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People Are Explaining Why They Left Church Using the Hashtag #ILeftBecause
Nov 18, 2020

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By Hemant Mehta On Monday, conservative Rod Dreher wrote about why Millennials were abandoning evangelical Christianity. Someone whose kids walked away from the faith, Dreher said, blamed Donald Trump and the MAGA-ness of so many churches, but Dreher didn’t believe that was the full extent of it. He posted a letter from a different reader that offered even more suggestions: …


Churches, synagogues ask Supreme Court to end coronavirus worship limits
Nov 18, 2020

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By Devin Dwyer Houses of worship from Nevada to New York, chafing at attendance restrictions imposed by state governors during the coronavirus pandemic, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene on their behalf as a matter of religious freedom. Two Orthodox Jewish synagogues in New York this week joined the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn in asking the justices to …


GOP Rising Star Madison Cawthorn Has Tried to Convert Jews to Christianity
Nov 18, 2020

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By JTA and Gabe Friedman Madison Cawthorn, the newly elected congressman from North Carolina who was criticized for selfies he took at Hitler’s vacation retreat in Germany, is a zealous Christian. And the 25-year-old firebrand conservative and part-time preacher is trying to convert Jews and Muslims. In an interview with Jewish Insider published Monday, Cawthorn, a rising …


Mysterious ‘dark river’ may flow hundreds of miles beneath Greenland
Nov 17, 2020

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By Peter Dockrill A giant underground river fed by melting ice could be running in a state of perpetual darkness far below the surface of Greenland, according to new research. Nicknamed the ‘Dark River’, this hypothetical waterway – if it truly exists, that is – may stretch for 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), flowing from the deep …


Religious Freedom Arguments Give Rise To Executive Order Battle
Nov 17, 2020

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By Tom Gjelten Key government policies on religious freedom and discrimination, once set through legislation, are increasingly dictated by presidential orders, meaning they shift capriciously from one administration to the next. In 2014, advocates for LGBTQ rights cheered when President Barack Obama unilaterally issued an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating in their hiring practices on …


How law-and-order evangelicals helped shape today’s criminal justice system
Nov 17, 2020

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By Yonat Shimron When it comes to mass incarceration, American evangelicals are complicated. So says Aaron Griffith in his new book, “God’s Law and Order: The Politics of Punishment in Evangelical America.” On the one hand, evangelicals led the charge for greater law and order in the postwar era, with the National Association of Evangelicals favoring …


The Evangelical Reckoning Begins
Nov 17, 2020

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By Emma Green Andy Stanley’s evangelical megachurch was empty on Election Night, with only a few cars in the Disney World–style parking lot out front. North Point Community Church and its nine satellites in the Atlanta area have been mostly closed since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. When Stanley decided to cancel in-person worship until …


High School Senior Kicked Out of Private Colleyville School for Being Gay
Nov 16, 2020

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By Scott Gordon A high school senior who was expelled from a conservative Christian school in Colleyville for being gay says he wants to start a conversation to help other young people like himself. Devin Bryant, 18, a senior at Covenant Christian Academy, was kicked out in August after he came out as gay, Bryant …


COVID vaccine excitement builds as Moderna reports third positive result
Nov 16, 2020

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By Ewen Callaway They say good news comes in threes. For the third time in a week, a coronavirus vaccine developer has reported preliminary results suggesting its vaccine is highly effective. Today, biotech company Moderna in Cambridge, Massachusetts, reported that its RNA-based vaccine was more than 94% effective at preventing COVID-19, based on an analysis …


UK Inquiry: Catholic Cardinal Failed to “Demonstrate Compassion” for Abused Kids
Nov 16, 2020

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By Val Wilde The same panel that shone a light on the systemic clerical sex abuse problem in the Church of England has released a similarly damning report about the Catholic Church in the UK. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) discovered more than 3,000 complaints of child sexual abuse perpetrated by over 900 priests, deacons, and …