Drinking bleach will not cure cancer or autism, FDA warns
Aug 14, 2019 · 1 

By Tim Stelloh and Brandy Zadrozny Federal regulators issued a warning Monday urging people not to drink a chlorine dioxide solution that is often promoted online as a remedy for autism, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other conditions. The products — known as Miracle Mineral Solution, MMS and Chlorine Dioxide Protocol among other monikers — have not been approved …

‘The Family’: The Evangelicals Trying to Turn America Into a Theocracy
Aug 14, 2019

By Nick Schager According to The Family, Netflix’s unnerving new five-part documentary series, the most powerful club in America is a consortium of religious true believers bound by their fanatical love of Jesus. It has no official membership and requires no dues. It works overtime to avoid publicity. Its ranks are comprised of both Republicans and …

Beyond ‘Thoughts and Prayers’: How the Christian Right’s Politics of Providentialism Keeps America from Addressing Gun Violence
Aug 14, 2019

By Chrissy Stroop Another day in these United States, another mass shooting. Before the country could even begin mourning the 21 human beings senselessly killed at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on August 3rd, we learned that another nine human lives had been snuffed out in the wee hours of August 4th outside a …

Astronomers Uncover 39 Ancient Galaxies — Moving So Fast That Even Hubble Can’t See Them
Aug 14, 2019

By Rafi Letzter Ancient, massive galaxies haunting the dusty reaches of our universe have been in hiding, invisible to the eyes of the famous Hubble Space Telescope. But now, astronomers sifting through infrared data have discovered 39 of them — lurking in strange places from the early universe where (and when) the night sky would …

The Religious Hunger of the Radical Right
Aug 14, 2019 · 1 

By Tara Isabella Burton Domestic right-wing terrorists, like the man accused of the shooting last weekend in El Paso, are not so different from their radical Islamist counterparts across the globe — and not only in their tactics for spreading terror or in their internet-based recruiting. Indeed, it is impossible to understand America’s resurgence of reactionary …

Our Galaxy’s Black Hole Suddenly Lit Up and Nobody Knows Why
Aug 14, 2019

By Becky Ferreira The supermassive black hole that lives at the center of our galaxy has been mysteriously sparkling as of late, and nobody knows the reason. This dark behemoth, known as as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), is four million times as massive as the Sun. Though no light escapes its boundaries, astronomers can observe the hole’s …

Trump administration weakens Endangered Species Act
Aug 13, 2019

By Jonathan Lambert President Donald Trump’s administration is making drastic changes to how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is applied. The revisions weaken protections for threatened species, and will allow federal agencies to conduct economic analyses when deciding whether to protect a species. The changes, finalized by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the …

‘Using the Lord’s name in vain’: Evangelicals chafe at Trump’s blasphemy
Aug 13, 2019 · 1 

By Gabby Orr Paul Hardesty didn’t pay much attention to President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., last month until a third concerned constituent rang his cellphone. The residents of Hardesty’s district — he’s a Trump-supporting, West Virginia state senator — were calling to complain that Trump was “using the Lord’s name in vain,” …

Famed Christian Songwriter Renounces Religion: “I’m Genuinely Losing My Faith”
Aug 13, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Another prominent Christian is now publicly saying he’s no longer a believer. (For once, Joshua Harris started a positive trend!) This time, it’s Australian songwriter Marty Sampson, well-known in the contemporary Christian music scene for his work with the bands Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United, Delirious?, and Young & Free. (Hillsong Church is a prominent megachurch based in Australia that puts …

Transgender student suspended from Christian college after top surgery
Aug 13, 2019 · 1 

By Gwen Aviles A transgender male student was suspended from a Christian college because of his gender identity on the same day he got surgery to remove breast tissue. Yanna Awtrey, 21, was staying with family friends for the summer before his junior year at Welch College, a Free Will Baptists Church institution, in Gallatin, …

No Tie Between Mental Illness and Gun Violence
Aug 7, 2019 · 2 

By Arash Javanbakht, Wayne State University President Donald Trump called for reform of mental health laws on the heels of two deadly shootings that claimed the lives of at least 31 people and left a grief-stricken country in disbelief. The president, saying that “hatred and mental illness pulls the trigger, not the gun,” also called for better identification of …

The Mormon Church Just Got Sued for Perpetuating a Giant “Scheme of Lies”
Aug 7, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A woman who grew up in the Mormon Church is suing it — the whole damn religion — for lying to her. Laura A. Gaddy filed the class action lawsuit this week, and it’s a doozy. She insists that her lawsuit isn’t about the Church lying in the same way all religions make things up (otherwise …