Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo belong to a doomsday cult — and may be trying to bring on the apocalypse
Jan 16, 2019 · 3 

By Travis Gettys President Donald Trump’s vice president and secretary of state appear to have a conflict between their private religious beliefs and their public duties, according to a financial journalist. Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo are each a “genuine, end-of-days, believer in the apocalypse,” and Financial Times journalist Edward Luce said their religious beliefs about the …

Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans LGBTQ Employees And Kids
Jan 16, 2019

By Rebecca Klein Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, started at a job this week teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia. It’s not a school where everyone is welcome. In a “parent agreement” posted online, the school says it will refuse admission to students who participate in or condone homosexual …

Gov. Kevin Stitt Plans to Use His Office to Align ‘With What God Is Doing in Oklahoma’
Jan 16, 2019

By Kyle Mantyla Newly elected Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma attended an “Inaugural Prayer Service” today, during which declared that it is his mission to align the state “with what God is doing in Oklahoma,” while his wife proclaimed that it is their responsibility as Christians to use their position in elected office “to …

Plan B: A Revised Strategy to Battle Idaho’s Faith-Healing Exemptions
Jan 15, 2019 · 2 

By George Prentice “Maybe,” said Bruce Wingate. “Maybe this is the year.” Wingate took a long breath and looked down at the draft of a measure that’s certain to trigger a fierce debate in the coming weeks of the 2019 Idaho Legislature. “You know what? Forget I said ‘maybe.’ It can’t be ‘maybe’ anymore. It …

Indiana GOP Legislator Sponsors Bill to Teach Creationism in Public Schools
Jan 15, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Indiana State Sen. Dennis Kruse is one of the most anti-science, pro-forced Christianity legislators in the country. This is a guy who co-authored a bill to require recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in public schools, wanted Creationism taught in science classrooms, and tried making it illegal for kids to learn sex ed in school without their parents’ permission. He’s just full …

Faith on the Hill
Jan 15, 2019

By the Pew Research Center The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.1 There has been a 3-percentage-point decline in the share of members of Congress who identify as Christian – in the 115th …

‘In God We Trust’ – the bills Christian nationalists hope will ‘protect religious freedom’
Jan 14, 2019 · 1 

By David Taylor Christian hardliners on the religious right have introduced new bills to impose their values in at least six American states in the opening days of 2019. The early legal moves have been tracked from Alaska to Florida as mostly Republican legislators make use of off-the-shelf ‘model bills’ generated by Christian nationalists in …

Rep. Jamie Raskin: The Republican Party Is “Now Operating Like a Religious Cult”
Jan 14, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Earlier this week, as the new Congress was sworn into office, the Congressional Freethought Caucus hosted a reception for members. There are currently 10 members of the House in the CFC, though hopefully more will join soon. Rep. Jamie Raskin, one of the co-chairs of the CFC along with Rep. Jared Huffman and Rep. Jerry McNerney, gave …

‘Smiling face’: Saudi teen fleeing family is granted asylum in Canada
Jan 11, 2019

By Wilawan Watcharasakwet and Timothy McLaughlin A Saudi woman who fled her family, claiming fear for her life, and used social media to amplify her calls for safe haven was granted asylum by Canada on Friday, an official in Thailand said. The decision to give haven to the 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun capped a nearly …

FL Democrat Introduces Bill Requiring Public High Schools to Offer Bible Classes
Jan 11, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Florida State Rep. Kimberly Daniels, a Democrat, has a history of promoting Christianity throuigh the government and looking like a fool in the process. Last year, she condemned witches and warlocks while calling on everyone to pray for Donald Trump. (It didn’t help.) She responded to the Parkland massacre by getting public schools to put up “In …

Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill
Jan 10, 2019

By Brooke Sopelsa The U.S. Senate last month unanimously passed a bill that would explicitly make lynching a federal crime. Not everyone, however, is pleased with passage of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act. Liberty Counsel, an evangelical nonprofit that opposes gay rights, and its chairman, Mat Staver, are taking issue with the bill’s inclusion of …

Saudi teen may get asylum in Australia after plea goes viral
Jan 10, 2019

By Jen Kirby A Saudi teen who made international headlines this week after fleeing to Thailand to seek asylum from her abusive family may now get what she’s desperately been seeking. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has referred Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun’s case to the Australian government. The Australian Department of Home Affairs confirmed …