(RNS) Seven in 10 Americans say religion's influence on the country
is waning, and 61 percent say they belong to a church or synagogue,
equaling the lowest number since Gallup began asking the question in the
(RNS) Alix Jules is an atheist, but for years he felt uncomfortable at
gatherings of nonbelievers. The reason: he's black.
"I got really tired of going back and forth to free thought events
and being the only black person there," said Jules, 36, who lives in
Dallas. "It was not necessarily inviting. I just felt like an outcast
... No one was reaching out to me."