North Dakota governor blasts party’s anti-LGBTQ resolution
Jul 24, 2020

By the Associated Press North Dakota’s Republican governor on Thursday blasted an anti-LGBTQ resolution that was passed by hundreds of his party’s delegates, calling it insulting and divisive. The resolution — one of dozens of party policy statements in a passed by this spring by mail-in ballot — states that many “LGBT practices are unhealthy …

Religious leaders warn against Pompeo’s push for religious freedom as priority human right
Jul 23, 2020

By Laura Kelly More than 30 faith leaders on Monday issued a warning against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s new push to put property rights and religious freedom at the forefront of American diplomacy. In a statement, faith leaders across denominations warned that Pompeo’s push for a hierarchy of rights with religious freedom at the top “will …

Teachers at religious schools fear Supreme Court took away their civil rights
Jul 23, 2020

By Yonat Shimron As a religious studies teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, a Catholic High School in San Francisco, Ish Ruiz knows he’s probably considered a “minister” by the archdiocese. But he’s also charged with helping teachers in secular subjects discover their spiritual gifts, or charism, in Catholic nomenclature. A recent Supreme Court decision …

Ultra-Orthodox Parties Seethe After Vote on LGBTQ Conversion Therapy
Jul 22, 2020

By Jonathan Lis and Aaron Rabinowitz Ultra-Orthodox parties condemned Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party for its support of a bill banning so-called conversion therapy for the LGBTQ community, defying the coalition’s stance, and threatened consequences including cutting ties with the coalition. In response to the vote, the ultra-Orthodox Shas party said it would …

How Will the Nones Vote in 2020?
Jul 21, 2020 · 2 

By Ryan P. Burge, Eastern Illinois University One of the primary threads in the study of American politics and religion is the ever increasing God Gap. Simply put, the Republican Party is one that caters to people of faith (specifically theologically conservative Christians), while the Democrats find a good portion of their base among people who …

Biden’s bid touts faith, courts even religious conservatives
Jul 20, 2020 · 1 

By Elana Schor and Jack Jenkins President Donald Trump’s appeal to religious conservatives is a cornerstone of his political identity. But Joe Biden is a different kind of foe than Trump has faced before: one who makes faith a central part of his persona — often literally wearing it on his sleeve. In fact, Biden’s …

The Truth About Trump’s Evangelical Support
Jul 20, 2020 · 3 

By Matthew Avery Sutton Donald Trump has never pretended to practice traditional Christian virtues. Yet in 2016 he earned 81 percent of the white evangelical vote—a higher percentage than George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, or John McCain. Trump’s success surprised a lot of us: How could a group of staunchly moral religious voters give their support …

Secretary of State Unveils Christian Nationalist Agenda in Commission Report
Jul 17, 2020 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta Yesterday, during an event at the National Constitution Center, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke about a new report from the “Commission on Unalienable Rights,” a group he assembled in May of 2019. That announcement was disturbing on its own because Pompeo spoke fondly of the country’s “founding principles of natural law and natural rights.” Natural. That’s …

White House: ‘Science Should Not Stand In The Way’ Of Sending Kids Back To School
Jul 17, 2020 · 6 

By Michael Stone Deplorable: Determined to send kids back to school no matter the danger, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany argues that “science should not stand in the way” of sending kids back to school, later claiming that “the science is on our side here.” The Week reports: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany suggested …

Robert Jeffress: We Allowed Atheists and Infidels to “Pervert Our Constitution”
Jul 16, 2020 · 4 

By Beth Stoneburner Not only is America a Christian country, but the Constitution has been perverted by infidels and atheists, according to MAGA cultist and Trump sycophant Pastor Robert Jeffress. He made the comments on his “Pathway to Victory” broadcast during a series of episodes earlier this month promoting the Christian Nation myth. In the excerpt below, he was complaining …

8 facts about religion and government in the United States
Jul 16, 2020

By Dalia Fahmy The separation of church and state has come under scrutiny again this summer after the Supreme Court sided with religious conservatives in a series of rulings. One of the rulings allows states to fund religious schools indirectly, while another protects religious schools from federal employment discrimination lawsuits. Americans have been debating where to draw the line …

Coronavirus: Blogger Emna Charqui given jail term over Koran-style post
Jul 15, 2020 · 1 

By the BBC A blogger in Tunisia has been sentenced to six months in prison after sharing a satirical post about Covid-19 written in the form of a verse from the Koran. Emna Charqui, 28, was arrested in May for sharing a message on Facebook urging people to follow hygiene rules in the style of …