The role of religious affiliation in the United States is changing.
According to a recent survey from the Pew Forum, one in five Americans is not affiliated with any religion.
A small part of this growing group is made up of atheists.
Last weekend, hundreds of atheists gathered in the Bible Belt – Springfield, to be exact – for Skepticon, a national skeptics convention. Not all skeptics are atheists, but many of them are.
Springfield officials have certified the signatures on a petition that seeks to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the city.
Supporters of a petition to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Springfield are running out of time to collect enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.
Activists have submitted a petition that seeks to decriminalize marijuana in Springfield.
The Springfield News-Leader reported that petitions with more than 2,500 signatures were submitted Friday to the Springfield city clerk.
Assistant City Clerk Anita Cotter says about 2,100 valid signatures are needed to move the petition forward to City Council, which could pass the petition or submit it to a vote.
Show-Me Cannabis Regulation board member Maranda Reynolds says the group continues collecting signatures in case some of the ones it submitted aren't useable.