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Religious exemption in state’s anti-discrimination laws only would add injustice

By Daniel Smith Fifty years ago, in the wake of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act. Congress was coming to terms with the awful truth that people of color were systematically refused a decent place to live. And they decided it was time to do […]

Ten Commandments display to go back up at Arkansas capitol after first one destroyed

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By Morgan Gstalter The date is set for the new Ten Commandments monument to go up at the Arkansas capitol after the first version was destroyed when a driver plowed into it. State Sen. Jason Rapert (R), who sponsored the original monument, said that crews will reinstall the Ten Commandments on the statehouse grounds in Little Rock next […]

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Catholic Hospitals Require the Burial of Fetal Remains; All of Texas May Follow

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By Hemant Mehta Last year, Texas passed a law saying all fetal remains had to be buried or cremated. That used to be the case only for fetuses older than 20 weeks, but the new anti-abortion measure made the age irrelevant. The law also banned donation of that tissue for research purposes. It was blocked by a […]

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White Evangelical Men Can’t Get Enough of Trump

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By Harriet Sinclair A record number of white evangelical Christians say they support President Donald Trump. According to a poll from the Public Religion Research Institute released on Thursday, 75 percent on white evangelicals said they had a favourable view of the president and just 22 percent saying they had an unfavourable view. And white evangelical men […]

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How to blow up a star

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By Elizabeth Gibney After spending three months trying to blow up a star, Hans-Thomas Janka and his team finally saw what they had been waiting for. Like the world’s most patient pyromaniacs, they watched their massive stellar simulation — rendered in painstaking detail — inch closer to detonation. Each day, their supercomputer ticked through just 5 […]

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I Hung Out with Followers of Indonesia’s Self-Proclaimed Doomsday Prophet

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By Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja The biblical Garden of Eden was probably somewhere in modern-day Iraq. But what a lot of people don’t know is that there’s another Eden—a secretive place where people are preparing for the end of the world, right in the middle of the Indonesian capital. Two weeks ago, I found myself standing at the gates […]

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The Trump administration is paying Focus on the Family to stop the AIDS epidemic in South Africa

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By Danielle McLean The State Department gave a prominent anti-LGBTQ religious organization a grant to combat HIV/AIDS in South Africa through a religious program that pressures kids into pledging that they will abstain from sex until marriage. An affiliate of Focus on the Family (FOTF) received a $49,505 grant under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan […]

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NJ Supreme Court Says Taxpayer Money Cannot Be Used to Fund Church Renovations

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By Hemant Mehta In a unanimous decision just announced by the New Jersey Supreme Court, taxpayer dollars cannot be used to help repair or maintain churches. It’s a major victory for church/state separation advocates and one that will save taxpayers in the state millions of dollars that would otherwise have gone to promoting religious dogma. […]

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How Would We Know If Intelligent Life Existed on Earth Before Humans?

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By Charles Q. Choi Reptilian menaces called Silurians evolved on Earth before humankind — at least in the “Doctor Who” rendition of the universe. But science fiction aside, how would we know if some advanced civilization existed on our home planet millions of years before brainy humans showed up? This is a serious question, and serious […]

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Otter Poop Helps Scientists Track Pollution at a Superfund Site

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By Deirdre Lockwood The Duwamish River, which winds through Seattle, contains a lot of unpleasant stuff. In one industrially contaminated stretch, which has been designated a Superfund site, levels of many pollutants exceed state health standards. The compounds, which include notorious chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), settle in river […]

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