Why the Partisan Divide? The U.S. Is Becoming More Secular—and More Religious
Nov 24, 2020

By Spencer James, Hal Boyd, and Jason Carroll From a global pandemic and nationwide protests to a contested presidential election, this year seems tailor-made to expose America’s partisan fault lines. Those hoping for a blue or red wave to unite the country on election night were undoubtedly disappointed. What the returns revealed instead was a …

I Grew Up Surrounded By Religious Fanatics. Here’s What I Know About Trump Supporters.
Nov 24, 2020

By Olivia Christensen During the days immediately after the election, most of which I spent doomscrolling through social media on my phone in a kind of trance, my childhood best friend sent me a clip. Her caption was simple: “When people ask me why I don’t go to church anymore.” I gave the wry chuckle …

Christian couple who said they would try to “cure” a gay kid sues foster agency for denying them
Nov 24, 2020

By Bil Browning Byron and Keira Hordyk, an Australian evangelical Christian couple who applied to be foster parents, are suing for “religious discrimination” after they were denied. They say the foster agency’s decision wasn’t based on whether or not they can provide a loving home to a child but instead on their anti-LGBTQ religious beliefs. The couple …

Conservative Christians Reject Science, Ignore Holiday COVID Restrictions
Nov 23, 2020 · 1 

By Michael Stone Anti-Science: Conservative Christians are rejecting science and choosing to ignore holiday COVID restrictions, placing themselves, those they love, and everyone else at risk. For example, Trump-loving megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress says he will ignore the scientists advice about Thanksgiving gatherings, declaring: I’m Listening to God, Not the WHO Newsweek reports: Pastor Robert Jeffress, …

Trumpism After Trump? How Fox News Structures Republican Attitudes
Nov 23, 2020

By PRRI Staff In the wake of President Donald Trump’s 2020 electoral loss, one key question is what kind of future the unique style of politics he carved out has in the Republican Party. Colloquially, this question is often put this way: What becomes of Trumpism after Trump? To answer that question, it is important …

Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Satanists’ Faith-Based Abortion Case
Nov 23, 2020

By Hemant Mehta This morning, the Supreme Court announced it would not hear a case brought to them by Satanists who were hoping to overturn Missouri’s medically unnecessary abortion laws. There was no explanation offered with the dismissal, as is typical. There simply weren’t enough judges who wanted to hear this case. Here’s the backstory: As the law stands …

Appeals Court: For Now, a Nativity Scene Can Go Up Outside an Indiana Courthouse
Nov 20, 2020

By Hemant Mehta A Nativity scene outside a former Indiana courthouse will remain up this winter even though it was declared unconstitutional earlier this year. But that victory for conservative Christians may not last for long. Some background is helpful here: All of this takes place in the city of Brownstown at the site of …

Trump Judges Block Laws Banning LGBTQ “Conversion Therapy” for Minors
Nov 20, 2020 · 1 

By Mark Joseph Stern A federal appeals court blocked bans on LGBTQ “conversion therapy” for minors on Friday, finding that two Florida cities violate the First Amendment with laws that seek to protect children from the harmful and discredited practice. Both judges in the majority are Federalist Society members appointed by President Donald Trump. Their …

The Latinx Culture War Is The Untold Story Of The 2020 Election
Nov 20, 2020

By Juhem Navarro-Rivera This year as turnout increased among all groups, and despite losing the popular vote again, Donald Trump gained over 10 million votes. Media narratives have placed a lot of attention on the Latinx vote since the president seems to have gained substantial support among this cohort. While two-thirds of Latinxs voted for …

Ex-Students at Seventh-day Adventist School Settle Abuse Claims for $52 Million
Nov 19, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Miracle Meadows School, a Seventh-day Adventist-run alternative school in Salem, West Virginia, made headlines for all the wrong reasons back in 2014. The year-round school encouraged parents to send kids there if they were dishonest, defiant, or experiencing “spiritual disinterest.” And many parents did, in part because the staff members were said to …

At annual meeting, U.S. Catholic bishops debate McCarrick report and whether it proves they need more lay oversight
Nov 19, 2020

By Michelle Boorstein One week after a bombshell Vatican report about the rise of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, U.S. bishops debated the report’s import Monday at their biannual meeting, with some saying it left out the role of money, others saying it shows the bishop-picking process needs fixing, and still others disagreeing about whether it showed …

It’s Not About Facts Or Fear: What Many Liberals Get Wrong About Religious Conservatives
Nov 19, 2020

By John Stoehr On Monday, the Times ran an article as significant as it was generally overlooked. It was a short interview with Matthew Sheffield, a key architect of the right-wing media apparatus that not only spreads “alternative facts” but maintains an “alternative reality” that millions of Americans inhabit. “I basically built the infrastructure for a lot of …