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Why Some Christians ‘Love the Meanest Parts’ of Trump
Aug 19, 2019

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By Emma Green Ben Howe is angry at evangelicals. As he describes it, he is angry that they didn’t just vote for Donald Trump in record numbers, but repeatedly provide moral cover for his outrageous failings. He is angry that leaders of the religious right, who long claimed to be the champions of American morality, …


Christian Right Loves Labor’s ‘License to Discriminate’ Rule
Aug 19, 2019

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By Trudy Ring Leaders of the Christian right are loving the Department of Labor’s announcement that it wants to let companies with government contracts discriminate against those who offend a contractor’s religious beliefs. The DOL’s proposed rule, announced Wednesday, met with outrage from LGBTQ and other civil rights groups, which say it would allow even for-profit companies …


A Controversial Ten Commandments Monument Will Go Up at a PA Catholic School
Aug 19, 2019

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By Hemant Mehta A giant Ten Commandments monument will go up outside Mary Queen of Apostles School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. That wouldn’t normally be a story — if anything, the most noteworthy thing about it is that a religious monument is going up outside a religious school for once — …


Homeopathic treatment claims to ‘cure’ autism in NZ
Aug 19, 2019

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By Farah Hancock A homeopathic treatment regime invented to ‘cure’ autism is in use in New Zealand. Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression, or CEASE therapy as it is known, has drawn international condemnation and the United Kingdom advertising watchdog is now cracking down on false claims made by hundreds of homeopaths offering the treatment. …


Chemists make first-ever ring of pure carbon
Aug 16, 2019

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By Davide Castelvecchi Long after most chemists had given up trying, a team of researchers has synthesized the first ring-shaped molecule of pure carbon — a circle of 18 atoms. The chemists started with a triangular molecule of carbon and oxygen, which they manipulated with electric currents to create the carbon-18 ring. Initial studies of …


Trump administration proposes protecting federal contractors who fire or hire workers based on religious beliefs
Aug 16, 2019

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By Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Julie Zauzmer The Labor Department announced a new proposal Wednesday aiming to give religious employers who seek federal contracts broad freedom to hire and fire workers. Some religious organizations praised the proposed rule as providing much-needed clarification, but opponents quickly decried it as a license to discriminate against LGBT people, …


A United Methodist group proposes a denominational breakup
Aug 16, 2019

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By Yonat Shimron A dozen United Methodists meeting secretly in Indianapolis earlier this summer have unveiled a blueprint for spinning off one or two new denominations, hoping to put an end to decades of battles over LGBTQ inclusion. The plan would allow the United Methodist Church to create a new, fully independent body for more …


Atheist Group Wants to Help Other KY Schools Sidestep the “In God We Trust” Law
Aug 16, 2019

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By Hemant Mehta There are currently nine states that have implemented laws forcing public schools to put up “In God We Trust” signs (with more trying to pass that legislation). Many of those states are very specific about the size of the displays… but not Kentucky. That’s why, yesterday, I could post about how the …


Jupiter may have had a head-on collision with a massive protoplanet
Aug 15, 2019

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By John Timmer Planet-forming disks start out as a mix of dust and gas, but the gas doesn’t stick around for long. As the star at their center ignites, the radiation it emits starts driving off the gas, eventually leaving a disk with nothing but dust behind. That creates a narrow window for the formation …


‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter
Aug 15, 2019

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By Gretchen Vogel In hundreds of grocery stores here, shoppers can pay a few extra cents for eggs stamped with a heart and the word respeggt—to show that they were laid by hens that did not hatch alongside male chicks destined for slaughter. This week, the eggs will be available for the first time in stores …