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Catholic schools force students to study religion despite court order

Catholic schools in Ontario are requiring students to take religious courses despite a recent court decision that ruled they can't be forced to attend.<p>In multiple correspondences reviewed by The Globe and Mail, Catholic school board officials from across the province have denied requests from …

Education

Religion should be an elective course

At one time Ontario's Catholic schools served a clear and narrow purpose: Their mission was to teach Catholic students a curriculum steeped in church doctrine. Their mandate was guaranteed as part of a bargain struck at the time of Confederation. Ontario agreed to fund a Catholic school system and …

Religion

One of the Stars of '10 Things I Hate About You' Started a Religion

Inside the church of Andrew Keegan.<p><i>All photos by Amir Magal</i><p>Sitting in the heart of Venice Beach, California, is a church one block away from the iconic Gold's Gym and a stone's throw from the new Google offices. The building represents the neighborhood's storied history with religion – it once …

Transcendental Meditation

Freedom from Religion

<i>Photo: Artist Alan May and myself at an event for the SF Food Bank (photo by Blodwen Tarter)</i><p>I wrote "Losing My Religion" a scant 48 hours ago. Much has changed since the publication.<p>The next morning, I walked into the restaurant and was told that my services would no longer be needed.<p>I am okay with …

Religion

How Religion Turned Texas Red

Conventional wisdom says Texas went Republican when the Democrats endorsed civil rights. Historian Robert Wuthnow says the shift started much earlier and was driven by religion.<p>Read more on The Daily Beast

Religion

Here's What Politics And Religion In Texas Tell Us About Modern America

<i>"Rough Country: How Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible-Belt State" By Robert Wuthnow.Princeton University Press; 654 pages.</i><p>TEXANS miss few opportunities to boast of their history. The capsule version, peddled by politicians and populists, is as follows. Inspired by the deaths of a small …

Ku Klux Klan

China To Pope Francis: Don't ‘Interfere' With Our Country's Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) China has reacted cautiously to a bid by Pope Francis to open new dialogue with Beijing, with some officials quick to warn the Vatican not to “interfere” with the country’s religion.<p>On his return flight from a five-day tour of South Korea, Francis said he was ready to go to China …

Does Islamic State's Brutality Really Have Nothing to Do With Religion?

In his remarks on the brutal execution of James Foley in Iraq, President Obama claimed "no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day." It's a common refrain, the usual condemnation of a brutal act by Islamists …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Freedom of Religion Requires Freedom From Religion

Conservatives insist that the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, and argue against strict separation of church …

Religion

Catholic teacher rapped for telling pupils they can skip religion classes

An Ontario Catholic high school teacher was disciplined for informing his students they can't be forced to study religion, underscoring the determination of Catholic school boards to get students to take religious studies.<p>The teacher, Paul Blake, had a disciplinary note attached to his file in May, …

Religion

Severed Heads And Righteous Religion: Not In My Muslim Name

Two pictures from Morocco have haunted me this summer but for wildly different reasons. One made me laugh because it was silly, the other made me sick because it’s the most repulsive thing you could ever see. I write this column because the disproportionate reaction these pictures have generated …

Study: Science and Religion Really Are Enemies After All

Are science and religion doomed to eternal "warfare," or can they just get along? Philosophers, theologians, scientists, and atheists debate this …

The Myth of a 'War on Religion'

A recent study found liberals were more likely to fib about attending services—showing there's still a greater stigma against atheism than belief.<p>Last week, the Public Religion Research Institute published a study showing that Americans want their fellow citizens to think they are more religiously …

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'Suicide tourism' to Switzerland has doubled since 2009

The law on assisted suicide in Switzerland isn't clear, according to a paper published in the journal Law, Ethics and Medicine on August 20. That's why, the authors say, people from other countries are traveling to the state of Zurich for the "sole purpose of committing suicide."<p>They're called …

Joni Ernst: I was harassed in the military

Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst says in an interview published Friday that she was sexually harassed during her time in the military.<p>“I had comments, passes, things like that,” Ernst told Time, which noted she served more than 20 years in the military.<p>Of the harassment, Ernst said it was …