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Cohen: Pete Buttigieg, please don’t equate religion with morality

Opinion writer Kate Cohen recently wrote on presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in the Washington Post, noting, “Buttigieg kept calmly answering questions exactly the way I would if I were a more hopeful, smarter person, which suddenly I wanted to be. There was just one thing that bothered me: the religion.” Cohen continued, “I’m an atheist. I …

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At a National Day of Prayer speech, Trump falsely claims there was little religious freedom before his election

In his National Day of Prayer speech, President Trump focused on how much the United States has changed since his election, particularly for people of faith. The president, who won a large majority of white evangelical Christians and white Catholic voters in 2016, spoke about how difficult life had been for religious Americans before he …

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Conservative group vows to challenge gender therapy ban

A conservative group is vowing to challenge the state’s newly enacted ban on a controversial form of therapy that seeks to alter teens’ sexual orientation or gender identity. Last week, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation outlawing so-called “conversion therapy” by prohibiting licensed mental health professionals from using the techniques and requiring public school teachers …

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Controversial group behind ‘In God We Trust’ license plate in Arizona

In God We Trust. Those four little words are stirring up controversy in Arizona and bringing about an important question: Should Arizona be providing a fundraising platform for what some consider a hate group? Just since 2014, records show more than 50,000 of the plates were sold or renewed, raising more than $900,000 for the …

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A National Day of Prayer guest drove the demons out of the White House

Donald Trump was praised by religious leaders of many faiths during the traditional National Day of Prayer, but only one declared the White House “holy ground” and staved off demons. Paula White-Cain, the controversial Florida mega-church preacher who has been called “Trump’s personal pastor” gave an emphatic address at the end of a sunny midday …

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Why Is Trump Suddenly Talking About God?

Donald Trump is finding religion. Or at least, religion is finding its way into his remarks and his campaign’s rhetoric to an unprecedented extent. The president celebrated the National Day of Prayer at the White House and he said the Almighty had helped him persevere through the ordeal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. “People …

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Freedom From Religion Foundation hires Mark Dann as director of governmental affairs

Mark Dann will join the staff of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) on Monday, May 20, as its first full-time director of governmental affairs. Prior to that, he worked as the director of governmental affairs for the Secular Coalition for America (SCA). He has also served as the federal affairs director at Compassion & …

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After FFRF complaint, Pa. grade school drops “God” broadcast

A Pennsylvania school district has removed a godly broadcast tagged on to the Pledge of Allegiance after the Freedom From Religion Foundation advised it to do so. A concerned Springfield School District parent informed FFRF that Sabold Elementary School had been proclaiming “God Bless America” over the loudspeaker following the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. …

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Ro: “The Global Gag Rule On Abortion Is Counterproductive”

Forbes contributor Christine Ro recently condemned the Trump Administration for their reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule, which bars funding for global health organizations that provide abortion information or services. “The policy will lead to more abortions of the dangerous, medically unsupervised, barbaric kind , which cause up to 13% of maternal deaths,” wrote Ro. …

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