Christian Wedding Venue Owner in IL Turned Away Couple That Wanted a Non-Religious Ceremony


Bed & breakfasts are considered public accommodations.
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Women Are Leaving Church, And the Reason Seems Clear | Religion Dispatches


A new Pew Research Center analysis of General Social Survey data confirms a long-simmering trend in U.S. religious observance: While attendance at religious services has declined for all Americans, it has declined more among women then men.
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Towel Day 2016: Ten facts about Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy creator Douglas Adams


Towel Day, on 25 May, celebrates the life and work of science fiction author and humorist Douglas Adams.
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Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris are old news — a totally different Atheism is on the rise


It’s surprising just how much media analysis, both mainstream and progressive, continues to take as given the notion that atheism can be defined and discussed solely by looking at the so-called “New Atheists” who emerged roughly between 2004 and 2007. It’s easy to understand the appeal: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens became prominent representatives of atheism because they were all erudite, entertaining and unafraid to say what they thought. A lot of people, myself included, were drawn to their works because they were forthright and articulated things we had kept locked away, or simply hadn’t found the words for.
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The Federal Government Must Stop Catholic Hospitals From Harming More Women | American Civil Liberties Union


Unfortunately, it’s increasingly a common story. A woman who is expecting a baby rushes to the hospital knowing that something is going horribly awry. Her heart rate is elevated, and she is bleeding. Sadly, the pregnancy is doomed. Crying and upset, she realizes she needs an abortion because she knows the pregnancy won’t make it to term.   And she knows she is getting sicker.
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Audit of U.S. Catholic church shows sharp spike in sex abuse reports


An annual audit of reports of sexual abuse by members of the U.S. Roman Catholic clergy released on Friday showed sharp increases in the number of new claims and in the value of settlements to victims.
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Exodus: churches lose 11 worshippers for every new member


Mainstream churches are haemorrhaging worshippers around 11 times as fast as they can attract new converts, stark research on the state of faith in Britain shows.
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People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales – study | World news | The Guardian


Proportion of population who identify as having no religion rose from 25% in 2011 to 48.5% in 2014, surveys show
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Christian academy in Kansas notifies students they can be expelled for having a gay family member


“In order to attend Trinity Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas, both parents and students must sign a form that acknowledging (among other things) that they understand they can be expelled if they have an LGBT family member in the home. Not for being an LGBT student at the private Christian school, merely for having an LGBT family member in the home.”
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Interactive map: States of religion


Maine ranks among the states with the least religious residents, although some fast-growing nondenominational churches are challenging that reputation.
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