The Religious Motto That Isn’t Religious: How ‘In God We Trust’ Remains Constitutional [Part 2]
Aug 29, 2019

By Andrew L. Seidel Under Donald Trump, Christian hypocrisy has been making headlines. White evangelicals, who have proclaimed their moral superiority for decades, now support an unethical, corrupt, twice-divorced, thrice-married, adulterer. (Here on RD the Reverend Daniel Schultz recently suggested that it isn’t hypocrisy, but sadism that’s to blame for white evangelical enthusiasm for the president, …

One nation under God, even if you don’t want to be
Aug 29, 2019

By Katelyn Burns Earlier this summer, a string of libraries across the country were forced to cancel an event called Drag Queen Story Hour, a program in which drag queens are dispatched to schools, libraries, and bookstores to read to children. Obsessive coverage from conservative news outlets throughout this year have sparked vehement religious protests …

The Story of ‘In God We Trust,’ Our Christian Nationalist Motto [Part 1]
Aug 28, 2019

By Andrew L. Seidel How did “In God We Trust” get stamped on the currency of a country with a godless Constitution? How did a secular nation get a religious national motto? The story is not one of national unity, but of exploitation. It does not begin, as so many claim, with the American founding, …

Transcendental Meditation in public schools: still a violation of the first amendment
Aug 27, 2019

By the RNS Press Release Distribution Service A recent article in the New York Post mentions that the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Quiet Time Program will soon be taught in New York schools. A highly critical article on TM’s Quiet Time program in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recently appeared in the Chicago Tribune. The story reports …

Democrats Pass Resolution Acknowledging “Importance” of Non-Religious Americans
Aug 27, 2019

By Hemant Mehta The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution over the weekend acknowledging the “value, ethical soundness, and importance” of non-religious Americans. (This occurred at the same meeting where the DNC rejected a resolution supporting single-issue debates, like one about climate change.) According to the Secular Coalition for America, after the DNC’s Resolutions Committee first approved …

After Losing Ten Commandments Battle, NM City Tries Crowdfunding Legal Bills
Aug 26, 2019 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta For more than six years, the city of Bloomfield, New Mexico tried defending an illegal stand-alone Ten Commandments monument outside a local municipal building. The monument was put up for overtly religious reasons in 2011, which is why it was ruled unconstitutional by multiple courts. Instead of accepting that result, however, city …

Trump sees all U.S. Jews as Israelis because his Christian Zionist allies do, too
Aug 23, 2019

By Talia Lavin The first recorded Jewish resident of North America arrived in 1585. His name was Joachim Gans, and he was a metallurgist from Prague, recruited by Sir Walter Raleigh to accompany would-be colonists to what would become Virginia. But the Roanoke colony was short-lived, and Gans soon departed, leaving behind a few lumps …

Trump is weaponizing evangelicals’ mistrust. And he’s succeeding.
Aug 22, 2019

By E.J. Dionne Jr. Are the dominant voices of white evangelical Christianity in the United States destined to be angry and defensive? Is President Trump making sure they stay that way? I found myself asking these questions after I read my Post colleague Elizabeth Bruenig’s revealing and deeply reported essay about her journey to Texas to probe …

Conservative Evangelicals Aren’t Hypocrites, They’re Sadists
Aug 21, 2019

By Daniel Schultz Late last week, my friend John Stoehr made a daring argument: “white evangelical Christian support for Donald Trump isn’t rooted in hypocrisy, contradiction or merely straying from the straight and narrow,” he said. “The reason they support a fascist president is simple: They’re sadists.” You have to read the article to capture the …

Why Stowaway Creatures On The Moon Confound International Space Law
Aug 20, 2019 · 1 

By Loren Grush This month, space enthusiasts were shocked to learn that an Israeli lunar lander that crashed into the Moon’s surface in April actually had some passengers aboard: a tiny capsule filled with dehydrated microscopic organisms known as tardigrades. These little “water bears,” known to withstand very extreme environments, may have survived the wreck. Almost no one …

Trust and Mistrust in Americans’ Views of Scientific Experts
Aug 20, 2019

By Care Funk, Meg Hefferon, Brian Kennedy, and Courtney Johnson In an era when science and politics often appear to collide, public confidence in scientists is on the upswing, and six-in-ten Americans say scientists should play an active role in policy debates about scientific issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey …

Why Some Christians ‘Love the Meanest Parts’ of Trump
Aug 19, 2019

By Emma Green Ben Howe is angry at evangelicals. As he describes it, he is angry that they didn’t just vote for Donald Trump in record numbers, but repeatedly provide moral cover for his outrageous failings. He is angry that leaders of the religious right, who long claimed to be the champions of American morality, …