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Brazil is the most christian country in the world
Nov 24, 2020


I’m Brazilian. For those who don’t know, Brazil is the most christian country in the world proportionally. I live in a family where my mom is an ex missionary of a pentecostal church, and my older sister and my brother-in-law are actual pastors in the same church. My mom still goes to the church nowadays, …


Another COVID-19 vaccine success? Candidate may prevent further coronavirus transmission, too
Nov 24, 2020

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By Jon Cohen and John Travis A third COVID-19 vaccine candidate has convincing evidence that it works, and it may be easier to distribute and cheaper than the two other vaccines already shown to protect people. Developed by the company AstraZeneca in partnership with the University of Oxford, the vaccine had an average efficacy of …


Why the Partisan Divide? The U.S. Is Becoming More Secular—and More Religious
Nov 24, 2020

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By Spencer James, Hal Boyd, and Jason Carroll From a global pandemic and nationwide protests to a contested presidential election, this year seems tailor-made to expose America’s partisan fault lines. Those hoping for a blue or red wave to unite the country on election night were undoubtedly disappointed. What the returns revealed instead was a …


I Grew Up Surrounded By Religious Fanatics. Here’s What I Know About Trump Supporters.
Nov 24, 2020

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By Olivia Christensen During the days immediately after the election, most of which I spent doomscrolling through social media on my phone in a kind of trance, my childhood best friend sent me a clip. Her caption was simple: “When people ask me why I don’t go to church anymore.” I gave the wry chuckle …


Christian couple who said they would try to “cure” a gay kid sues foster agency for denying them
Nov 24, 2020

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By Bil Browning Byron and Keira Hordyk, an Australian evangelical Christian couple who applied to be foster parents, are suing for “religious discrimination” after they were denied. They say the foster agency’s decision wasn’t based on whether or not they can provide a loving home to a child but instead on their anti-LGBTQ religious beliefs. The couple …


Can a Computer Devise a Theory of Everything?
Nov 23, 2020

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By Dennis Overbye Once upon a time, Albert Einstein described scientific theories as “free inventions of the human mind.” But in 1980, Stephen Hawking, the renowned Cambridge University cosmologist, had another thought. In a lecture that year, he argued that the so-called Theory of Everything might be achievable, but that the final touches on it …


Conservative Christians Reject Science, Ignore Holiday COVID Restrictions
Nov 23, 2020 · 1 

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By Michael Stone Anti-Science: Conservative Christians are rejecting science and choosing to ignore holiday COVID restrictions, placing themselves, those they love, and everyone else at risk. For example, Trump-loving megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress says he will ignore the scientists advice about Thanksgiving gatherings, declaring: I’m Listening to God, Not the WHO Newsweek reports: Pastor Robert Jeffress, …


Trumpism After Trump? How Fox News Structures Republican Attitudes
Nov 23, 2020

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By PRRI Staff In the wake of President Donald Trump’s 2020 electoral loss, one key question is what kind of future the unique style of politics he carved out has in the Republican Party. Colloquially, this question is often put this way: What becomes of Trumpism after Trump? To answer that question, it is important …


Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Satanists’ Faith-Based Abortion Case
Nov 23, 2020

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By Hemant Mehta This morning, the Supreme Court announced it would not hear a case brought to them by Satanists who were hoping to overturn Missouri’s medically unnecessary abortion laws. There was no explanation offered with the dismissal, as is typical. There simply weren’t enough judges who wanted to hear this case. Here’s the backstory: As the law stands …


Legendary Arecibo telescope will close forever — scientists are reeling
Nov 20, 2020

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By Alexandra Witze One of astronomy’s most renowned telescopes — the 305-metre-wide radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico — is closing permanently. Engineers cannot find a safe way to repair it after two cables supporting the structure broke suddenly and catastrophically, one in August and one in early November. It is the end of one …