Turkish activists oppose amnesties for child rapists
Jan 24, 2020

By Bethan McKernan Turkey’s ruling party has begun a second attempt at introducing a law to grant rapists amnesty as long as they marry their victim, four years after a similar bill sparked outrage at home and internationally. The legislation, which was first debated by parliament on 16 January, would give men suspended sentences for …

Science ranks grow thin in Trump administration
Jan 24, 2020

By Annie Gowen, Juliet Eilperin, Ben Guarino, and Andrew Ba Tran Dozens of government computers sit in a nondescript building here, able to connect to a data model that could help farmers manage the impact of a changing climate on their crops. But no one in this federal agency would know how to access the …

DeVos compares abortion rights debate to slavery
Jan 24, 2020

By Nicole Gaudiano Education Secretary Betsy DeVos compared the abortion rights debate to the battle to eliminate slavery during remarks at a Colorado Christian University event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night. DeVos, a Christian conservative, discussed the Trump administration’s record of opposition to abortion, and said she was reminded of President Abraham Lincoln. “He, …

School Voucher SCOTUS Case Isn’t About ‘Choice,’ It’s About Coerced Support For Religion
Jan 23, 2020

By Andrew L. Seidel Before walking over to the Senate to preside over Donald Trump’s impeachment, this morning Chief Justice John Roberts presided over one of the most significant cases before the Supreme Court, Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue. Some argue that this is a case about religious discrimination or school choice. It’s not. …

Trump to become the first president to speak in person at March for Life
Jan 23, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey President Trump announced Wednesday that he will attend Friday’s March for Life, the annual gathering of antiabortion protesters to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion decision. While other presidents have addressed the annual rally by phone or sent video greetings, Trump would be the first to …

Utah bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ children
Jan 23, 2020

By the Associated Press The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it. Supporters navigated a winding path to passage and some dissent remains, but barring it in Utah could give a boost to similar efforts in other right-leaning states, …

Another Anti-LGBTQ Bill Emerges in Tennessee
Jan 22, 2020

By Trudy Ring Just after Tennessee lawmakers passed a “license to discriminate” bill covering adoption agencies, the measure’s chief sponsor wants to move forward with legislation that would undermine local efforts to support LGBTQ equality. State Sen. Paul Rose, a Republican who calls himself a Christian conservative, is pressing the Senate to take up a bill, …

Religious wars: With the Christian right on the offensive, activists are fighting back
Jan 21, 2020

By Paul Rosenberg Last Thursday, Jan. 16, was Religious Freedom Day. As befits his mendacious nature, Donald Trump “honored” it by promoting two policies profoundly at odds with the original meaning of what religious freedom is all about: a license to discriminate with federal funds, both in employment and in provision of services, and new pressure on public schools to …

Study finds shock rise in levels of potent greenhouse gas
Jan 21, 2020

By Matthew Taylor Efforts to reduce levels of one potent greenhouse gas appear to be failing, according to a study. Scientists had expected to find a dramatic reduction in levels of the hydrofluorocarbon HFC-23 in the atmosphere after India and China, two of the main sources, reported in 2017 that they had almost completely eliminated …

Satanic Temple Attorney Discusses Cancelled Scottsdale Prayer Invite
Jan 21, 2020

By Joseph Laycock This week, on the 22nd and 23rd of January, The Satanic Temple (TST) and the city of Scottsdale will meet in court to determine whether TST’s lawsuit over a retracted prayer invitation will proceed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit began in 2016 when Scottsdale—which recently voted to spend another $130,000 to fight …

Religious-schools case heads to a Supreme Court skeptical of stark lines between church and state
Jan 21, 2020

By Robert Barnes It is a blessed time at Stillwater Christian School, where Scripture adorns the gymnasium wall, enrollment is climbing and Head of School Jeremy Marsh awaits the four new classrooms that will be built in the spring. It is a place that embraces the beliefs that sinners avoid eternal condemnation only through Jesus Christ, that …

Trump Unveils More Anti-LGBTQ ‘License to Discriminate’ Plans
Jan 20, 2020

By Trudy Ring Donald Trump’s administration has made yet another move to enable discrimination, including anti-LGBTQ discrimination, in the name of “religious freedom.” On Thursday, National Religious Freedom Day, Trump announced his administration is issuing nine proposed rules that govern how faith-based nonprofits with government contracts interact with their clients, reversing regulations put in place …