Monthly Archive: May 2018

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Jesus Rode A Dinosaur: Conference looks at what churches tell teens about science

EDINA, Minn. (RNS) — A two-day conference started with a hunch — that youth pastors in America weren’t ready to talk about faith and science with the students in their churches.http://bit.ly/2kbEtEY

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Good News: Montreal Is Taxing Churches

No more religious exemptions, Montreal is taxing churches: For the first time churches in Montreal are being forced to pay taxes.http://bit.ly/2k7frai

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Arizona Tries To Delete Evolution From Science Standards

Science education under attack: Arizona Department of Education officials are trying to remove the word “evolution” from the state’s science standards.http://bit.ly/2k2UnBx

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Center for Inquiry Rebuts Pence’s Claims That “Faith is On the Rise”

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) responded today to the outlandish assertions made by Vice President Pence at Hillsdale College in Michigan on Saturday that religious belief is on the rise in America, due in large part to President Trump.http://bit.ly/2rMrDjZ

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Newt Gingrich: Atheism Is More Dangerous To Christians Than Terrorists Are

Newt Gingrich – married three times, having cheated on two wives with their replacements – is decrying atheist values.http://bit.ly/2Ih51Dl

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Half of evangelicals support Israel because they believe it is important for fulfilling end-times prophecy

A tenth say it’s the most important reason they do so.https://wapo.st/2rINvwC

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The Irreligious Now Outnumber White Evangelicals in America

New data on religious trends from ABC and the Washington Post shows that people reporting “no religion” are now a much larger part of the population than the white evangelicals who dominate the Republican Party and Donald Trump’s “base.”https://nym.ag/2GaKlH8

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Is the Christian Right Driving Americans Away from Religion?

New research finds that, when evangelical organizations raise their profile by sponsoring a high-profile political campaign, a backlash ensues.http://bit.ly/2jrv3Fd

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Faith-based initiatives: Trump signs order on National Day of Prayer

The executive order repeals Obama administration rules limiting the ability of groups getting federal funds to preach to those they serve.https://usat.ly/2Kyi2Ws

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“How Can a Doctor Possibly Be an Atheist?” Asks Catholic Who Did No Research

This is the “everything is too complicated for me to understand” defense often employed by Creationists.http://bit.ly/2FEKDGc