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We at Sioux Falls Atheists are coining a new acronym CMM, "Child Mental Mutilation." Child Mental Mutilation refers to teaching children the anti-science claims that "There is no Evolution", "There was no Evolution", The Earth is only 6,000 Years Old", "Dinosaurs lived at the same time as Mankind", The Earth is Flat", "The Sun circles the Earth" and "The Earth is the Center of the Universe." Teaching these untruths to children cripples them mentally, often for life. There are few crimes greater than the deliberate mutilation of a child's mind. It ranks right up there with physical or sexual abuse of a child, which also often mentally cripple a child for life. There can be no excuse for any of these crimes against children!

CMM, Child Mental Mutilation!
Speak out against it whenever you hear about it or encounter it!

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9-7-17 The death rattle of the Trump evangelicals
The death rattle of the Trump evangelicals
e of the many fascinating results of the 2016 election was that despite his history of enthusiastic sinning and his transparently phony professions of faith, Donald Trump won 81 percent of the votes of white evangelical Christians, which no candidate had matched since the question has been asked in exit polls. There are multiple reasons why, but at their root lies a changing society that has many conservative Christians feeling threatened and outnumbered. Just how outnumbered? As a large new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute shows, a remarkable shift has taken place: White Christians are no longer a majority of Americans. If you're a millennial, that may not strike you as odd, since depending on where you live, you've probably grown up in a world where you took a good deal of diversity for granted. But if you're over 40 or so, it's positively earth-shaking. As the authors of the study note, in 1976, fully 81 percent of Americans identified as white and members of a Christian denomination. Today it's only 43 percent. That's the result of two things happening simultaneously. The first is that America's racial demographics are steadily evolving, with minority groups, particularly Hispanics, increasing their proportion of the population. In 1980 Hispanics were only 6.5 percent of the population, but today they're over 17 percent. At the same time, the population is becoming less religious. The group of religiously unaffiliated people — which includes atheists, agnostics, and those who say they don't belong to any particular faith — has been rapidly growing, and now encompasses a quarter of the population. Even more importantly, young people are much less religious in general and much less likely to identify as Christian than older people. Take a look at this striking chart:

A Generational Shift in Religious Identity

5-22-17 In US, Belief in Creationist View of Humans at New Low
In US, Belief in Creationist View of Humans at New Low
The percentage of U.S. adults who believe that God created humans in their present form at some time within the last 10,000 years or so -- the strict creationist view -- has reached a new low. Thirty-eight percent of U.S. adults now accept creationism, while 57% believe in some form of evolution -- either God-guided or not -- saying man developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life.

  • 38% say God created man in present form, lowest in 35 years
  • Same percentage say humans evolved, but God guided the process
  • Less-educated Americans more likely to believe in creationism

12-23-16 Five Key Findings on Religion in the U.S.
Five Key Findings on Religion in the U.S.
Religion remains an integral part of most Americans' lives, but Gallup's ongoing research shows how this has changed over time. The following are five important findings about religion in the U.S.:

  • Almost eight in 10 identify with a religion, mostly Christian
  • 21% have no religious identity, up from 15% in 2008
  • Over seven in 10 say religion is losing its influence in U.S. society
Religious Identification in the U.S.: 2016 %
Protestant/Other Christian 48.9
Catholic 23.0
Mormon 1.8
Jewish 2.1
Muslim 0.8
Other non-Christian religion 2.5
None/Atheist/Agnostic 18.2
No response given 2.6

Based on 173,229 interviews conducted Jan. 2-Dec. 19, 2016

  • America remains a largely Christian nation, although less so than in the past.
  • The trend away from formal religion continues.
  • A majority still say religion is important in their lives.
  • Americans continue to say that religion is losing its influence in American society.
  • Religion remains intertwined with political self-identification.

6-29-16 Most Americans Still Believe in God
Most Americans Still Believe in God
About nine in 10 Americans say they believe in God, and one in 10 say they do not (and that probably means they are Atheists). However, when presented with more than a "yes or no" option, about eight in 10 say they believe and one in 10 say they aren't sure. Belief in God, regardless of how the question is phrased to Americans, is down from levels in past decades. (Webmaster's comment: The poll shows that there are 31 million Atheists in the United States. That's a lot of people! We are not alone!)

