Category: Religion

By Marie Solis Amid record rates of sexually transmitted infections, the Trump administration is handing out millions of dollars in federal funds to religiously affiliated health centers that don’t believe in condoms and refuse to supply them. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report on STDs in the United States, announcing that, …

By Megan Hamilton He teaches weekly Bible study classes for members of the Trump administration and members of Congress. As the founder of Capitol Ministries, he counts Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos among his followers. He uses his influence with Donald Trump and those around him to tighten his octopus-like grip on countries, including Honduras, Nicaragua, and several other Latin …

By Eugene Scott Since the earliest days of his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has been able to rely on the support of the white evangelical community when other groups have walked away. But this week has revealed two specific incidents suggesting that the president’s grip on this group of conservative Christians might not be …

By Hemant Mehta During a meeting of the Porter County Board of Commissioners in Indiana yesterday, there was a heated discussion over who could use the local courthouse lawn on December 6, where religious displays had previously been allowed. For years now, a local non-profit group called Valparaiso Events has booked the space for a …

By Gabby Orr One of Donald Trump’s most prominent Christian supporters will argue in a book due out before the 2020 general election that American evangelicals “have a moral obligation to enthusiastically back” the president. The book’s author, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, became a loyal foot soldier for Trump immediately after he …

By Matt Baume A popular Iranian singer could face the death penalty following accusations that he’s gay, according to BBC reporter Ali Hamedani. The singer in question is Mohsen Lorestani, a resident of the Kurdish province of Kermanshah. While information is limited, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network reports that he has been charged with “corruption on …

By Hemant Mehta Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced that it would not take up a wild case concerning the organization that oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We can breathe a huge sigh of relief that the case won’t be overturned. (In that link, it’s case 19-40 on page 42.) The case, which involved child molestation and religious secrecy, centered around …

By Alejandra Molina LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Christian organizations are urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a bill that would require the state’s public universities to offer abortion medication through campus health clinics. If signed into law, the “College Student Right to Access Act,” or SB 24, would take effect in January 2023. Newsom has until Sunday (Oct. …

By Joseph P. Laycock The Satanic Temple (TST) has another legal challenge on the horizon, this time concerning which websites students can access from public schools. In February, Malcolm Jarry of TST’s executive ministry received two emails from students complaining that TST’s website is blocked on school computers, though they were able to access the websites for …

By Sarahbeth Caplin It’s too early (and still very unlikely) to say that televangelist Pat Robertson has joined #TheResistance, but he’s not very happy with Donald Trump at the moment. On yesterday’s episode of The 700 Club, he said he was “appalled” that Trump was withdrawing U.S. troops from northern Syria, leaving our allies, the Kurds, to fend for themselves …