Texas judge warned for refusal to perform gay marriages
Dec 5, 2019

By Tim Fitzsimons Waco-based Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley’s refusal to perform gay weddings violates the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, a Texas judicial agency has said in a public warning. The “warning” from the Texas Commission on Judicial Misconduct states that Hensley has declined to perform gay weddings since …

Ohio bill orders doctors to ‘reimplant ectopic pregnancy’ or face ‘abortion murder’ charges
Dec 4, 2019

By Jessica Glenza A bill to ban abortion introduced in the Ohio state legislature requires doctors to “reimplant an ectopic pregnancy” into a woman’s uterus – a procedure that does not exist in medical science – or face charges of “abortion murder”. This is the second time practising obstetricians and gynecologists have tried to tell the Ohio …

U.S. Public Views on Climate and Energy
Dec 4, 2019

By Cary Funk and Meg Hefferon Majorities of Americans say the federal government is doing too little for key aspects of the environment, from protecting water or air quality to reducing the effects of climate change. And most believe the United States should focus on developing alternative sources of energy over expansion of fossil fuel …

Elizabeth Warren Was Asked About Her Plan to Protect “the Rights of Atheists”
Dec 3, 2019 · 11 

By Hemant Mehta During a rally in Iowa City last night, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren was asked by an audience member, “What is your plan for protecting the rights of atheists and other non-believers?” Warren gave a roundabout answer that didn’t really answer the question. Instead, she spoke about the importance of religious freedom. Actual religious freedom. Where there’s no …

China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West
Dec 3, 2019

By Sui-Lee Wee and Paul Mozur In a dusty city in the Xinjiang region on China’s western frontier, the authorities are testing the rules of science. With a million or more ethnic Uighurs and others from predominantly Muslim minority groups swept up in detentions across Xinjiang, officials in Tumxuk have gathered blood samples from hundreds of Uighurs …

Liberty University Launches “Think Tank” to Spread Right-Wing Misinformation
Dec 2, 2019 · 2 

By Hemant Mehta Liberty University just opened a “think tank” aimed at providing fodder for the Christian Nationalist side of the culture wars. The newly christened “Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty” — named after Liberty’s President Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk — was launched this morning to “equip courageous champions to proclaim the Truth of …

LISD ALG sex ed curriculum provided by crisis pregnancy center
Dec 2, 2019

By April S. Kelley Austin LifeGuard (ALG) provides the sex education curriculum for Leander ISD. ALG is an arm of Austin LifeCare, a self-described anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center, and sometimes offers incomplete information to scare students about sex. LISD has been teaching the same basic ALG program — an abstinence-plus curriculum that often promotes the dangers of …

A New Anti-Abortion Bill Could Require Death Certificates for Fertilized Eggs
Dec 2, 2019

By Marie Solis Anti-choice lawmakers in Pennsylvania have taken recent attempts to implement fetal personhood legislation to a new extreme: A new bill moving through the state legislature would redefine fetal death to mean death at any point in pregnancy, starting at conception, and require health providers to cremate or bury all fetal remains unless the pregnant …

Utah Governor Gets Mormon Church Behind Conversion Therapy Ban
Nov 27, 2019 · 1 

By Jacob Ogles Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says stakeholders, including the Mormon church, have agreed to rules implementing a ban on the practice of conversion therapy in the state. “I have learned much through this process,” Herbert said in a press release. “The stories of youth who have endured these so-called therapies are heart rending, and …

States Could Soon Be Forced to Fund Religious Education
Nov 27, 2019

By Lisa Needham In January, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could result in states being required to use taxpayer money to fund religious education. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, asks whether Montana must provide tax credits for scholarships to private religious schools. With the addition of Justices …

The apocalyptic myth that helps explain evangelical support for Trump
Nov 27, 2019

By Thomas Lecaque “God’s used imperfect people all through history. King David wasn’t perfect. Saul wasn’t perfect. Solomon wasn’t perfect,” outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” before going on to claim that he had given the president “a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago. And …

Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore Wants To Criminalize Gay Sex, Abortion
Nov 26, 2019

By Michael Stone U.S. Senate candidate and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he wants to criminalize gay sex and abortion, just like they did in the good old days. Moore, who has announced he is running for the U.S. Senate again, says he wants to take the U.S. back in time when gay sex …