Scientists worldwide join strikes for climate change
Sep 20, 2019

By Quirin Schiermeier & Kate Atkinson Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm last August for the first ever ‘school strike for climate’. One year on, the teenage activist’s Fridays for Future campaign has grown into a global movement involving people of all ages and backgrounds, including many scientists and scholars. As government …

As Connecticut’s immunization levels decline, Gov. Ned Lamont, legislative leaders vow to repeal religious exemption for vaccines
Sep 20, 2019

By Daniela Altimari Flanked by legislative leaders, public health officials and members of the clergy, Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday pledged to eliminate the religious exemption for vaccinating schoolchildren. “We’re going to have hearings, we’re going to do it in a respectful way,” Lamont said during a press conference in his office. But, he added, …

Pennsylvania state senator, charged with possession of child pornography, resigns
Sep 19, 2019

By Lateshia Beachum Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer has resigned after being charged with possession of child pornography on Tuesday night. Authorities said they discovered images of child pornography on his cellphone. The Patriot-News reported that the charges against Folmer (R), 63, include sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication …

Secular Identity, Belief in God, and 2020 Preferences
Sep 18, 2019

By Socioanalitica Research Introduction This post is part of a series of short reports about secular Americans and the 2020 Elections based on the Secular Voices Survey. Socioanalitica Research conducted the survey on July 11, 2019, among a representative sample of 520 nonreligious Americans. For the survey topline and methodology visit this link. Secular Identification According …

Atheists Demand Georgia School Stop Promoting Christianity in Sports and Online
Sep 18, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Let us all appreciate the public schools that openly brag about how they’re violating the Establishment Clause. They make everything so much easier for First Amendment attorneys. The American Humanist Association says that the Griffin First United Methodist Church was allowed to host “a breakfast and sermon for football players” at Spalding High School …

Pakistan blasphemy riots: Dozens arrested after Hindu teacher accused
Sep 17, 2019

By BBC Asia Dozens of people have been arrested in Pakistan after a teenager accused his Hindu headteacher of blasphemy, sparking riots. The principal, who owns the school, was accused of making comments about the Prophet Muhammad in Sindh province. A large mob then allegedly attacked a Hindu temple, shops and the school in the …

Arizona Supreme Court rules business can refuse to make wedding invites for LGBTQ couple
Sep 17, 2019

By Owen Daugherty The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Phoenix business can refuse services to an LGBTQ couple that requests custom wedding invitations. The Arizona Republic reports the court ruled that the Phoenix ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination can’t be used in this case to force the artists to make …

Guardians of the Gates: Gateway Ministries and the church that wasn’t
Sep 16, 2019

By Clifton Adcock The head of a politically influential Tulsa-based group used the organization’s status as a church to obtain property tax exemptions for his family’s house to avoid thousands of dollars in property taxes, though the organization has not had a congregation or held religious services for more than five years, an investigation by …

Missouri Attorney General Refers 12 Catholic Clergy for Prosecution
Sep 16, 2019

By Elizabeth Dias The Missouri attorney general will refer a dozen men who previously served as Roman Catholic clergy for potential criminal prosecution, his office announced on Friday after a yearlong statewide investigation into clergy sexual abuse. The investigation found that 163 priests or clergy members were accused of sexual abuse or misconduct against minors. “Sexual …

Refusal of Interracial Couple Shows How Slippery the Slope of LGBTQ Refusal Really Is
Sep 12, 2019

By Heron Greensmith The owner of a Mississippi wedding hall, Donna Russell, made news last week for refusing to provide space for an interracial marriage due to her religious beliefs. Russell was caught on film stating that “First of all, we don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race—I mean, our Christian belief. . . .” …

Jerry Falwell, Jr.: The FBI Will Investigate Everyone at Liberty Who Hates Me
Sep 11, 2019

By Hemant Mehta In response to POLITICO‘s lengthy article about Jerry Falwell, Jr. and the way he’s wielded power and fear over people at Liberty University, Falwell now says he’s getting the FBI to look into the breach of security at his school. Because employees who tell the world about their shitty boss by speaking with a journalist are a national …

Almost-Blockbuster Netflix Series ‘The Family’ Exposes a Christian Network Whose God is Power
Sep 11, 2019

By Peter Laarman Mark Sanford’s move to position himself as the savior of the Republican Party—as the white knight who brings the GOP back to its authentic birthright as the immigration-friendly party of Big Business—may be complicated by more than just the hilarity (already picked up on by Trump) of his concealed affair with an Argentinian paramour. …