They Tried to Start a Church Without God. For a While, It Worked.
Jul 22, 2019

By Faith Hill When Justina Walford moved to New York City nine years ago, she’d never felt more alone. She’d left behind her Church, her God, and her old city, Los Angeles. Then a secular congregation called Sunday Assembly filled the spiritual void—at least for a time. Walford had just turned 40. As a child, …

Adorable Shark Fits in Your Hand, Looks Like a Mini Sperm Whale
Jul 22, 2019

By Mindy Weisberger Tiny, blunt-headed sharks called pocket sharks are so rare that until just a few years ago, only one individual had ever been collected from the southeastern Pacific Ocean. And now, that lonely shark finally has company. Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) caught a second pocket shark in 2010 …

Georgia GOP Lawmaker Used Legal Loophole to Help Molesting Priest Avoid Prison
Jul 22, 2019

By Hemant Mehta In 2012, Ohio preacher Jason Brothers stayed at the home of a family in Georgia when he was giving a guest sermon at North Mt. Zion Church of God in Hiawassee. When the family’s 14-year-old girl got up for a drink of water that night, Brothers, who was in a wheelchair due to his …

Another State Could Soon Insert Anti-Abortion Propaganda Into Public Schools
Jul 22, 2019

By Erin Heger As GOP-majority state legislatures pass laws aimed at drastically restricting access to abortion care, Republican lawmakers are seeking to control education and public messaging about abortion, pregnancy, and reproductive health. Ohio Republicans are pushing a measure that would create a public school curriculum infusing anti-abortion languageinto health and science education standards and restricting students’ access …

Vatican bans W.Va. bishop accused of sexual and financial misconduct from public ministry
Jul 22, 2019

By Michael Brice-Saddler The Vatican on Friday announced sanctions against retired West Virginia bishop Michael Bransfield, but stopped short of defrocking him, after investigating accusations of sexual harassment and financial misconduct. The sanctions, ordered by Pope Francis and detailed in a letter posted to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s website, prohibit Bransfield from public ministry and from …

Half a century after Apollo, why haven’t we been back to the Moon?
Jul 19, 2019

By Eric Berger The 50th anniversary of NASA’s historic landing on the Moon—this Saturday, July 20th—provokes a decidedly bittersweet feeling. Certainly, this marks an appropriate time to pause and celebrate a singular moment in our shared history, the first time humans ever set foot on another world. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins really …

Trump’s USDA buried sweeping climate change response plan
Jul 19, 2019 · 4 

By Helena Bottemiller Evich The Agriculture Department quashed the release of a sweeping plan on how to respond to climate change that was finalized in the early days of the Trump administration, according to a USDA employee with knowledge of the decision. Staff members across several USDA agencies drafted the multiyear plan that outlines how …

Atheism and Islam on the rise in the UK as Christianity suffers ‘dramatic decline’
Jul 19, 2019

By Gabriella Swerling Christian belief has halved in Britain in 35 years with just one in three people now identifying as Christian – while atheism and Islam continue to rise. Figures published by the British Social Attitudes Survey reveal the widest ever margin between staunch atheists and believers who are certain that God exists. Of …

The chaplain of the U.S. House ‘cast out all spirits of darkness’ in his chamber prayer amid racism fight
Jul 19, 2019

By Michelle Boorstein The chaplain of the House of Representatives said in his opening prayer Thursday that he would “cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber,” reflecting the dramatic moral terms in which many Americans see our political climate. The Rev. Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest, later told CNN that the idea for …

Meet John Houbolt: He Figured Out How To Go To The Moon, But Few Were Listening
Jul 18, 2019

By Scott Neuman The Apollo program conjures images of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon and the massive team effort involved in getting him there. But a fundamental decision that led to the successful lunar landings came largely as a result of one man’s determination to buck the system at NASA. That man was John …

Facing financial boycott, West Virginia’s Catholic diocese agrees to hire new auditor and make findings public
Jul 18, 2019

By Michelle Boorstein A few days before protesting West Virginia Catholics were to begin withholding financial giving over alleged misconduct, diocesan leaders agreed to some of their demands, including hiring a new auditor and making that person’s findings public, an organizing laypersons’ group said Wednesday. That would give West Virginia Catholics the first look at …

This gay teen’s earlobe was cut off by his family to ‘mark’ him
Jul 18, 2019

By Joe Morgan A gay teen says his family cut off his earlobe to ‘mark’ him as an abomination. Modou, a 19-year-old from The Gambia, is seeking asylum in the Netherlands on the basis of his sexual orientation. Homosexuality is punished with life imprisonment in The Gambia. Former President Yahya Jammeh threatened to ‘cut the …