America Cares About Climate Change Again
Mar 19, 2019

By Robinson Meyer Suddenly, climate change is a high-profile national issue again. It’s not just the Green New Deal. Around the country, the loose alliance of politicians, activists, and organizations concerned about climate change is mobilizing. They are deploying a new set of strategies aimed at changing the minds—or at least the behaviors—of a large …

Evangelical approval of Trump remains high, but other religious groups are less supportive
Mar 19, 2019 · 2 

BY PHILIP SCHWADEL AND GREGORY A. SMITH More than two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, white evangelical Protestants in the United States continue to overwhelmingly support him, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data. Other religious groups, however, are more divided in their views of the president. Roughly seven-in-ten white evangelical …

Supreme Court Won’t Hear B&B’s Anti-LGBTQ “Religious Freedom” Case
Mar 19, 2019 · 4 

By Jeff Taylor The Supreme Court has decided Monday not to take up the case of a Hawaii bed and breakfast owner who declined to rent a room to a lesbian couples over objections to same-sex marriage on religious grounds. That decision leaves a lower court opinion against the proprietor of Aloha Bed & Breakfast, …

#MAGA Church: The Doomsday Prophet Who Says the Bible Predicted Trump
Mar 18, 2019

By Sam Kestenbaum On a Sunday morning at Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, N.J., a bearded pastor named Jonathan Cahn stood on an elevated platform, gazing over a full house. Stage lights shifted from blue to white as the backing band played a drifting melody. Two men hoisted curled rams’ horns and let out …

Missouri Bill to Teach Bible Class in Public Schools Inches Closer to Law
Mar 18, 2019

By David G. McAfee A bill sponsored by a Missouri legislator would allow public school districts to offer elective Bible classes to students. HB 267 wouldn’t force districts to offer the classes like a similar bill in Florida, but it still opens the schools up to possible legal troubles if the classes aren’t taught objectively. The legislation — …

The Duggars Helped Overturn LGBTQ Civil Rights in Arkansas. They Still Have a TV Show.
Mar 15, 2019

By Nico Lang The public may have forgotten about the Duggars, but Arkansas has not. The family’s TLC reality show, Counting On, quietly debuted its ninth season last month. A spinoff of the once-popular 19 Kids and Counting, it was developed after reports broke that Josh Duggar, the oldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle, molested four …

Malaysia women’s march meets disapproval from religious, political authorities
Mar 14, 2019

By Alexandra Radu KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (RNS) — In solidarity with women around the world, several hundred people marched in Malaysia’s capital on Saturday (March 9) to mark International Women’s Day. The march, organized by activist groups and local nongovernmental organizations, demanded greater women’s rights and called for a ban on child marriage, an end …

Trump budget seeks cuts in science funding
Mar 13, 2019

By Joel Achenbach, Ben Guarino, Sarah Kaplan, and Brady Dennis President Trump’s third budget request, released Monday, again seeks cuts to a number of scientific and medical research enterprises, including a 13 percent cut to the National Science Foundation, a 12 percent cut at the National Institutes of Health and the termination of an Energy Department …

DeVos allows religious groups to provide taxpayer-funded services in private schools
Mar 13, 2019

By Moriah Balingit and Morgan Smith Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced this week she would no longer enforce a rule that bars religious institutions from providing certain taxpayer-funded services in private schools, saying the restriction ran afoul of a recent high-court decision. Under the federal education law, private schools are entitled to many of the …

Rand Paul is wrong: Vaccines are no threat to liberty
Mar 12, 2019 · 2 

By Saad B. Omer Vaccines are one of the most important advances in public health of the last two centuries. Immunization saves millions of lives every year, and horrific illnesses that were simply unavoidable not all that long ago have now been eliminated. So why does Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) see them as a threat to liberty? …

The Supreme Court Is Quietly Changing the Status of Religion in American Life
Mar 12, 2019

By Jeffrey Toobin Donald Trump may be imperilled by the ever-growing number of investigations into various avenues of his conduct, but his agenda continues apace at the Supreme Court. There, the President’s appointees and their allies are making quiet progress on another key goal of his political base: transforming the place of religion in American life. The …

Religious unaffiliation is growing in the U.S. Why isn’t it in Congress?
Mar 12, 2019

By Bart Worden (RNS) — This fall, voters in the Midwest elected two Muslim women to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first female members of their faith to enter Congress. The same day, Arizona elected Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who, while not the first of her kind, is even rarer: Sinema is the only person …