Pete Buttigieg: Lawmakers Must Treat Religious and Non-Religious People Equally
Sep 9, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Cory Booker, more than the other Democrats, have been talking about their personal faith ever since stepping onto the campaign trail. It’s been a refreshing change of pace for people who are only used to Republicans talking about Christianity and only as a weapon against various groups. While it’s …

Are Democrats really ‘godless’? The numbers say mostly not, but the rap still sticks.
Sep 9, 2019

By Eugene Scott In recent weeks, presidential candidates on the left have made it known that they aren’t afraid to invoke God on a range of topics. “If you believe that God is watching as poison is being belched into the air of creation and people are being harmed by it, countries are at risk of vanishing …

BC Humanists: Prayer Has No Place in the Legislative Assembly
Sep 6, 2019

By Val Wilde Every day, just before the start of Question Period at the British Columbia Legislature, a different Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) stands to lead those present in a prayer taken from any faith they choose. It’s their version of a religious invocation. The BC Humanist Association (BCHA) says it’s time for this practice to …

Rep. Jared Huffman is Right: Liz Cheney “Went Ballistic” Over a Christian Oath
Sep 5, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Rep. Jared Huffman, the only openly atheist member of Congress, is being criticized by a prominent Republican for the crime of… defending the Constitution. A little background: Huffman sits on the House Committee on Natural Resources. Earlier this year, after control of the committee flipped to Democrats, Ranking Member Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva agreed to strike the …

The Latest Attempts to Get ‘In God We Trust’ Into Schools is a Coordinated Christian Nationalist Push [Part 3]
Sep 4, 2019

By Andrew L. Seidel Christian nationalism will greet schoolchildren returning to classrooms in 16 states this fall. New laws in Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida, and South Dakota encourage or require public schools to display the divisive national motto: In God We Trust. Piecemeal reporting on the laws gives the impression that state legislators around the country are spontaneously discovering the value of …

Conversion therapy center founder who sought to turn LGBTQ Christians straight says he’s gay, rejects ‘cycle of self shame’
Sep 4, 2019

By Marisa Iati McKrae Game wants people to know that he was wrong about all of it. He was wrong to found Hope for Wholeness Network, a faith-based conversion therapy program that seeks to rid people of their LGBTQ identities. He was wrong to create a slogan promoting the idea of “freedom from homosexuality through …

Why young white evangelicals aren’t likely to leave the Republican Party
Sep 3, 2019

By Jeremiah J. Castle, Ryan P. Burge, and Paul A. Djupe In 2020, will white evangelical Christians stick with the Republican Party, where they’ve long been a reliable voting bloc? Evangelicals made up just over one-third of President Trump’s 2016 coalition, and have been among his most loyal supporters. At the same time, researchers and observers …

Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit
Sep 3, 2019

By the Associated Press A federal appeals court is reversing a lower court decision and ruling that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ policy barring atheists from delivering invocations doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday’s decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the House’s policy of limiting prayers at the start of legislative …

The Defiance of Pakistani Atheists
Sep 3, 2019

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid For Pakistani atheists, a hitherto intangible demographic, the 2010s was a decade that simultaneously gave them an identity and took it away. The voice they found in the digital sphere at the start of the 2010s, albeit under the cloak of anonymity, has largely been stifled. With the boom of the …

Bangladesh: Court removes ‘virgin’ word from marriage form
Aug 30, 2019 · 3 

By the BBC Women in Bangladesh are no longer required to declare if they are virgins on marriage registration forms, the country’s top court has ruled. The high court ordered that “virgin” be replaced with “unmarried”. The other two options on the form – “widow” and “divorced” – remain unchanged. Women’s rights groups – who …

Despite Religious Opposition, Edmonton Moves to Ban Conversion Therapy
Aug 30, 2019

By Val Wilde Following the example of their northwestern neighbor, St. Albert, the Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta, is taking steps to ban the practice of conversion therapy. Predictably, some Edmonton faith groups are claiming that the ban will infringe upon their freedom to practice their religion. The Edmonton City Council listened to testimony on Tuesday both for and against …

How the female body became the scapegoat for white evangelicals
Aug 30, 2019

By Andrea Lucado Children have died at the border, the mass shooting count since Sandy Hook is up to 2,197, white nationalism is terrorizing the country, and crowds are breaking into disturbing chants at Trump rallies. Still, one subset of Protestant, conservative Christianity is pleased with President Trump’s first term: white evangelicals. At the center of their support? …