News on the Fly

date: Oct. 26, 2012

More religiously unaffiliated (nones) are voting for Obama. Out of the two Christian candidates, Obama seems to be the one getting most of the non-Christian votes, said Wayne Baker in an Ann Arbor column.

“If these so-called Nones carried the day, what would the outcome be on November 6th? It would be Obama. Almost three quarters of the religiously unaffiliated support the president, according to the latest poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. Only 22% say they would vote for Romney.”

But will the vast amount of religious voters supporting Romney out way the nones?  Could the nones more unreliable because many do not hold to the same religious and moral convictions as Catholics and Protestants? In the end it will depend on who turns out to vote.

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date: Oct. 25, 2012

The “nones” seem to be forming the largest part (23 percent) of Obama’s religious voters. But they are oddly not very religious. Romney’s religious voter’s are Protestant and Catholic – making up about 37 percent.  The newest nones tid-bit from the Huffington Post.

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date: Oct. 22, 2012

Paul Kurtz, long time advocate for Humanism, died Saturday Oct. 20 at age 86. Before the introduction of internet and modern technology Kurtz did more to advance the New Atheist mentality and era of religious skepticism than any other New Atheist in history.

“The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.” ~ Paul Kurtz 1925 – 2012

The Patheos blog gave a short summary of some of Kurtz’s attachments:

He founded Prometheus Books, the first publishing company to print books exclusively for and about the skeptical world. Some of their books include George H. Smith‘sAtheism: The Case Against God and Victor Stenger‘s God: The Failed Hypothesis(the company’s first New York Times bestseller).

Kurtz founded the (currently-named) Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Center for Inquiry, organizations whose missions focus on spreading skepticism, reason, and Humanism.

He was editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry, a magazine that introduced Humanism to many people through bookstores or libraries long before the Internet ever did, and a former editor of The Humanist (a publication of the American Humanist Association). He also helped establish Skeptical Inquirer.

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