The Atheism Gap

A CNN special report swept into the wings atheism’s significant race and gender problems.

American atheists, mostly white and mostly male.

Photographer: Allison Shelley/Getty Images

CNN’s special report on atheists this week didn’t draw many viewers, and has been kicked around a bit in the blogosphere. Certainly the program had its gaffes. Most important, as other critics have noted, the report trotted out the hoary -- and ridiculous -- claim that 1 in 3 millennials are atheists. (The correct figure is closer to 3 percent.)

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