Pete Buttigieg, Gay and Christian, Challenges Religious Right on Their Own Turf

As a religious gay man who believes his party has ceded discussion of religion and spirituality to Republicans, Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic candidate for president, is talking about God and sexuality in an unconventional way: He is using the language of faith to confront the Christian right on territory they have long claimed as their …

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‘Bible as Literature’ class could return to Louisiana High School

A Livingston Parish public high school is looking to bring back a course next year called “Bible as Literature” for the first time in over a decade. Such courses can be both instructive and constitutional in principle, experts say, but are fraught with the danger of crossing the line that’s supposed to separate church and …

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Anti-LGBTQ adoption bills ‘snowballing’ in state legislatures

“Adoption discrimination is snowballing toward a serious crisis for children, families and communities,” Liz Welch, a faith engagement strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union, told NBC News. “Once considered fringe policy in just a couple states, the push behind child welfare religious exemption bills has picked up alarming speed and momentum.” At least nine …

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The Rapture and the Real World: Mike Pompeo Blends Beliefs and Policy

White evangelical Christians are a powerful force in the Republican Party. Vice President Mike Pence is a staunch believer and former President George W. Bush is an adherent, too. But no secretary of state in recent decades has been as open and fervent as Mr. Pompeo about discussing Christianity and foreign policy in the same …

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It’s Terrifyingly Easy to Get Measles Vaccine Exemptions

As measles outbreaks continue in the Northwest and across the nation, newly revealed health records from Oregon suggest it’s surprisingly easy to opt out of required vaccinations in that state—as in several others. In Oregon—which has the highest kindergarten vaccine exemption rate in the U.S.—about 95 percent of parents whose kids skip one or more …

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Trump’s Tweet Raises Profile of Bible Literacy Classes in Public Schools

America, it seems, is at something of an inflection point when it comes to religion and public education. Public school students in Pennsylvania are challenging bans on distributing Bibles at lunch, and Catholic high schoolers in Vermont want to participate in a publicly funded dual credit program. Parents are seeking an end to rules that …

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Compared to other states, Missouri’s Bible elective bill is not one of a kind

Efforts to promote teaching the Bible and posting “In God We Trust” in Missouri schools mirror policies promoted by national Christian legislative organizations. “Project Blitz” describes itself as a movement to “protect the free exercise of traditional Judeo-Christian religious values and beliefs in the public square, and to reclaim and properly define the narrative which …

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Public charter schools sign ‘morality clause’ with Catholic church

A network of Memphis charter schools is facing questions and a potential lawsuit over an agreement with the Catholic Dioceses of Memphis. Compass Community Schools is leasing six campuses from the Catholic Diocese of Memphis for just $1. But the leases contain a “morality clause” which says the schools cannot “directly advocate, promote, teach or …

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Catholic Bishops Fund Anti-Choice ‘Clinics’ Set to Receive Trump Title X Funding

Apparently the Catholic hierarchy still has time to find ways to attempt to undercut access to birth control and abortion. As the New York Times reported last Friday, the Trump administration is funneling $5.1 million in federal Title X family planning funding to a Southern California-based chain of faith-based anti-choice medical clinics called Obria. Obria …

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An Outbreak Spreads Fear: Of Measles, of Ultra-Orthodox Jews, of Anti-Semitism

A measles outbreak in Rockland County, NY has sickened scores of people and alarmed public health experts who fear it may be a harbinger of the growing influence of the anti-vaccine movement. But it has also intensified long-smoldering tensions between the rapidly expanding and insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and secular society. On Tuesday, county officials …

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