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FEC Chair Says There’s No Separation of Church and State, Calls 2020 Election a ‘Spiritual War’
Sep 18, 2020 · 3 

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By Aila Slisco Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chair James E. “Trey” Trainor III insisted that the separation of church and state is a “fallacy” while describing November’s election as a “spiritual war” in multiple recent interviews. Trainor, a devout Catholic and an appointee of President Donald Trump, made the comments in two recent interviews with …


White Christians Have Become Even Less Motivated to Address Racial Injustice
Sep 18, 2020

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By the Barna Group This year, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and the shooting of Jacob Blake have sparked a nationwide conversation about racial justice. Some of the more prominent responses include a series of marches with historic attendance, a players’ strike in the NBA and WNBA and new policies concerning issues …


The world set a 2020 deadline to save nature but not a single target was met, UN report says
Sep 17, 2020

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By Jessie Yeung In 2010, leaders from 196 countries gathered in Japan and agreed on a list of goals designed to save the Earth. The Aichi Biodiversity Targets laid out a 10-year plan to conserve the world’s biodiversity, promote sustainability, and protect ecosystems. The targets were ambitious, but crucial. One, for instance, aimed to prevent the extinction of threatened …


Christian worship leader brings controversial prayer rallies to cities roiled by protests
Sep 17, 2020

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By Marisa Iati and Sarah Pulliam Bailey A conservative Christian musician who has been staging worship concerts across the country is performing in Kenosha, Wis., and Chicago on Wednesday as part of a controversial movement he says is intended to bring healing to cities upended by racial unrest. Sean Feucht, a California-based worship leader, opened …


Pastor: California’s COVID Restrictions Are Like How “Hitler Used False Science”
Sep 17, 2020 · 3 

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By Hemant Mehta Pastor John MacArthur is now comparing California Gov. Gavin Newsom to Hitler… because the governor is trying to save lives during the pandemic. MacArthur has been in the news lately because of his constant refusals to stop holding massive indoor church services or even take the virus seriously. He’s celebrated the lack of social distancing and face masks …


Trial of Catholic lay leader highlights gaps in church’s sex abuse oversight
Sep 17, 2020

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By Claire Giangravé The sexual abuse trial of Piero Alfio Capuana, the lay leader of the 5,000-member Catholic Culture and Environment Association, began in this small Sicilian city on Tuesday (Sept. 15), three years after the abuse allegedly took place. Capuana, 75,  known as “the Archangel” by acolytes, is accused of delegating his associates to …


Astronomers Discover First Known Planet to Orbit a White Dwarf Star
Sep 16, 2020

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By George Dvorsky The unprecedented discovery of a Jupiter-sized planet in orbit around a white dwarf star suggests it’s possible for planets to survive the tumultuous death throes of their parent stars. Imagine a dim, late-stage star roughly the size of Earth with a gigantic Jupiter-sized planet orbiting around it every 34 hours. It would …


Since 2007, the U.S. Has Had the “Largest Move Away from Religion” in the World
Sep 16, 2020

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By Hemant Mehta In an essay for Foreign Affairs, Ronald F. Inglehart, the author of the forthcoming book Religion’s Sudden Decline: What’s Causing it, and What Comes Next? writes about how he used to think religion was on the rise. With the collapse of Communism and the election of George W. Bush, religious beliefs appeared to be in ascendence. And …


Tennessee school district to stop Christian prayers, Bible distribution
Sep 16, 2020

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By Nexstar Media Wire A Tennessee school district plans to stop promoting Christianity following a lawsuit by two atheist families, according to the Associated Press. The Smith County School District admitted it delivered Christian prayer over the school’s address system, posted Bible verses on posters in hallways and distributed Bibles to all fifth-grade students, according …


Ohio Parents Say Masks in School Infringe on Religious Beliefs, Sue Health Director
Sep 16, 2020 · 1 

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By Jocelyn Grzeszczak A group of more than two dozen Ohio parents are suing the state’s health director over an imposed mask requirement at schools, arguing that the mandate infringes upon their religious beliefs and the ability to raise their children as they wish. The complaint, filed last week in Putnam County Common Pleas Court, …