Angry parents protest LGBTQ books in Virginia classrooms
Nov 11, 2019

By Samantha Schmidt When students in Loudoun County started school this fall, they found their classroom shelves stocked with new collections of books. The “diverse classroom libraries” installed in elementary and high schools across the Northern Virginia school district were intended to expose students to stories about young people of different cultures, races and religions. …

Women Accuse Evangelical Pastor Of Abuse Years After Being Told To Keep Silent
Nov 11, 2019

By Carol Kuruvilla Seventeen years ago, two teenagers approached a Southern Baptist church in Indiana with allegations that their youth pastor had used his position of authority to sexually abuse them. Megan Frey and Jo Anna Hendrickson claim that back then, the church’s leader tried to sweep the reports under the rug. The 18-year-olds were …

A Teen Says Her Catholic High School Forced Her Into Counseling For Being Gay. Her Parents Had No Idea.
Nov 11, 2019 · 1 

By Claudia Koerner UPLAND, California — Magali Rodriguez said she didn’t kiss her girlfriend at school. At Bishop Amat Memorial High School, the biggest Catholic school in the Los Angeles area, it wasn’t against the rules to be gay — Rodriguez at one point checked the student handbook. But she knew not everyone on campus …

Calling Out Sexual Abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses Is a Horrific Struggle
Nov 8, 2019

By Summer Lin In 2013, after Debbie McDaniel left her Jehovah’s Witness congregation in McAlester, Oklahoma, she went to police and told them members had been sitting outside her apartment, monitoring her every move. The Witnesses, she said, were trying to make the case that she was unfit to parent her son, on account of …

Malaysia sentences five men to jail, caning and fines for gay sex
Nov 8, 2019

By Rozanna Latiff A Malaysian religious court sentenced five men on Thursday to jail, caning and fines for attempting gay sex, media and a rights group said. Sodomy and same-sex acts are illegal under Islamic law in Muslim-majority Malaysia, although convictions are rare. The Selangor Shariah High Court, on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, …

Kerala Catholic Priest Who Called Kids With Autism “Animals,” Will Now Counsel Them
Nov 8, 2019 · 1 

By Sreedevi Jayarajan Five months after Father Dominic Valanmanal stirred a controversy by comparing children on the autism spectrum to animals, the Catholic priest has scheduled ‘counselling sessions’ and a ‘prayer meet’ for autistic children and their parents in Kerala. In June 2019, Father Dominic was uninvited by churches in Canada and Ireland after his …

A new chain of Christian pregnancy centers will provide a controversial service: Contraception
Nov 8, 2019

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey When a low-income woman searches for reproductive care, she often goes to a Planned Parenthood clinic, where she’s treated as a patient with an array of medical options. Or she might go to a Christian pregnancy center, where she is counseled to carry a pregnancy to term. But some Christians now see …

John Crist, a popular Christian comedian, cancels tour after sexual harassment allegations
Nov 7, 2019

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Christian comedian John Crist canceled his tour after allegations of sexual harassment and pressuring women into sexual relationships were published Wednesday in a popular magazine for charismatic Christians. Five women shared their stories of mistreatment with Charisma magazine. The allegations from the past seven years include that Crist offered show tickets in …

How Mike Pence’s Office Meddled in Foreign Aid to Reroute Money to Favored Christian Groups
Nov 7, 2019

By Yeganeh Torbati Last November, a top Trump appointee at the U.S. Agency for International Development wrote a candid email to colleagues about pressure from the White House to reroute Middle East aid to religious minorities, particularly Christian groups. “Sometimes this decision will be made for us by the White House (see… Iraq! And, increasingly, …

Rapper T.I. Is Creepily Obsessed With His 18-Year-Old Daughter’s Hymen
Nov 7, 2019 · 3 

By Sarahbeth Caplin Rapper T.I. said in a podcast interview Tuesday that he accompanies his 18-year-old daughter Deyjah Harris to the gynecologist — he’s done it since she was 16 — in order to confirm that her hymen is still intact. That, he suggested, was a way to confirm her virginity. “Not only have we had the [sex] conversation. We have …

Atheist Wins Re-Election to New Jersey General Assembly (Again)
Nov 6, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Andrew Zwicker is exactly the kind of person you wish were in elected office but almost never is. He’s not only a physicist, he’s the Head of Science Education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Unlike the Republicans who treat science as a four-letter word, Zwicker, a Democrat, is a proud advocate of the STEM fields. In …

The Supreme Court’s Facilitation of White Christian Nationalism
Nov 6, 2019

By Caroline Mala Corbin Doug Jager, a band student of Native American ancestry, complained about the Christian prayers at his Georgia public school’s football games. Rather than address his concerns, the school lectured him on Christianity and proposed an alternative that appeared neutral yet would have still resulted in Christian prayers. In striking down the …