The decline of religion in American family life
Dec 13, 2019

By Daniel A. Cox Most Americans today continue to be raised in a religious denomination or tradition. Only 12 percent of Americans report being raised outside a formal religious tradition. Half (50 percent) report being raised Protestant, close to three in 10 (29 percent) say they were raised Catholic, and significantly fewer Americans were brought …

India just redefined its citizenship criteria to exclude Muslims
Dec 13, 2019

By Sigal Samuel India is home to 200 million Muslims. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they have faced mounting threats to their status in the majority-Hindu country. And on Wednesday, they were walloped by a new worrisome development: The upper house of India’s Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). The legislation turns religion into a …

She needed to fill her prescription for the morning-after pill. The pharmacist refused because of his ‘beliefs.’
Dec 13, 2019 · 1 

By Katie Shepherd A severe snowstorm was brewing in McGregor, Minn., when Andrea Anderson called her doctor after a condom mishap left her in need of an emergency contraceptive to prevent an unwanted pregnancy last January. “The next morning, I got up and said, ‘We can’t roll the dice,’” she told KSTP. Her gynecologist told the 39-year-old mother …

Trump Asks Pastor Who Says Jews Are Going to Hell To Speak at Hanukkah Reception
Dec 12, 2019

By Hemant Mehta In a bizarre moment during the White House’s Hanukkah Reception yesterday, Donald Trump invited Pastor Robert Jeffress — Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress — to address the crowd. In case you’re not familiar with him, that would be the same Robert Jeffress who once said “you can’t be saved being a Jew” during a rant in which he also …

Atheist nurse wins fight to end mandatory 12-step addiction treatment for health staff in Vancouver
Dec 12, 2019

By Bethany Lindsay Health-care professionals who work in Vancouver-area hospitals and medical clinics will no longer be required to attend 12-step programs if they want to keep their jobs after being diagnosed with addiction. The change comes as a result of a settlement between public health authority Vancouver Coastal Health and former nurse Byron Wood, …

Suspect in Jersey City Linked to Black Hebrew Israelite Group
Dec 12, 2019 · 1 

By Michael Gold and Ali Watkins An assailant involved in the prolonged firefight in Jersey City, N.J., that left six people dead, including one police officer, was linked on Wednesday to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, and had published anti-Semitic posts online, a law enforcement official said. The violent rampage on Tuesday took place largely at …

NY Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Calling Vaccine Mandate ‘Religious Discrimination’
Dec 11, 2019 · 1 

By Michael Stone Good News – Science and Secularism Wins: In good news for public health and the cause of reason, a New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit by anti-vaxxers claiming the state’s law mandating vaccines for school children constitutes “religious discrimination.” The lawsuit objected to a new state law in New York …

“Empty the Pews” Gives Voice To Those Who’ve Escaped Toxic Christianity
Dec 11, 2019

By Chrissy Stroop and Lauren O’Neil What inspired you to put together Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church? Chrissy Stroop: When I first approached Lauren with the idea, it seemed to me that capturing this moment of major generational conflict and shift around religion and identity would be a valuable thing to do. We …

‘An outright lie’: Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills
Dec 10, 2019

By Jessica Glenza An Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a right-wing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign. The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide …

Priest at one of the country’s largest Catholic parishes put on leave after 25-year-old abuse allegation reported
Dec 10, 2019

By Michelle Boorstein A priest at St. Matthew in Charlotte, one of the country’s biggest Catholic parishes, was put on leave Monday following a report that he sexually abused a minor 25 years ago, before he became a priest. The Rev. Patrick Hoare denied the charge of abuse in Pennsylvania, which the alleged victim reported …

How the ‘extreme abstinence’ of the purity movement created a sense of shame in evangelical women
Dec 10, 2019

By Julie Ingersoll Millennial evangelicals are speaking out about the heightened emphasis on sexual purity that characterized their upbringing in that subculture. Joshua Harris, a former pastor who became one of the most public faces of the purity culture movement in the United States with his 1997 book “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” recently renounced his views and very publicly …

Republicans are introducing a new compromise LGBTQ rights bill. But everyone already hates it.
Dec 9, 2019

By Katelyn Burns A group of Republican lawmakers appears ready to try to bridge one of the most acrimonious divides in modern American politics: the gap between LGBTQ activists and religious conservatives. On Friday, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) will introduce the Fairness For All Act, a purported compromise bill that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ …