats the false assertion that we Atheists believe in nothing it enables the religious right to leap on the bandwagon and to keep perpetrating this outrageous myth.

I have yet to met a single person that believes in nothing. That person does not exist. And in any case, its not a matter of belief, its a matter of knowledge and evidence. We believe in things that show clear evidence and not stuff that only comes from a book.

Senator Kerry, I suggest you read the God Delusion or any of Richard Dawkins other books on science and evolution and then try and say Atheists do not believe in anything. I can guarantee you won’t. The difference between you and I is that you apparently(even though you are a very intelligent and highly educated man) believe that there is a god, on no evidence or proof whatsoever.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/02/politics/politico/thecrypt/main3444831.shtml

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Why I am an Atheist….

I am an atheist because there is no evidence of a supernatural being who is called God. There is evidence of Evolution, which many organised religious people do not “believe”.

I am an atheist because there is no evidence of a place called Heaven nor a place called hell. When I die, that will be the end not the end of the beginning.

I am an atheist because I see religious peoples not acting as they claim they are acting. I see violence perpetrated in the name of religion, whilst claiming they are not being violent. I see priests abusing children when they claim they are”protecting” them. I see people of the Islam religion rioting over a cartoon whilst holding signs claiming Islam is a religion of peace.

I am an atheist because I think there should be a clear separation of Church and State, whilst seeing that this is being eroded in many countries every day.

I am an atheist becasuse the “holy” books make no sense to me. I don’t take them as the literal truth because there is no historical evidence that many (if not all) of the events never took place.

I am an atheist because I believe indoctrination of children is child abuse. There is no way children can comprehend what they are being told by their authority figures. Many are scared into “belief” by stories of hell, Satan and roasting for eternity for doing ” bad”things.

I am an atheist because I think .

I am an atheist because I question.

I am an atheist because I have an open mind and am open to change my mind if evidence becomes available. Unlike religious peoples whom most will never change their minds and actively seek to ignore, confuse, deny scientific evidence that contradicts and destroys their claims.