Kimberly Winston | Religion News Service

Kimberly Winston is a freelance religion reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, USA Today, The Washington Post, The San Jose Mercury News and Newsweek.

Stories by Kimberly Winston | Religion News Service

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Who Was St. Patrick — and Would He Drink Green Beer?

Let’s look at some myths and facts about the fifth-century priest we celebrate on March 17.

Martyr or Terrorist? It Depends . . .

A look at the meaning of martyrdom and why one person’s martyr can be another person’s terrorist.

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5 Things to Know About the Sunni-Shiite Divide

The two main sects of Islam have been in conflict for more than a millennium — Why?

Are Online Atheists Helping People — or Just Trolling?

Some atheist super-commenters spend up to 10 hours a day arguing about religion online.

Richard Dawkins Stands by Remarks on Sexism, Pedophilia, Down Syndrome

The famous atheist isn’t taking back the comments that riled even those in his own camp.

Are Black Atheists Being Overlooked?

Atheists of color will hold a first-of-its-kind conference to address issues specific to nonwhite atheists.

Who Rules the Religious Twitterverse? Atheists.

A new study of Twitter shows that religious people are more likely to follow people of their own faith.

This Weekend, it’s All About the Goats

Three religions. Three holidays. Three common denominators: Goats, sacrifice, and prayer.

Jewish High Holy Days Explained

All you need to know about the upcoming Jewish holidays so you can holler “L’shanah tovah!” without looking like a shmendrick.

A Spirituality for Atheists

Can atheist Sam Harris convince nonbelievers they need to adopt a spirituality divorced from religion?

Atheists Want You to Sit Down for the Pledge of Allegiance

A humanist group says the phrase “under God” equates to an unconstitutional establishment of religion.

InterVarsity Banned from Two Dozen College Campuses

California State University says the Christian group’s leadership policy conflicts with its state-mandated nondiscrimination policy.

IRS Agrees to Monitor Churches for Electioneering

In a settlement with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the IRS has agreed to monitor churches in keeping with its anti-electioneering provisions.

The ‘Greater Light’ House: Nantucket’s Quaker Past

Greater Light, an old Nantucket home that was reopened in 2011, tells an unusual story of divine inspiration and two Quaker women.

Praying Without a God

After last month’s Supreme Court ruling for Greece v. Galloway, the practice of atheist prayer is spreading throughout the country.

Atheist or Believer? Frank Schaeffer Is a Bit of Both

Frank Schaeffer’s new book embraces the fuzziness and confusion of being an atheist who believes in God.

Air Force Academy drops ‘So help me God’ from honor oath

RNS () — Air Force Academy cadets will no longer be required to include the words “so help me God” … Continued

Atheists step in to help Ohio pastor assaulted by ‘militant atheist’

RNS () — A prominent Chicago atheist is reaching out to an Ohio pastor who was brutally beaten by a … Continued

Oprah interview stirs debate: What is an atheist?

RNS () — What was supposed to be a touchy-feely, one-on-one interview by Oprah Winfrey with long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad … Continued

Hispanics increasingly identify as ‘nones’

RNS () — The number of Hispanic-Americans who say they adhere to no religion is growing and now rivals the … Continued