It’s Starting To Look Like God Won’t Save Us From Global Warming
Apr 25, 2019

By Dan Vergano God help us, but it looks like religion isn’t the answer to climate change. Nearly four years ago, Pope Francis released a groundbreaking letter, Laudato Si, On the Care of Our Common Home, calling on the world — and its 1.2 billion Catholics — to curb manmade global warming. “We are presently witnessing a …

Court Upholds Philadelphia’s Stance Against Anti-Gay Foster Care Agencies
Apr 24, 2019

By David G. McAfee Finally, something we can celebrate. The city of Philadelphia’s decision not to send foster children to agencies that refuse to work with same-sex couples was unanimously vindicated by an appellate court. A local Republican may have said not sending kids to such faith-based agencies amounted to “anti-religious” discrimination, but the Third Circuit Court …

Mick Mulvaney: Faith is driving many Trump administration policies
Apr 24, 2019

By Jack Jenkins White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney declared at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday (April 23) that faith drives the Trump administration’s policy proposals, arguing that “the principles of our faith (are) being manifest” under the president’s watch. Also in attendance at the breakfast — a largely conservative religious gathering …

Organized religion is losing its followers
Apr 23, 2019 · 2 

By Jennifer Rubin CNN reports, “For the first time ‘No Religion’ has topped a survey of Americans’ religious identity, according to a new analysis by a political scientist. The non-religious edged out Catholics and evangelicals in the long-running General Social Survey.” Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, found …

Appeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers
Apr 22, 2019 · 3 

By Tal Alexrod A federal appeals court handed a legal victory to House Rev. Patrick J. Conroy on Good Friday when it ruled he cannot be forced to let an atheist offer a secular prayer on the chamber floor. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a claim brought by Dan Barker, co-president …

Anti-vax parents lose in NY court, face steep fines for not vaccinating
Apr 19, 2019

By Beth Mole A Brooklyn judge on Thursday rejected the petition from five anonymous anti-vaccine mothers who attempted to block the city’s recent vaccination mandate amid the largest measles outbreak the city has seen in several decades. And the city wasted no time enforcing its upheld order. As the judge made his decision Thursday, city health officials doled out the …

Christian Bigot: If Pete Buttigieg Gets Elected, People Like Me “Will Be Hated”
Apr 19, 2019

By Hemant Mehta It’s been fascinating listening to anti-LGBTQ Christians flip out over the popularity of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. They act like he would get gay cooties all over the Oval Office if he won the election, while trapping the nation under the spell of his rainbow wand. The latest bigot to speak out is Peter LaBarbera of the group …

Pete Buttigieg Faces Anti-Gay Protesters at Iowa Campaign Rallies
Apr 18, 2019 · 2 

By Jeff Taylor Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced down anti-gay hecklers at two different campaign stops in Iowa on Tuesday. The protesters came in from out of state in both cases, and at one event yelled at various points about abortion and the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, often invoked as symbols of …

Catholic Agency Sues Michigan Over Adoption Rules Protecting LGBTQ+ People
Apr 18, 2019

By David G. McAfee The state of Michigan made a reasonable decision in order to reduce discrimination against LGBTQ+ families and, like clockwork, a faith-based institution is there to challenge the order. In this case, a Catholic adoption agency that was sued for discrimination by a same-sex couple is now itself suing the state. St. Vincent Catholic …

Bangladesh starlet apologises after ‘atheist’ comments
Apr 17, 2019

By the AFP A Bangladeshi actress has been forced to apologise after remarks construed as admitting atheism in a country where people have been murdered for renouncing religion. Safa Kabir, an actress and model who has appeared in top Bangladeshi television dramas, told a private radio station this week she did not believe in the …

Christian Pedophile Roy Moore Leads Alabama GOP 2020 Senate Race
Apr 17, 2019 · 1 

By Michael Stone Alabama Republicans love Christian pedophile Roy Moore: Conservative Christian darling and former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore leads the field of potential 2020 Senate Republican candidates. Alabama Politics reports: A new poll released Tuesday has former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore as the top choice among GOP primary voters likely to vote …

Justice Thomas Fails on Religious Test Answer
Apr 16, 2019

By Andrew L. Seidel It’s amazing how much a Supreme Court justice can get wrong in one answer. And how little that Supreme Court justice—an originalist at that—seems to know about the origins of our Constitution. Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at Pepperdine Law School a few weeks ago. Pepperdine is of course a Christian school with a religious …