He Incited Massacre, but Insulting Aung San Suu Kyi Was the Last Straw
May 30, 2019

By Hannah Beech and Saw Nang SITTWE, Myanmar — Ashin Wirathu, a radical Buddhist monk in Myanmar, has been charged with sedition over what prosecutors say are defamatory remarks he made about the nation’s civilian leader, the Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The most notorious of a band of extremist monks, Ashin Wirathu …

Civil Rights Groups Sue Trump Admin Over Anti-LGBTQ “Denial-of-Care” Policy
May 30, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Donald Trump announced earlier this month that his Department of Health and Human Services had finalized a rule that would allow doctors, nurses, insurance providers, and employers to refuse service to LGBTQ people if it violated their religious beliefs. (He first discussed the rule more than a year earlier. The actual “rule” was a 440-page document laying …

United Nations Says 80 Countries May Ramp Up Climate Pledges
May 29, 2019 · 1 

By Somini Sengupta UNITED NATIONS — About 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord, the United Nations said Tuesday, signaling that some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September. Luis Alfonso de Alba, a Mexican diplomat who is currently the …

Pew Research: 41% of Gays/Lesbians/Bisexuals Have No Religious Affiliation
May 28, 2019

By Hemant Mehta According to a new analysis of the Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study — it was so large that they’re still sifting through the data — gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans are far less religious than the nation as a whole. (The survey didn’t have data about transgender people.) … gay, lesbian and bisexual adults …

Trump Administration Proposes Rollback of Transgender Protections
May 28, 2019

By Abby Goodnough, Erica L. Green, and Margot Sanger-Katz WASHINGTON — The Trump administration formally proposed on Friday to roll back Obama-era civil rights safeguards that had banned discrimination against transgender medical patients and health insurance customers. The Department of Health and Human Services’s proposed regulation would replace a 2016 rule from the Obama administration that …

After All the Handwringing We’re Now Seeing Exactly Why Conservative Christians Supported Trump
May 28, 2019

By Hollis Phelps & L. Benjamin Rolsky Most of the commentary on the support of right-wing evangelical Christians for Trump has assumed that it is, somehow, out of the ordinary. One of the threads that supposedly runs throughout contemporary evangelicalism is an emphasis on personal piety which, in the public realm, expresses itself morally. Conservative …

Let’s Not Forget the Establishment Clause
May 24, 2019 · 3 

By Linda Greenhouse I happened to be in Dublin last week when the Alabama Legislature voted to ban abortions. Foreign travel tends to enhance a person’s perception of what’s happening back home, and that was certainly true for me on this trip. It’s almost exactly a year since Irish voters, by an overwhelming two-thirds majority, threw …

How Hinduism Became a Political Weapon in India
May 24, 2019

By Jonah Blank VARANASI, India—The seven pandits draped in cloth of gold are clearly competing against the five in saffron. In front of thousands of assembled pilgrims, each bevy of priests furiously recites Sanskrit chants, deftly swinging pyramids of flaming oil lamps, banging on bells and blowing on conch shells, wafting thick clouds of incense …

Trump Admin Rule Would Let Taxpayer-Funded Homeless Shelters Reject Trans People
May 23, 2019

By Sarahbeth Caplin Keeping with the pattern of confusing “religious freedom” with the ability to discriminate against groups conservative Christians love to hate, the Trump administration wants to allow federally funded homeless shelters to deny services to transgender people. That means one of the most vulnerable populations couldn’t necessarily rely on taxpayer-funded shelters to get help. The Department of …

Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment
May 22, 2019

By Damian Carrington The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world. Instead of “climate change” the preferred terms are “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and “global heating” is favoured over “global warming”, although the original terms are not banned. “We want to ensure that we …

This may be the worst thing to come from Trump’s presidency
May 22, 2019

By David Gergen and James Piltch In the midst of World War II, Franklin Roosevelt had the foresight to see that advancements in American science were critical to Allied victories in World War II. Searching for day-to-day guidance, he named Vannevar Bush, an engineer with a joint Ph.D from MIT and Harvard, as the director …

The “Save Chick-fil-A” Bill in Texas Is So Much Worse Than People Think
May 20, 2019

By Hemant Mehta The Texas State Senate just passed a bill, SB 1978, that is better known as the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill. On the surface, the bill would prohibit cities from taking “adverse actions” against companies based on their owners’ religious beliefs. It was proposed after San Antonio City Council members rejected a slate of new restaurants …