249 Letters the fcc received in October 2001 about a bogus rumor that atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair was trying to ban any mention of God from public airwaves.
6 Number of years O'Hair had been dead by then.

16% All-time high percentage of college freshmen who indicate no religious preference.
66% Percentage of freshmen who pray or meditate at least once a week (67.7 in 2000).

75 Millions of dollars lost by Pat Robertson in a failed bid to open an oil refinery near Los Angeles.
33% Americans who consider themselves born again but not evangelical.

Related Elsewhere

Articles referenced above include:

Fighting a Myth Of Biblical ProportionsThe Washington Post (Dec. 26, 2001)
Grand Plan Haunts Pat RobertsonThe New York Times (Feb. 3, 2002)

Snopes' Urban Legend Reference Pages has more information on the continued false rumor about Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

Christianity Today's past Go Figure columns include:

Changes after September 11 (Nov. 12, 2001)
How many U.S. senior pastors have a gift of evangelism? (Dec. 14, 2001)
More Americans who read the Bible are "at peace" than those who don't. (Jan. 25, 2002)
Do Christian readers want more fiction or more Bible studies? (Feb. 6, 2002)

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