U.S. school principals discriminate against Muslims and atheists, our study finds
Sep 11, 2020

By Steven Pfaff, Charles Crabtree, Holger L. Kern, and John B. Holbein On Sept. 11, 2001, the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda coordinated four attacks against targets in the United States, killing nearly 3,000 individuals and injuring tens of thousands more. After these attacks, Americans grew more suspicious of and outwardly hostile to Muslims. Research shows that these …

U.S. Teens Take After Their Parents Religiously, Attend Services Together and Enjoy Family Rituals
Sep 10, 2020

By the Pew Research Center When it comes to religion, American teenagers and their parents tend to have a lot in common – though not quite as much as the parents may think, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data. To begin with, most U.S. teens (ages 13 to 17) share …

Trump announces new Supreme Court justice options in apparent appeal to religious base
Sep 10, 2020 · 1 

By Jack Jenkins President Donald Trump made what appeared to be a targeted appeal to his conservative religious base on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 9), announcing a slate of potential Supreme Court candidates who he suggested would protect religious liberty, oppose abortion and keep “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Trump’s announcement was a hypothetical …

Trump’s overtures struggle to register with religious voters
Sep 10, 2020

By Gabby Orr He recently renewed his promise to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. He drew bipartisan praise for brokering an agreement that’s expected to boost Israel’s influence in the Middle East. And he released an updated list of Supreme Court nominees on Wednesday. But so far, President Donald Trump’s overtures to religious voters …

Queensland passes law to jail priests for not reporting confessions of child sexual abuse
Sep 9, 2020 · 9 

By Allyson Horn Priests in Queensland will now be compelled to break the seal of confession to report child sexual abuse or face three years in jail. New laws passed through Queensland Parliament will force members of the clergy to report known or suspected cases of abuse to police. The legislation means religious institutions and …

Trump’s ex-lawyer Cohen links Falwell’s endorsement in 2016 to suppression of racy photos
Sep 9, 2020

By Aram Roston In his book released today, Michael Cohen, the former fixer for U.S. President Donald Trump, ties for the first time the 2016 presidential endorsement of Trump by American evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr to Cohen’s own role in helping to keep racy “personal” photographs of the Falwells from becoming public. As Reuters …

School prayer dispute: Greenville board splits, nixes legal settlement with humanist group
Sep 9, 2020

By Anne B. Mitchell The agreement on prayer at school graduations had everything Greenville County’s school district wanted. Students could lead prayers. Employees could bow their heads out of respect and utter a discreet “Amen” at the prayer’s conclusion. But when faced with also paying the bills for a seven-year legal battle that the American …

U.S. bishop-elect resigns over abuse allegation weeks before taking office
Sep 8, 2020

By Philip Pullella An American bishop-elect has resigned just weeks before he was due to start the job, following an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor, Catholic Church officials said on Monday. Father Michel Mulloy, 66, was appointed by Pope Francis on June 19 to be bishop of Duluth, Minnesota and was due …

Another Former Creation Museum Staffer Speaks Out About Ken Ham’s Toxic Empire
Sep 8, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Last summer, a former employee of the Creation Museum, Ariella Duran, explained the “toxic culture” of that work environment in a lengthy Facebook post. She worked for Answers in Genesis for just over two years in “every single existing department,” finally leaving in 2017 for a variety of professional and personal reasons. She wrote about …

Georgia Church Leaves United Methodist Over LGBTQ Clergy, Same-Sex Marriage
Sep 8, 2020

By Scott Neuman A local church in Georgia that supports LGBTQ rights says it is splitting from the United Methodist Church, becoming the first congregation in the country to act on a growing rift between progressives and conservatives within the denomination. Asbury Memorial Church in Savannah announced Thursday that it was disaffiliating with the UMC, …

Video from priest says Catholics who vote for Democrats will go to hell. One bishop approves this message.
Sep 7, 2020 · 5 

By Bob Smietana A video by a Catholic priest in which he condemns Democrats as “godless” and warns Catholics not to vote for them has gained the approval of at least one American bishop. “Here’s a memo for ‘clueless, baptized Catholics out there,” said the Rev. James Altman, pastor of St. James the Less Catholic parish in …

Ultra-Orthodox Jews clash with secular Israeli officials over coronavirus measures
Sep 7, 2020

By Steve Hendrix Israel’s rapidly escalating coronavirus crisis is aggravating a religious divide in the Jewish state, with ultra-Orthodox leaders accusing mostly secular health officials of discrimination and fostering anti-Semitism by focusing on outbreaks in highly observant communities. As the government struggles to contain the outbreak, ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbis, cabinet ministers and parliament members have resisted …