Arizona State Senator Rick Gray embarrassed himself and the state of Arizona on May 25, 2022 by claiming that forced religion would be the solution to mass shootings.

So what do the facts say on that?

Data is emerging using verifiable sources comparing church attendance and gun violence. And they're showing that the higher the weekly church attendance, the higher the firearm mortality rates. So Senator Gray’s admonition would result in more firearm deaths, not less.

The findings don't stop there. Violent crime rates are lower in more secular nations and more secular states compared to religious ones. In fact, the safest cities in the world are nearly all in nonreligious countries or US regions.

Our Legal Director Dianne Post has compiled these findings and more in a scathing op-ed you'll want to read immediately... and share about as much as you can.

WEDNESDAY at 6PM: Hear from Scottsdale school board candidates

In round 3 of our 2022 Virtual Candidate Forum series, hear from candidates in one of Arizona's most controversial school districts. We'll ask people running for Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board important questions about civil rights, separation of church and state, and more.

JUST ANNOUNCED: A chat with journalist Jen Fifield!

Join us 6/16 at 6pm for a chat about elections, misinformation, and more with award-winning investigative journalist Jen Fifield of VoteBeat and AZ Mirror, formerly of AZ Republic!
Jen has been published in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, PBS NewsHour and other outlets. Regional press associations in Arizona and Maryland have recognized her investigative and feature reporting, as well as my coverage of local politics and education. The talk is sure to be insightful.

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