ANTI-THEISM: “Godless Millennials Could End the Political Power of the Religious Right” / The Guardian / Adam Lee

No ChristianityAmerica is becoming less Christian because young people are less religious. That’s not blessed news for conservatives.
While the effect on evangelicals is new, the general pattern isn’t. The Catholic church, the largest single religious denomination in America, was the first to feel the pinch. Church leaders and Catholic apologists have been fretting for years over the problem of aging and shrinking congregations, declining attendance at Mass and fewer people signing up to become priests or nuns – although their proposals for how to solve the problem all consist of tinkering around the edges, or insisting that they need to try harder to convince people to believe as they do.
But even if this secularizing trend continues, it’s likely that there’s a hard core of believers who will persist no matter what: no one is forecasting the total extinction of the religious right in politics.

Still, for progressives, the eroding power of the churches is a most welcome development: the religions right can no longer claim to be the sole source of morality and virtue, nor can they expect to assert their will in political matters and be obeyed without question. Instead, they’ll have to muster evidence and make their case in the marketplace of ideas like everyone else.

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h/t: Secular Coalition for America

PROGRESSIVE RADIO: “The Death of Critical Thinking in America” / Ring of Fire / Mike Papantonio

originally aired on 10.05.2014

SCIENTIFIC LITERACY: “Scientifically Illiterate People” / Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tysonh/t: We Fucking Love Atheism

MARIJUANA AND WHITE PRIVILEGE: “Chris Hayes Takes Down Bill O’Reilly’s Anti-Marijuana Nonsense” / “I Was Nearly Arrested For Weed” / Chris Hayes

“I can tell you as sure as I am sitting here before you that if I was a black kid with cornrows instead of a white kid with glasses, my ass would’ve been in a squad car faster than you can say George W. Bush.”

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: “You Won’t Believe How Church Leaders Are Justifying Child Labor” / The Young Turks / Cenk Uygur