The “Spiritual Warfare” Worldview of Trump’s Conspiracy Doctor is Part of a Transnational Movement
Aug 4, 2020

By André Gagné Dr. Stella Immanuel received considerable attention after President Donald Trump retweeted a video where she recommends the use of hydroxychloroquine and asserts that masks are unnecessary to halt the transmission of COVID-19. More information about the actors who funded the video retweeted by Trump has also been uncovered. But what’s been a major source of …

The Supreme Court’s Religious Crusaders Take On the Pandemic Response
Aug 3, 2020

By Linda Greenhouse I know I should be jaded by now by the persistence of the Supreme Court’s conservative justices in seeking to elevate religious interests over those of secular society. After all, in the closing days of the court’s term, religious employers won the right to withhold from female employees the contraception coverage to which federal …

It’ll Cost $850 to Clean Arkansas’ Ten Commandments Monument After “Anointing”
Jul 31, 2020 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta The other day, I mentioned that four women had “anointed” the stand-alone Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas State Capitol. The women weren’t charged with any crimes mostly because Capitol officials said there wasn’t any criminal intent and no clear cut evidence of damage, at least at the time. I wanted to ask State Sen. Jason Rapert, …

Alabama politician resigns as a Southern Baptist pastor after KKK leader’s birthday celebration
Jul 31, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Alabama state Rep. Will Dismukes (R) said this week that he has no plans to resign from his state legislator position amid national calls for him to step down after he attended a private celebration of the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. On Wednesday night, however, he resigned …

Atheists Warn Spokane Sheriff Against Using Bible-Based Training Program
Jul 30, 2020

By Hemant Mehta In October, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in Washington will require employees to attend a two-day “Bulletproof Warrior” training seminar. The seminar received renewed attention a couple of years ago when it was discovered that the cop involved in the murder of Philando Castile had been an attendee. It also doesn’t help that the …

Man shot dead for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan courtroom
Jul 30, 2020 · 1 

By Asad Hashim A man accused of blasphemy for claiming that he was a prophet has been shot dead in a courtroom in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police officials say, the latest violence associated with Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws. Tahir Ahmad Naseem was shot six times during a hearing in his case at …

Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Blogger Convicted for Supporting LGBT Rights
Jul 29, 2020

By Human Rights Watch A Saudi court sentenced a Yemeni blogger to jail and then deportation to Yemen for a social media post supporting equal rights for all in Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said today. After a trial in which he was provided no counsel, Mohamad al-Bokari, a Yemeni living in Riyadh, was sentenced on July 20, 2020 …

Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine
Jul 29, 2020 · 5 

By Will Sommer A Houston doctor who praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus has become a star on the right-wing internet, garnering tens of millions of views on Facebook on Monday alone. Donald Trump Jr. declared the video of Stella Immanuel a “must watch,” while Donald …

Racism among white Christians is higher than among the nonreligious. That’s no coincidence.
Jul 29, 2020

By Robert P. Jones, CEO and founder PRRI Over the last several weeks, the United States has engaged in a long-overdue reckoning with the racist symbols of the past, tearing down monuments to figures complicit in slavery and removing Confederate flags from public displays. But little scrutiny has been given to the cultural institutions that …

Atheist Group: The IRS Must Investigate Megachurch That Endorsed Trump and Pence
Jul 28, 2020 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta One month ago, Vice President Mike Pence visited First Baptist, the Dallas megachurch of Pastor Robert Jeffress, for an event called “Celebrate Freedom Sunday.” If you heard anything about it in the news, it may have been because we learned after the event that several members of the church’s choir and orchestra had tested positive for COVID before Pence gave …

Rep. Ted Yoho resigns from board of Christian organization following AOC incident
Jul 27, 2020 · 2 

By Kelly Mena Florida GOP Rep. Ted Yoho has resigned from the board of a Christian organization that works to fight hunger following his tense exchange with Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Chris Ford, the deputy director for strategic communications and campaigns of Bread for the World, on Saturday evening confirmed Yoho’s resignation to CNN. …

Bread for the World ‘deeply concerned’ by board member Yoho’s attack on Ocasio-Cortez
Jul 24, 2020

By Alejandra Molina Bread for the World, a prominent Christian advocacy group for which Florida Rep. Ted Yoho serves as a board member, said the Republican lawmaker’s recent behavior toward Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not reflective of the “respect and compassion that Jesus calls on us to exhibit every day.” “Bread for the World …