5 facts about the Pledge of Allegiance
Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court – the state’s highest court – will hear arguments today in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, a case in which an anonymous atheist couple is challenging the use of the phrase “under God” in recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Humanist […]
Half of Americans say sexual orientation cannot be changed
While half of Americans say that a gay or lesbian person’s sexual orientation cannot be changed, 36% say it can.
During the turmoil in Egypt, Christians have faced continued violence
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Most Americans oppose political endorsements from churches
Some religious groups are pushing for an end to a ban on clergy endorsements of political candidates. Pew Research polling has shown that Americans are wary of church involvement in partisan politics.
Racial and ethnic groups view “radical life extension” differently
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Utah Mormons celebrate Pioneer Day
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On first trip as pope, Francis visits Brazil for World Youth Day
Out of the more than 120 million Catholics in Brazil, 32.6 million are between 15 and 29 years old.
American Catholics want Pope Francis to address abuse scandal
As Pope Francis begins to address issues facing the church, Pew Research Center surveys of American Catholics finds that seven-in-ten think it’s important for the church to address the sex-abuse scandal.
Many American Catholics at odds with Vatican on homosexuality
Four-in-ten Catholics say there is “a lot” of conflict between their personal religious beliefs and homosexuality.
South Carolina valedictorian reignites debate on prayer in school
Earlier this month, the valedictorian at Liberty (S.C.) High School ripped up his prepared graduation speech, which had been approved by school officials, and instead recited the Lord’s Prayer at the public school’s graduation ceremony. According to CNN, Roy Costner IV said he was trying to make a statement that “taking prayer out of schools […]