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By Kat K | Organized Religion and It's Negative Impact on Mankind

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An elective Bible course offered in West Virginia’s Mercer County Schools has been suspended for a year while administrators decide whether it’s …

Education

Richard Dawkins On Terrorism And Religion

Richard Dawkins, the scientist and outspoken atheist, speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about terrorism, and how the world has changed since he first began talking about his opposition to religion.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Richard Dawkins is on tour. The scientist, humanist and skeptic of religion is …

Atheism

How Trump Got Comfortable With Saudi Religious Extremism

When we learned Donald Trump was going to give a “major speech” on Islam in Saudi Arabia—penned by career Islamophobe Stephen Miller, no less—there …

Middle East

Who’s more cynically using religion: Trump or his religious right boosters?

“Did Trump know that the executive order would achieve none of the things he had promised? Or did no one tell him?"<p>The Religious Right’s mixed reaction to last week’s highly staged Rose Garden signing of an executive order on religious liberty might be a useful gauge of leaders’ level of …

Religion

Pregnant at 18. Hailed by Abortion Foes. Punished by Christian School.

BOONSBORO, Md. — Maddi Runkles has never been a disciplinary problem.<p>She has a 4.0 average at Heritage Academy, the small private Christian school she attends; played on the soccer team; and served as president of the student council. But when her fellow seniors don blue caps and gowns at …

Why Buddhism can be as violent as any other religion

The country of Myanmar provides a good example of my view that the true nature of a religion becomes visible when that religious group is in the …

Asia

Priest sues Timothy Cardinal Dolan over child porn claims

A Chelsea priest allegedly caught with child porn is suing Timothy Cardinal Dolan, among others, for $2 million, claiming he was falsely accused.<p>The …

Law

Franklin Graham Is the Evangelical Id

The famous preacher’s son embodies all the contradictions of Trump’s America.<p>Franklin Graham is a man of contradictions. He’s devoted his life to preventing persecution and helping those who face terrifying violence, yet he sees gay Boy Scouts as a major threat to children. His mission field knows …

Religion

Donald Trump, would-be peace-broker, fundamentally misunderstands the history of Islam

This weekend, US president Donald Trump is traveling to the Middle East to deliver a speech about Islam. My bet is that within the first half of that speech—written by the Muslim-baiting Stephen Miller—he’ll brag about his <i>yuge</i> election victory, possibly leak some intelligence, and offend the entire …

Islam

A Conservative Christian College Protest of Mike Pence

GROVE CITY, Pa. — On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence will give the commencement address at Grove City College, the small Christian institution in Western Pennsylvania where I am a junior. A few years ago, Mr. Pence would have been a noncontroversial choice. Other prominent Republicans, …

Religion

Palestinian gunned down by settler in West Bank clashes

Protest with hundreds of Palestinians in support of hunger strikers turns violent after settler opens fire on crowd.<p>A Palestinian was killed by an Israeli settler during a clash near the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank during protests in support of hunger-striking prisoners.<p>The clash near …

West Bank

Lexington: Why evangelicals love Donald Trump

LexingtonWhy evangelicals love Donald Trump<p>The secret lies in the prosperity gospel<p>print-edition iconPrint edition | United States<p>May 18th 2017<p>MANY …

Donald Trump

Book of Amos

The Book of Amos is a prophetic book of the Hebrew Bible dating to the 8th century BCE and considered to be scripture by modern-day Jews and …

Theology

Austria passes resolution banning distribution of Quran, use of full face veil

The Austrian government passed a legislation on Tuesday which outlaws distribution of Quran in public and bans the use of full-face veils or burqas, which cover the entire face of women. The provision was backed by both ruling parties in the country.<p>Women who wear garments that fully cover their …

Asylum Seekers

When Christians Finally Get Tired of Being Terrible

<b>I came across a social media post this morning from a former church friend. He was (as usual) carrying on about the LGBTQ community, arguing with</b> …

Faith

Exodus of the FLDS | The Salt Lake Tribune

After a century, polygamists are leaving their home on the Utah-Arizona line<p><b>Story by Nate Carlisle and Photos by Trent Nelson</b><p>An hour before eviction, …

Nearly 50% are of no religion – but has UK hit ‘peak secular’?

Study shows overall decline in faith while immigration keeps numbers higher in London<p>The secularisation of Britain has been thrown into sharp focus by new research showing that for every person brought up in a non-religious household who becomes a churchgoer, 26 people raised as Christians now …

Atheism

The Vatican Is Looking for God in the Stars

Pope Francis urges deep space explorers not to fear the truth about what’s out there.<p>ROME—If you think faith and science can’t share common ground, think again. Experts in both realms met last week at the Vatican Observatory to prove their theory that you can’t have one without the other. “If you …

Christianity

Donald Trump Said 'We Worship God' in America, and People Aren't Happy About It

There are a lot of people of various backgrounds who believe you shouldn't talk about religion or politics with strangers. President Donald Trump …

Donald Trump Blasted for Speech at Christian University: 'There Isn't a Shred of Christ in Him'

Donald Trump gave his first commencement address as president at Liberty University on Saturday, and many took to Twitter to mock Trump’s comments to …

War over gay clergy brings a whole religion to “the brink of schism”

Will the United Methodist Church accept queer pastors or break itself apart?<p>Bishop Karen Oliveto said she was destined to gaze up at the stars. When she was a young girl, her mother — a recent divorcée — would send her daughter to the local church every week to get some alone time. Oliveto …

Religion

Trump to deliver commencement address at Liberty University

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is delivering his first commencement address at Liberty University, the Christian school whose leader was among Trump's earliest and most vocal supporters.<p>Trump's remarks Saturday on the Lynchburg, Virginia, campus will mark his first extended public …

Donald Trump

Christians In The U.S. Are Not Persecuted

Acknowledging theological diversity does not amount to oppression.<p>‘CO-AUTHORED BY ’<p>Evangelicals say Christians are being persecuted. They are. But not in the United States. In fact, the U.S. doesn’t even make the top 50 according to Open Doors’ World Watch List. Worldwide, persecution of Christians …

United States

Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts

The Mormon church, the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling as many as 185,000 older youths …

Church bans yoga because it is 'non-Christian' - and villagers threaten a boycott

Parishioners have threatened to boycott a church that banned yoga from its premises because it is "non-Christian".<p>Church bosses said the discipline that originated in ancient India "might be seen to be in conflict with Christian values and belief".<p>Part of St David's Church, in Ceredigion, Wales, is …

Religion

DNA from exhumed body of priest could solve cold-case murder of nun

<b>(CNN) —</b> The exhumation of a Catholic priest's body by Baltimore County Police could hold the key to solving the 47-year-old cold case of a murdered nun.<p>On February 28, police opened the grave of Rev. A. Joseph Maskell after securing an order from the state's attorney, according to Elise Armacost, …

Crime

Israel a step closer to becoming a “Jewish state”

Israel’s cabinet has breathed fresh life into attempts to codify the country’s status as a Jewish state.<p>A ministerial committee has approved a revised version of a bill first proposed in 2011.<p>Posting on Facebook, author Avi Dichter said it declares the “State of Israel as the national home of the …

Israel

Nun arrested for allegedly abusing deaf children in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A Roman Catholic nun from Japan has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at a …

Inside Evangelical Leaders' Private White House Dinner

On the eve of the first National Day of Prayer of his presidency, Donald Trump invited his closest evangelical advisors to join him for a private, …

Donald Trump