Under GOP Pressure, U.S. Military Gives Green Light to Proselytizing Officers
Sep 22, 2020

By Hemant Mehta The Department of Defense, under the Trump administration, has released new guidelines that effective allow U.S. military leaders to get away with preaching to their subordinates. Consider this: Earlier this year, the official Facebook page for the 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade — part of the Fort Drum Army base in northern …

Trump’s Nominee to Fill RBG’s Seat is Unfit. By Definition
Sep 22, 2020

By Andrew L. Seidel The name will be announced later this week. The president, a former reality show host, has a penchant for dragging out nominations in an orgy of egocentric pomp, one of his many corrosive influences. But indecent haste has driven Trump to promise to name a person willing to fill Justice Ruth Bader …

Christian group’s leaked texts call for hanging gays “in a loving way”
Sep 22, 2020

By Alex Bollinger A Christian organization in the Cayman Islands was caught calling for LGBTQ people to be hanged “in a loving way,” and now the governor is calling for calm on “both sides,” as if LGBTQ people were at fault for the death threats. Two weeks ago, messages sent between members of the Christian …

Who is Amy Coney Barrett, the judge at the top of Trump’s list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
Sep 21, 2020 · 6 

By Colby Itkowitz At the top of President Trump’s list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court is U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a jurist in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia who fulfills nearly all criteria on conservatives’ wish list. At 48 years old, Barrett could hold the lifetime seat …

Mike Pompeo: It’s “Imperative” to Connect U.S. Foreign Policy to Christianity
Sep 21, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Over the weekend, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas and told the (indoor, mask-optional) congregation that we live in a Christian country. It’s only the most recent example of Pompeo using his pulpit as the nation’s top ambassador to promote his conservative Christian religion. Back in October, the front page …

Are Iraqi youths losing their religion?
Sep 21, 2020

By Judit Neurink “It’s about my identity,” Yara Ali said with confidence. Ali is an Arab-Iraqi lawyer and prominent activist living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq; for security reasons, she uses a pseudonym. “I was forced to wear it. It was to protect me, but it wasn’t me.” Yara, 29, told Al-Monitor. A couple of years …

More And More Americans Aren’t Religious. Why Are Democrats Ignoring These Voters?
Sep 18, 2020 · 1 

By Daniel Cox and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux Democrats are once again doubling down on religion this year. Faith was on full display during the Democratic National Convention, where Joe Biden closed out the week with several pointed references to his Catholic faith. And the Biden campaign is also making an ambitious play for white evangelical Protestants and Mormons, two loyal …

FEC Chair Says There’s No Separation of Church and State, Calls 2020 Election a ‘Spiritual War’
Sep 18, 2020 · 3 

By Aila Slisco Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chair James E. “Trey” Trainor III insisted that the separation of church and state is a “fallacy” while describing November’s election as a “spiritual war” in multiple recent interviews. Trainor, a devout Catholic and an appointee of President Donald Trump, made the comments in two recent interviews with …

White Christians Have Become Even Less Motivated to Address Racial Injustice
Sep 18, 2020

By the Barna Group This year, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and the shooting of Jacob Blake have sparked a nationwide conversation about racial justice. Some of the more prominent responses include a series of marches with historic attendance, a players’ strike in the NBA and WNBA and new policies concerning issues …

Christian worship leader brings controversial prayer rallies to cities roiled by protests
Sep 17, 2020

By Marisa Iati and Sarah Pulliam Bailey A conservative Christian musician who has been staging worship concerts across the country is performing in Kenosha, Wis., and Chicago on Wednesday as part of a controversial movement he says is intended to bring healing to cities upended by racial unrest. Sean Feucht, a California-based worship leader, opened …

Pastor: California’s COVID Restrictions Are Like How “Hitler Used False Science”
Sep 17, 2020 · 3 

By Hemant Mehta Pastor John MacArthur is now comparing California Gov. Gavin Newsom to Hitler… because the governor is trying to save lives during the pandemic. MacArthur has been in the news lately because of his constant refusals to stop holding massive indoor church services or even take the virus seriously. He’s celebrated the lack of social distancing and face masks …

Trial of Catholic lay leader highlights gaps in church’s sex abuse oversight
Sep 17, 2020

By Claire Giangravé The sexual abuse trial of Piero Alfio Capuana, the lay leader of the 5,000-member Catholic Culture and Environment Association, began in this small Sicilian city on Tuesday (Sept. 15), three years after the abuse allegedly took place. Capuana, 75,  known as “the Archangel” by acolytes, is accused of delegating his associates to …