  • 89% of Americans say they believe in God
  • In a separate poll, 79% say "believe in God" and 10% "not sure"
  • All measures of belief in God show declines from previous decades

5-26-16 U.S. Religious Groups Disagree on Five Key Moral Issues
U.S. Religious Groups Disagree on Five Key Moral Issues
Americans' religious faith greatly shapes their views of whether moral issues or practices are acceptable or not. In general, Jews and those with no religious preference are more liberal than Protestants, Catholics and Mormons in their views on various moral issues. These differences are most apparent on abortion and, to a lesser extent, doctor-assisted suicide and animal cloning. Catholics join with Jews and nonreligious Americans in saying gay-lesbian relations and out-of-wedlock births are morally OK.

  • Jews, nonreligious tend to be most liberal on morality
  • Catholics say out-of-wedlock births, gay-lesbian relations moral
  • Only Mormons view premarital sex, gambling as immoral

Moral Issues on Which Major U.S. Religious Group Disagree
Percentage saying each is "morally acceptable"

Religious Group  No Religion Jewish Catholic Protestant Mormon
Moral Issue % % % % %
Abortion 73 76 38 33 18
Doctor-assisted suicide 77 73 47 43 30
Cloning animals 50 50 33 28 33
Gay-lesbian relations 83 85 62 41 28
Having a baby outside of marriage 80 68 59 47 25
Average  73 70 48 38 27


(Webmaster's comment: It's really obvious who are the true friends of liberal, progressive causes. And it's not the Catholics, Protestants, or Mormans. But amazingly of those the Catholics are the most liberal and progressive.)

Based on the recently released nation wide Gallop telephone poll of 174,745 adults (1st Gallop Poll link below), in South Dakota 23% of adults are non-religious, 32% are moderately religious, and 45% are very religious. That means about 28,000 adults (about 37,000 all ages) in Sioux Falls are non-religious. Atheist groups in Sioux Falls have not begun to tap that market yet.

The latest polls (below) finds that the number of Christians are falling off about 1% per year. Now non-believers in any religion are up to 23% In South Dakota. In America the number is up to 31%.

4-9-16 Americans are skeptical of God but think heaven is real
Americans are skeptical of God but think heaven is real
Since 1980, the number of Americans who believe in God has decreased by half and the number who pray has declined five-fold. Has America lost its faith? The United States formally separates church and state, but it's hard to deny that America is inundated with religious innuendo, from its controversial pledge of allegiance all the way down to its Judeo-Christian courthouse displays and faith-espousing legal tender. Yet fewer Americans pray or believe in God than ever before, according to a new study in the journal Sage Open. Researchers found that the percentage of Americans who claim they never pray reached an all-time high in 2014, up five-fold since the 1980s. Over the same time period, belief in God and interest in spirituality appears to have similarly declined, especially among young adults. The findings suggest that, "millennials are the least religious generation in memory, and possibly in American history," says Jean M. Twenge, psychology professor at San Diego State University and coauthor on the study, in a press statement. "Most previous studies concluded that fewer Americans were publicly affiliating with a religion, but that Americans were just as religious in private ways. That's no longer the case, especially in the last few years." (Webmaster's comment: The chances of a great evil United States Christian Religious Dictatorship are coming to an end! Thank the youth of America!)

2-4-16 New Hampshire Now Least Religious State in U.S.
New Hampshire Now Least Religious State in U.S.
New Hampshire is the least religious state in the U.S., edging out Vermont in Gallup's 2015 state-by-state analysis. Mississippi has extended its eight-year streak as the most religious state, followed closely by neighboring Alabama.

