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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Alleged Child Molester Roy Moore Isn’t Raising Much Cash for His Senate Campaign
Jul 17, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Poor Roy Moore. The alleged child molester and Christian supremacist famously lost his race for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama last year, and he recently announced he’s running again, even though no one really wanted him to. (Except, maybe, every Democrat.) According to his latest filings with the Federal Election Commission, he’s raised less than $17,000 for his …

The ‘Religious Freedom’ Agenda
Jul 17, 2019

By Mattahias Schwartz Behind the Oval Office circus of drama and distraction, conservatives are quietly reshaping government in ways that could resonate for generations to come. One major front is the integration of religion into foreign policy, in which the phrase religious freedom figures prominently—in the same way it did during the George W. Bush administration. As …

An Anti-Choice Group Misspent $50,000 on Religious Material. North Carolina Wants to Give It $400,000 More.
Jul 12, 2019

By Amy Littlefield Last year, Rewire.News revealed that anti-choice pregnancy centers in North Carolina illegally bought religious propaganda with federal funds. State regulators vowed in response to strengthen oversight and moved to recoup the misused money. But even as the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed the anti-choice Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship (CPCF) …

Anti-Vaxxer Sues NY to Give Religious Groups the Right to Spread Measles Again
Jul 12, 2019 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta Weeks after New York passed a law ending religious exemptions for required vaccinations, a conspiracy theorist is suing to protect his side’s right to spread diseases in the name of God. Keep in mind that the bill passed following a public health crisis in the state, largely hurting Orthodox Jewish communities. The only people who …

Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo address Christian pro-Israel summit
Jul 10, 2019

By Jack Jenkins Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both addressed a Christian pro-Israel group Monday (July 8), lifting up the U.S. ally as a bastion of inclusivity and railing against Iran. Pence and Pompeo delivered their remarks at the annual summit of Christians United for Israel, a conservative Christian …

Trump’s Human Rights Commission Could Undercut Human Rights
Jul 10, 2019

By Ally Boguhn The Trump administration launched an advisory commission this week tasked with examining human rights in foreign policy—but advocates worry it could undermine global reproductive rights. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced the creation of the U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights. He said the commission will conduct “an informed review of the …

VA’s revised policies on symbols, displays aim to protect ‘religious liberty’
Jul 9, 2019 · 1 

By Adelle M. Banks In the wake of a Supreme Court decision permitting a cross to remain on a public highway, the Department of Veterans Affairs has revised its policies on religious symbols in displays at VA facilities. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced Wednesday (July 3) that the new policies will reduce inconsistencies among VA …