‘Activist Mommy’ Terrorizes LGBTQ Prom With Hateful Phone Campaign
Jun 26, 2019

By Tracy E. Gilchrist Virulently anti-LGBTQ activist Elizabeth Johnston, who goes by the name “Activist Mommy,” launched a phone campaign that succeeded in pushing a branch of the Jacksonville, Fla., Public Library to cancel a queer-inclusive prom at the venue over concerns for the teens’ safety, according to local TV station WJAX.  Johnston is known for …

Former Creation Museum Staffer Exposes “Toxic Culture” of Ken Ham’s Empire
Jun 26, 2019

By Hemant Mehta In October of 2015, Creationist Ken Ham and his colleagues decided to throw a month-long Halloween event at the Creation Museum. (Minus the demons and witchcraft.) There would even be a life-sized creature on hand to take pictures with the kids while museum staffers would be on hand to answer questions about what the …

A Recent Local Controversy Reveals the Theocratic Heart of ‘Project Blitz’
Jun 25, 2019

By Frederick Clarkson Much has happened since RD broke the story last year of Project Blitz—a stealth state legislative campaign of the Christian right that framed much of their agenda in terms of religious freedom. Controversies over legislation based on model bills have broken out across the country on issues ranging from LGBTQ civil rights and discrimination in …

Evangelicals go all in for Trump reelection
Jun 25, 2019

By Jonathan Easley Faith leaders and anti-abortion groups are ramping up their efforts to reelect President Trump, rewarding a president who has become an unlikely hero of the Christian right because of his commitment to socially conservative causes. The Faith and Freedom Coalition will spend tens of millions of dollars on a voter mobilization effort that …

Indianapolis Catholic school fires openly gay teacher
Jun 25, 2019

By Tim Stelloh A Catholic high school in Indiana said Sunday that it is firing an openly gay teacher to avoid “forfeiting our Catholic identity” — the second school in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to publicly reckon with the issue of homosexuality in a week. In an open letter, officials with Cathedral High School in Indianapolis …

Conservative Trashes Secular and Satanic “Cockroaches” Ruining Christian America
Jun 24, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Over the past week, we’ve seen the Supreme Court protect the existence of a Giant Christian Cross on public land, while saying taking it down would be perceived as anti-Christian. We’ve also seen a Satanist deliver an invocation in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Alaska, because a lawsuit forced the elected officials to …

Woman Claims Evangelical Seminary Leader Shamed Her When She Reported Campus Rape
Jun 24, 2019

By Carol Kuruvilla Paige Patterson, a prominent Southern Baptist who was fired from a Texas seminary last year for mishandling sex abuse allegations, is now being sued by a former student who claims he failed her when she sought help after multiple campus rapes. The former student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), identified in …

Archbishop revokes school’s Catholic designation over refusal to fire gay teacher
Jun 21, 2019

By Jack Jenkins The archbishop of Indianapolis has revoked the Catholic designation of a Jesuit high school in the city after administrators refused to fire a teacher who is married to a same-sex partner. According to a statement released by the archdiocese on Thursday (June 20), Archbishop Charles C. Thompson has sent a canonical decree …

SCOTUS’ Bladensburg Cross Ruling is a Church-State Mess
Jun 21, 2019

By Andrew L. Seidel The 40ft tall Christian cross, crumbling though it is, will remain in its traffic circle in Bladensburg, Md., because it’s been there for a long time and removing it would make people angry. The conservative bloc on the Court went into this case seemingly united in an effort to bring “some clarity” to the …

Alleged Child Molester Roy Moore Will Run for Senate Again in 2020
Jun 21, 2019

By Hemant Mehta During a press conference this afternoon, disgraced two-time Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and multiple-time creepster and alleged pedophile Roy Moore said he plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2020. (Watch the video below around the 17:15 mark.) Assuming Moore wins the GOP primary, which he no doubt will, Republicans will be putting …

Supreme Court rules that Maryland ‘Peace Cross’ honoring military dead may remain on public land
Jun 20, 2019

By Robert Barnes The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 40-foot cross erected as a tribute to war dead may continue to stand on public land in Maryland, rejecting arguments that it was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The vote was 7 to 2, but the ruling prompted an outpouring of individual opinions as the …

Atheist ashram on Lord Krishna’s home turf roils India’s Hindu nationalists
Jun 20, 2019

By Priyadarshini Sen In this major pilgrimage center for the Hare Krishna movement, Purnendu Goswami survives as a rare atheist. Goswami, 44, runs the Bindu Seva Sansthan ashram in this northern Indian town that is considered sacred in Vaishnavism, one of Hinduism’s main branches. Dressed in a white robe like any local guru, the plain-speaking …