  • 20% in New Hampshire very religious, compared with 63% in Mississippi
  • Most religious states continue to be in South, along with Utah
  • Least religious states in Northeast and Northwest, plus Hawaii
  • In United States 40% are Very religious, 29% are Moderately religious, 31% are Nonreligious
  • In South Dakota 45% are Very religious, 32% are Moderately religious, 23% are Nonreligious

11-6-15 Americans are becoming less religious
Americans are becoming less religious
Americans are becoming less religious. 77% of Americans say they’re “religiously affiliated,” down from 83% in 2007. 63% of Americans say they’re “absolutely certain” that God exists, down from 71% in 2007. These trends are most pronounced among Millennials. Pew Research Center Full Article at Pew Research

6-17-15 Confidence in Religion at New Low, but Not Among Catholics
Confidence in Religion at New Low, but Not Among Catholics
Americans' confidence in the church and organized religion has fallen dramatically over the past four decades, from 68% in 1975 to hitting an all-time low this year of 42%. Confidence in religion began faltering in the 1980s, while the sharpest decline occurred between 2001 and 2002 as the Catholic Church grappled with a major sexual abuse scandal. Since then, periodic improvements have proved temporary, and it has continued to ratchet lower.

5-12-15 US Christians numbers 'decline sharply', poll finds
US Christians numbers 'decline sharply', poll finds
The number of Americans who identify as Christian has fallen nearly eight percentage points in only seven years, according to a new survey. Pew Research Center found that 71% of Americans identified as Christian in 2014 - down from 78% in 2007. In the same period, Americans identifying as having no religion grew from 16% to 23%. Fifty-six million Americans do not observe any religion, the second largest community after Evangelicals. Five million fewer Americans identify as Christian now compared with 2007. But the United States still remains home to more Christians than any other nation, with roughly seven-in-ten continuing to identify with some branch of Christianity.

8-28-14 Time's "The Answers Issue" Everything you never knew you needed to know.
Time's "The Answers Issue" Everything you never knew you needed to know.
Atheism in Portland Oregon: 5,456 Meetup Members "We have refugees from the bible belt" says Sykvia Benner, of a group that meets frequently.
Religion in Prison: 0.07% - Percentage of U.S. prisoners who idenitify as atheist.

8-3-14 The stigma of being an atheist in the US
The stigma of being an atheist in the US
Atheists in the US are rallying together, launching a new TV programme and providing support for those who go public with their beliefs.

6-27-14 Majority Still Says Religion Can Answer Today's Problems
Majority Still Says Religion Can Answer Today's Problems
But increasing numbers of Americans say religion is out of date. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say that religion can answer all or most of today's problems, while 30% say that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date. Americans have in recent decades become gradually less likely to say that religion can answer today's problems and more likely to believe religion is out of date.

6-2-14 Gallop Poll: In U.S., 42% Believe Creationist View of Human Origins
Gallop Poll: In U.S., 42% Believe Creationist View of Human Origins
Americans' views related to religiousness, age, education. More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past three decades. Half of Americans believe humans evolved, with the majority of these saying God guided the evolutionary process. However, the percentage who say God was not involved is rising (has risen from 9 to 19 percent in the last 14 years).

5-19-14 For 2016 Hopefuls, Washington Experience Could Do More Harm than Good
For 2016 Hopefuls, Washington Experience Could Do More Harm than Good
Military Service Top Positive, Atheism Top Negative for Potential Candidates.
53% of voters said they'd be less likely to vote for an atheist. Atheism, in fact, ranked as the most negative trait for a candidate - more than being gay, having an extramarital affair, or being over 70.

2-3-14 Gallop Poll: Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious
Gallop Poll: Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious
Average religiousness of states continues to range widely. Religiousness across the U.S. in 2013 remained similar to previous years. With 61% of its residents classified as very religious, Mississippi held on to its position as the most religious state, while Vermont, with 22% very religious residents, remained the least religious. The most religious states were in the South, except for Utah, while the least religious states were clustered in New England and the West.
(In South Dakota 46% are very religious and 22% are nonreligious.)

And according to the articles below it appears that about 2.5 percent of adult Americans are actual Atheists while another 18 percent are non-believers in any religion. Given that Sioux Falls has a population of about 162,300 that means there are roughly 3,060 adult Atheists and 22,030 other adult non-believers in Sioux Falls.

10-9-12 PEW: 20% OF Americans are now Atheist, Agnostic or Unaffiliated with a Religion
PEW: 20% OF Americans are now Atheist, Agnostic or Unaffiliated with a Religion
Back in July, some readers might have been surprised when TheBlaze reported that one in five Americans now consider themselves atheists, agnostics or "nones."

4-13-12 The Rise of Atheism in America
The Rise of Atheism in America
The number of disbelievers is growing, but they remain America's least trusted minority. Why?

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