What does Martian wind sound like? Now we know
Dec 10, 2018 · 2 

By Soo Youn and David Kerley For the first time, humans can hear wind from Mars. InSight, or NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport lander, provided the first “sounds” of Martian winds to human ears on Friday. The spacecraft’s sensors captured a “haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind,” a …

Hundreds of sex abuse allegations found in fundamental Baptist churches across U.S.
Dec 10, 2018 · 12 

By Sarah Smith Joy Evans Ryder was 15 years old when she says her church youth director pinned her to his office floor and raped her. “It’s OK. It’s OK,” he told her. “You don’t have to be afraid of anything.” He straddled her with his knees, and she looked off into the corner, crying …

California DOJ Allows Catholic Hospital Groups to Merge, Raising Questions About Patient Access
Dec 10, 2018

By Amy Chen & Hayley Penan Imagine lying in an operating room, bright fluorescent lights shine in your eyes as a blur of health providers move around you preparing the room for emergency surgery. In the midst of this chaos, a nurse asks you why your chart says female when you present as male. The reality …

Trump’s Attorney General Pick William Barr Rejects Separation Of Church And State
Dec 10, 2018 · 1 

By Michael Stone Theocracy alert: Trump’s Attorney General Pick William Barr is a Catholic conservative who rejects the separation of church and state, calls secularists “fanatics,” and blames secularism for “moral decline.” Earlier today Trump announced he would nominate William Barr to succeed Jeff Sessions as the nation’s attorney general. Barr previously served as attorney general under …

D.C. may soon have America’s toughest conversion therapy ban
Dec 7, 2018

By Alex Bollinger The D.C. Council approved two pro-LGBTQ bills and one “Sense of the Council” resolution yesterday. The first bill – the Conversion Therapy for Consumers Under a Conservatorship or Guardianship Amendment Act of 2018 – bans licensed mental health professionals from providing conversion therapy for “a consumer for whom a conservator or guardian has been …

Republican in Disputed North Carolina Race Is Favorite of Christian Right
Dec 7, 2018

By Elizabeth Dias On election night, in the back room of an exclusive country club outside of Charlotte, N.C., Mark Harris, a pastor turned politician, gathered a small group of friends and advisers to pray as they waited for the results. A longtime friend and fellow pastor, Mike Whitson, assured Mr. Harris, the Republican congressional …

God Declares Swamp Drained at Mar-a-Lago Super PAC Fundraiser
Dec 7, 2018 · 5 

By Lachlan Markay God told attendees of a political fundraising event at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last month that the president is, indeed, draining the swamp. The message was enthusiastically passed on by an evangelical pastor attending the lavish late November gathering for the American Pro-Israel PAC, a new pro-Trump political group courting donors with an …

Catholic Chastity Speaker Tells TX Public School Students “Safe Sex Isn’t Safe”
Dec 7, 2018

By Hemant Mehta A Texas school district invited an abstinence-only advocate to speak to students during the school day recently, and they were rewarded with the exact kind of misinformation you’d expect from someone whose sex education résumé consists solely of the word “Don’t.” Jason Evert, a Catholic author, told kids at Industrial High School in Vanderbilt …

China Preps for Launch of Historic Mission to Moon’s Far Side on Friday
Dec 6, 2018 · 1 

By Leonard David China is getting set to launch the first-ever surface mission to the moon’s far side. The robotic Chang’e 4 mission is scheduled to launch atop a Long March 3B rocket on Friday (Dec. 7) at around 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT; 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 local China time). If all goes according to …

Republicans are taxing churches to help corporations. Really.
Dec 6, 2018 · 1 

By E.J. Dionne, Jr. Republicans tax churches to help pay for big corporate giveaway. You would be forgiven for thinking this is a headline from the Onion or the fantasy of some left-wing website. But it’s exactly what happened in the big corporate tax cut the GOP passed last year. Now — under pressure from churches, synagogues …

Every President Recited The Apostles’ Creed Except Trump, And People Definitely Noticed
Dec 6, 2018 · 2 

By Ed Mazza People on Twitter are calling out President Donald Trump for failing to recite the Apostles’ Creed at the funeral for former President George H. W. Bush on Wednesday. Footage from the event shows much of the church, including the former presidents seated with Trump, standing to recite the profession of faith. Trump and …

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Names Of Predator Priests Will Be Kept Secret
Dec 6, 2018 · 2 

By Michael Stone What about the children? Pennsylvania Supreme court rules that the names of 11 priests accused of sexual abuse in an explosive grand jury report will remain secret. CNN reports: The Pennsylvania Supreme court has ordered that the names of 11 priests accused of sexual abuse in a grand jury report remain permanently …