They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so nicknamed because they identified themselves as believing in “nothing in particular” in a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center.The number of American children raised without religion has grown significantly since the 1950s, when fewer than 4% of Americans reported growing up in a nonreligious household, according to several recent national studies. claim to have no religion, and more than 30% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 say the same.The possibility of living a moral life without regular church attendance isn't really in dispute among the nonreligious...(Paul Thornton)For nearly 40 years, Bengston has overseen the Longitudinal Study of Generations, which has become the largest study of religion and family life conducted across several generational cohorts in the United States.A petroglyph has been found at New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, carved by the early Pueblo people.And according to Professor J Mc Kim Malville from the University of Colorado Boulder, it may depict a solar eclipse nearly a millennium ago, in the year 1097.
List: 22 guilty pleas so far in Kenner Internet sex stings Some consider the initiative to be an attack on victimless crimes, because none of the defendants chatted with an actual minor, much less had sex with one.But defense attorneys have so far failed in their attempts to challenge the law's constitutionality and the police tactics that some say can be too aggressive.Law enacted in 2005 The Legislature made computer-aided solicitation of a minor for sex a crime in 2005, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a ,000 fine.That figure entered the double digits when a 2012 study showed that 11% of people born after 1970 said they had been raised in secular homes. So how does the raising of upstanding, moral children work without prayers at mealtimes and morality lessons at Sunday school? Far from being dysfunctional, nihilistic and rudderless without the security and rectitude of religion, secular households provide a sound and solid foundation for children, according to Vern Bengston, a USC professor of gerontology and sociology.For godless parents like me, sociologist Phil Zuckerman's Op-Ed article Thursday on the growing prevalence of children being raised in nonreligious households is secular catnip.