A Mississippi Teacher Told Students He Hoped They Would All “Find Jesus Someday”
Oct 14, 2019

By Hemant Mehta The American Humanist Association says a Mississippi teacher and football coach at Bay High School has repeatedly violated the Constitution by pushing his Christian faith on students and athletes. In a letter sent to the school’s principal and district superintendent, the AHA documented instances of Eric Collins proselytizing to kids. He told kids in his class he hoped …

Uganda plans bill imposing death penalty for gay sex
Oct 14, 2019

By Nita Bhalla Uganda announced plans on Thursday for a bill that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals, saying the legislation would curb a rise in unnatural sex in the east African nation. The bill – colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda – was nullified five years ago on a technicality and …

Barr slams attacks on religious values, says ‘moral upheaval’ leading to societal ills
Oct 14, 2019 · 1 

By David Shortell Attorney General Bill Barr decried attacks on religious values in a speech Friday, tying a movement of “militant secularism” to societal maladies including the opioid epidemic and “an increase in senseless violence.” Speaking to an audience at the University of Notre Dame Law School, Barr outlined a grim vision of cultural trends, saying a …

As STI Rates Soar, Trump Is Funding Clinics That Don’t Believe in Condoms
Oct 11, 2019 · 3 

By Marie Solis Amid record rates of sexually transmitted infections, the Trump administration is handing out millions of dollars in federal funds to religiously affiliated health centers that don’t believe in condoms and refuse to supply them. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report on STDs in the United States, announcing that, …

Trump’s Bible Study Leader is Working with a Homophobic Ukrainian Politician
Oct 11, 2019

By Megan Hamilton He teaches weekly Bible study classes for members of the Trump administration and members of Congress. As the founder of Capitol Ministries, he counts Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos among his followers. He uses his influence with Donald Trump and those around him to tighten his octopus-like grip on countries, including Honduras, Nicaragua, and several other Latin …

Are cracks showing in Trump’s support with evangelicals?
Oct 11, 2019

By Eugene Scott Since the earliest days of his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has been able to rely on the support of the white evangelical community when other groups have walked away. But this week has revealed two specific incidents suggesting that the president’s grip on this group of conservative Christians might not be …

After Simple Request, Indiana Official Tells Atheists to Stop “Causing Trouble”
Oct 10, 2019

By Hemant Mehta During a meeting of the Porter County Board of Commissioners in Indiana yesterday, there was a heated discussion over who could use the local courthouse lawn on December 6, where religious displays had previously been allowed. For years now, a local non-profit group called Valparaiso Events has booked the space for a …

‘Render to God and Trump’: Ralph Reed calls for 2020 obedience to Trump
Oct 10, 2019

By Gabby Orr One of Donald Trump’s most prominent Christian supporters will argue in a book due out before the 2020 general election that American evangelicals “have a moral obligation to enthusiastically back” the president. The book’s author, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, became a loyal foot soldier for Trump immediately after he …

Iran Could Execute Popular Singer Accused of Being Gay
Oct 9, 2019

By Matt Baume A popular Iranian singer could face the death penalty following accusations that he’s gay, according to BBC reporter Ali Hamedani. The singer in question is Mohsen Lorestani, a resident of the Kurdish province of Kermanshah. While information is limited, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network reports that he has been charged with “corruption on …

The Supreme Court Rejected a Case About the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Sex Abuse
Oct 9, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced that it would not take up a wild case concerning the organization that oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We can breathe a huge sigh of relief that the case won’t be overturned. (In that link, it’s case 19-40 on page 42.) The case, which involved child molestation and religious secrecy, centered around …

Christians urge California governor to veto bill for abortion pill access at colleges
Oct 9, 2019

By Alejandra Molina LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Christian organizations are urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a bill that would require the state’s public universities to offer abortion medication through campus health clinics. If signed into law, the “College Student Right to Access Act,” or SB 24, would take effect in January 2023. Newsom has until Sunday (Oct. …

Satanic Temple Considers Legal Action Against School Censorship
Oct 8, 2019

By Joseph P. Laycock The Satanic Temple (TST) has another legal challenge on the horizon, this time concerning which websites students can access from public schools. In February, Malcolm Jarry of TST’s executive ministry received two emails from students complaining that TST’s website is blocked on school computers, though they were able to access the websites for …