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Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill

The U.S. Senate last month unanimously passed a bill that would explicitly make lynching a federal crime. Not everyone, however, is pleased with passage of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act. Liberty Counsel, an evangelical nonprofit that opposes gay rights, and its chairman, Mat Staver, are taking issue with the bill’s inclusion of LGBTQ …

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A Christian ministry won’t change its Christians-only criteria for foster-care parents. Is that okay with Trump?

The Miracle Hill Ministries in Greenville, S.C., makes clear from the start that only Christian parents need apply for its foster-care program. On its forms, candidates are asked to offer personal testimony of their faith or salvation. “Our existence and identity is tied to our faith in God and belief in Jesus Christ,” said Reid …

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North Dakota lawmakers want to require Bible study in public schools

A group of North Dakota lawmakers — all Republicans — have introduced legislation that would require the state’s public schools to teach a unit on the Bible. The unit could be on the Old Testament, the New Testament, or a mix of the two, and would count toward students’ social studies credit requirements. As blogger …

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Conservative Supreme Court could reverse decades of First Amendment law

The American Legion and its supporters recently filed initial briefs in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, a Supreme Court case to be argued in February concerning the constitutionality of a four-foot, 90-year-old memorial cross displayed and maintained by a state agency in Bladensburg, Maryland. Depending on how the court rules, however, much more …

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Proposed laws in D.C. and Va. would require clergy to report sexual abuse

In response to recent Catholic Church clergy sex abuse scandals, lawmakers in the District and Virginia say they will soon propose legislation that adds clergy to the list of people mandated by law to report child abuse or neglect. Both efforts hit at the hot-button intersection of child protection and religious liberty, but lawmakers are …

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Ionia Public Schools (MI) Accused of Promoting Religious Graduation Ceremony

Ron Wilson, the superintendent of the Ionia Public Schools in Michigan, is the guy who recently wrote in a local newspaper that the “growth of atheistic and secular humanist influence in our society appears to be eroding the fabric of our nation.” You won’t be surprised to learn, then, that his district has been promoting …

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Half of Southerners believe the US was founded as ‘explicitly Christian,’ new poll finds

Half of residents in 11 Southern states believe that America was founded as an explicitly Christian nation, a recent Winthrop University poll found. The view is a crux of Christian Nationalism, said poll director Scott Huffman. Those who espouse Christian Nationalist beliefs support the idea that the United States should be governed as an explicitly …

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