Court upholds convictions against highest-ranking Catholic official jailed on charges of child sex abuse
Aug 21, 2019 · 2 

By A. Odysseus Patrick The most senior priest jailed for child abuse in the 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church failed to convince an Australian court on Wednesday that he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Australian Cardinal George Pell will have to continue to serve his six-year jail term for sexually assaulting …

Conservative Evangelicals Aren’t Hypocrites, They’re Sadists
Aug 21, 2019

By Daniel Schultz Late last week, my friend John Stoehr made a daring argument: “white evangelical Christian support for Donald Trump isn’t rooted in hypocrisy, contradiction or merely straying from the straight and narrow,” he said. “The reason they support a fascist president is simple: They’re sadists.” You have to read the article to capture the …

Why Secular Humanism can do what Atheism can’t.
Aug 20, 2019

By Scotty Hendricks People aren’t as religious as they used to be. The decline of these traditional belief systems is a tragedy for some and a cause for celebration for others. There is an element of it that causes a problem for everybody, though. As the old religious ties that bind decline, the communities associated with …

Why Some Christians ‘Love the Meanest Parts’ of Trump
Aug 19, 2019

By Emma Green Ben Howe is angry at evangelicals. As he describes it, he is angry that they didn’t just vote for Donald Trump in record numbers, but repeatedly provide moral cover for his outrageous failings. He is angry that leaders of the religious right, who long claimed to be the champions of American morality, …

Christian Right Loves Labor’s ‘License to Discriminate’ Rule
Aug 19, 2019

By Trudy Ring Leaders of the Christian right are loving the Department of Labor’s announcement that it wants to let companies with government contracts discriminate against those who offend a contractor’s religious beliefs. The DOL’s proposed rule, announced Wednesday, met with outrage from LGBTQ and other civil rights groups, which say it would allow even for-profit companies …

A Controversial Ten Commandments Monument Will Go Up at a PA Catholic School
Aug 19, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A giant Ten Commandments monument will go up outside Mary Queen of Apostles School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. That wouldn’t normally be a story — if anything, the most noteworthy thing about it is that a religious monument is going up outside a religious school for once — …

Trump administration proposes protecting federal contractors who fire or hire workers based on religious beliefs
Aug 16, 2019

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Julie Zauzmer The Labor Department announced a new proposal Wednesday aiming to give religious employers who seek federal contracts broad freedom to hire and fire workers. Some religious organizations praised the proposed rule as providing much-needed clarification, but opponents quickly decried it as a license to discriminate against LGBT people, …

A United Methodist group proposes a denominational breakup
Aug 16, 2019

By Yonat Shimron A dozen United Methodists meeting secretly in Indianapolis earlier this summer have unveiled a blueprint for spinning off one or two new denominations, hoping to put an end to decades of battles over LGBTQ inclusion. The plan would allow the United Methodist Church to create a new, fully independent body for more …

Atheist Group Wants to Help Other KY Schools Sidestep the “In God We Trust” Law
Aug 16, 2019

By Hemant Mehta There are currently nine states that have implemented laws forcing public schools to put up “In God We Trust” signs (with more trying to pass that legislation). Many of those states are very specific about the size of the displays… but not Kentucky. That’s why, yesterday, I could post about how the …

Woman Accuses NY Priest of Rape, Kicking Off Dozens of New Clergy Sex-Abuse Lawsuits
Aug 15, 2019

By Olivia Messer A New York woman who has waited decades to publicly accuse a Catholic priest of rape kicked off more than 100 lawsuits filed Wednesday after a new state law opened a one-year window for sexual-abuse survivors to seek justice. The 36-year-old, identified by the pseudonym Jane Doe, filed suit against the Roman …

U.S. Rep. Steve King: If not for rape and incest, ‘would there be any population left?’
Aug 15, 2019

By Robin Opsahl U.S. Rep. Steve King told the Westside Conservative Club on Wednesday that humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest. “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if …

‘The Family’: The Evangelicals Trying to Turn America Into a Theocracy
Aug 14, 2019

By Nick Schager According to The Family, Netflix’s unnerving new five-part documentary series, the most powerful club in America is a consortium of religious true believers bound by their fanatical love of Jesus. It has no official membership and requires no dues. It works overtime to avoid publicity. Its ranks are comprised of both Republicans and …