Magazine report is aimed at silencing nuns on sex abuse, says Vatican critic
Aug 5, 2020

By Claire Giangravé An article in a Jesuit magazine describing alleged exploitation of nuns in Catholic convents has been criticized as an attempt to silence members of women’s religious orders who have begun to speak out against sexual abuse by priests. “I think there is a possibility of a revolt of religious sisters,” said Lucetta Scaraffia, the …

Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo
Aug 5, 2020 · 1 

By J. Edward Moreno Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a staunch evangelical ally of President Trump‘s, came under scrutiny Tuesday from other conservatives after a photo surfaced of him on a yacht with his pants unzipped and his arm around a woman. The photo appeared to be posted on Falwell’s Instagram account, but has …

Iranian Metal Band ARSAMES Arrested, Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For “Playing Satanic Music”
Aug 5, 2020

By Robert Pasbani The government of Iran is continuing its crusade against heavy metal music in the country, trying to censor bands and imprison them for the crime of… playing heavy metal. The latest band is notable Iranian death metal band Arsames. Earlier this month, members of the band was arrested. Metal Injection has seen the …

The Problem With the ‘Judeo-Christian Tradition’
Aug 4, 2020

By James Loeffler Last week, the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights issued its draft report on the global status of human rights. The report, which resulted from a year of cerebral discussions with a carefully curated set of scholars and activists, brought the conversation back to where it started: an impassioned celebration of religious …

The “Spiritual Warfare” Worldview of Trump’s Conspiracy Doctor is Part of a Transnational Movement
Aug 4, 2020

By André Gagné Dr. Stella Immanuel received considerable attention after President Donald Trump retweeted a video where she recommends the use of hydroxychloroquine and asserts that masks are unnecessary to halt the transmission of COVID-19. More information about the actors who funded the video retweeted by Trump has also been uncovered. But what’s been a major source of …

Liberty University Poured Millions Into Sports. Now Its Black Athletes Are Leaving.
Aug 3, 2020

By Joel Anderson In mid-June, as the pandemic surged across the country, hundreds of students were living on Liberty University’s campus. Tayvion “Tank” Land was one of them, taking a summer math class with about 10 other students—half of them his football teammates. One Thursday morning, class was partway through when the instructor told one …

The Supreme Court’s Religious Crusaders Take On the Pandemic Response
Aug 3, 2020

By Linda Greenhouse I know I should be jaded by now by the persistence of the Supreme Court’s conservative justices in seeking to elevate religious interests over those of secular society. After all, in the closing days of the court’s term, religious employers won the right to withhold from female employees the contraception coverage to which federal …

Child rape charges refiled against Mexican megachurch leader
Aug 3, 2020

By Associated Press California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen felony counts. Also charged were Susana Medina Oaxaca …

It’ll Cost $850 to Clean Arkansas’ Ten Commandments Monument After “Anointing”
Jul 31, 2020 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta The other day, I mentioned that four women had “anointed” the stand-alone Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas State Capitol. The women weren’t charged with any crimes mostly because Capitol officials said there wasn’t any criminal intent and no clear cut evidence of damage, at least at the time. I wanted to ask State Sen. Jason Rapert, …

Alabama politician resigns as a Southern Baptist pastor after KKK leader’s birthday celebration
Jul 31, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Alabama state Rep. Will Dismukes (R) said this week that he has no plans to resign from his state legislator position amid national calls for him to step down after he attended a private celebration of the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. On Wednesday night, however, he resigned …

Cleveland evangelist Perry Stone ‘acted inappropriately’ with female employees
Jul 31, 2020

By Wyatt Massey Perry Stone has been away from his multimillion-dollar ministry in Cleveland, Tennessee, for three months, leaving many of his followers confused. But in an audio message played for a small, in-person group of church members several weeks ago — and obtained by the Times Free Press — Stone said he acted inappropriately …

Atheists Warn Spokane Sheriff Against Using Bible-Based Training Program
Jul 30, 2020

By Hemant Mehta In October, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in Washington will require employees to attend a two-day “Bulletproof Warrior” training seminar. The seminar received renewed attention a couple of years ago when it was discovered that the cop involved in the murder of Philando Castile had been an attendee. It also doesn’t help that the …