For Some Reason, an Ohio Middle School Displays a Plaque of the Ten Commandments
Apr 25, 2019 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta If you walk into the auditorium in Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio, you’ll see this Ten Commandments plaque… for some strange reason. There’s no explanation of it. There’s no context. It’s just a Christian display that says things like “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and other examples of religious …

It’s Starting To Look Like God Won’t Save Us From Global Warming
Apr 25, 2019

By Dan Vergano God help us, but it looks like religion isn’t the answer to climate change. Nearly four years ago, Pope Francis released a groundbreaking letter, Laudato Si, On the Care of Our Common Home, calling on the world — and its 1.2 billion Catholics — to curb manmade global warming. “We are presently witnessing a …

A Catholic Hospital in Iowa Offered Contraception for Decades. Then the Bishop Found Out.
Apr 25, 2019 · 2 

By Amy Littlefield Ebonie Bailey was seven months pregnant when she and her family moved to Waterloo, Iowa, for her husband’s job at John Deere. Her provider back home had recommended the midwives at Covenant Medical Center, one of two hospitals in town. Ahead of her delivery there, Bailey toured the sprawling brick building. She was surprised when the tour guide …

Court Upholds Philadelphia’s Stance Against Anti-Gay Foster Care Agencies
Apr 24, 2019

By David G. McAfee Finally, something we can celebrate. The city of Philadelphia’s decision not to send foster children to agencies that refuse to work with same-sex couples was unanimously vindicated by an appellate court. A local Republican may have said not sending kids to such faith-based agencies amounted to “anti-religious” discrimination, but the Third Circuit Court …

Mick Mulvaney: Faith is driving many Trump administration policies
Apr 24, 2019

By Jack Jenkins White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney declared at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday (April 23) that faith drives the Trump administration’s policy proposals, arguing that “the principles of our faith (are) being manifest” under the president’s watch. Also in attendance at the breakfast — a largely conservative religious gathering …

U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades
Apr 23, 2019 · 1 

By Jeffrey M. Jones As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018. U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average …

How Should France Rebuild Notre Dame?
Apr 23, 2019

By EJ Dickson Yesterday, the world watched in open-mouthed horror as Notre Dame Cathedral, an 800-year-old monument in Paris, France, burst into flames. As the Paris fire department scrambled to save the priceless relics and artworks inside, French officials gradually started to take inventory of what had been recovered from the wreckage and what had been lost …

Organized religion is losing its followers
Apr 23, 2019 · 2 

By Jennifer Rubin CNN reports, “For the first time ‘No Religion’ has topped a survey of Americans’ religious identity, according to a new analysis by a political scientist. The non-religious edged out Catholics and evangelicals in the long-running General Social Survey.” Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, found …

Appeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers
Apr 22, 2019 · 3 

By Tal Alexrod A federal appeals court handed a legal victory to House Rev. Patrick J. Conroy on Good Friday when it ruled he cannot be forced to let an atheist offer a secular prayer on the chamber floor. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a claim brought by Dan Barker, co-president …

Sri Lanka blames local Islamist extremist group for Easter bombings that killed 290
Apr 22, 2019

By Joanna Slater, Amantha Perera, and Shibani Mahtani Sri Lanka on Monday accused a local Islamist extremist group, the National Thowheed Jamaath, of being behind a string of Easter bombings at churches and hotels that killed at least 290 people. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the group, whose name roughly translates to National Monotheism Organization, …

Christian Bigot: If Pete Buttigieg Gets Elected, People Like Me “Will Be Hated”
Apr 19, 2019

By Hemant Mehta It’s been fascinating listening to anti-LGBTQ Christians flip out over the popularity of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. They act like he would get gay cooties all over the Oval Office if he won the election, while trapping the nation under the spell of his rainbow wand. The latest bigot to speak out is Peter LaBarbera of the group …

Pete Buttigieg Faces Anti-Gay Protesters at Iowa Campaign Rallies
Apr 18, 2019 · 2 

By Jeff Taylor Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced down anti-gay hecklers at two different campaign stops in Iowa on Tuesday. The protesters came in from out of state in both cases, and at one event yelled at various points about abortion and the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, often invoked as symbols of …