Liberty University shake-up; Methodists and gays; Atheists and invocations



Need to know: 05/06/2016

Evangelical crackup

Liberty University board member resigns over Trump endorsement

Mark DeMoss, a public relations professional, steps down from the board. More from Religion News Service

The more things change...

Methodist General Conference to discuss LGBT issues — again

More than 100 petitions have to do with human sexuality. More from Religion News Service

Limited care

Report: 1 in 6 hospital beds in U.S. is in a Catholic institution, restricting reproductive care

The report quoted doctors who said patients become gravely ill when hospitals refused to terminate nonviable pregnancies. More from

When speech isn't free

Gordon College professor sues for retaliation over LGBT comments

Lauren Barthold claims she lost a leadership role and was denied an opportunity to seek a promotion. More from Religion News Service

Sounding presidential

Donald Trump ‘disavows’ David Duke’s remarks on ‘Jewish extremists’

Antisemitism has no place our society, Trump said. More from The New York Times

Bonus tracks

The bad Samaritan

Why a Trump-backing tow truck driver refused service to a Sanders supporter

"The Lord came to me, and he just said get in the truck and leave," said the tow truck driver. More from

Murder in the pew

Man shot to death by fellow parishioner was ‘only armed with his Bible’

The shooter at a church near Philadelphia had a concealed-carry permit. More from

Church on wheels

Is the ‘spiritual’ experience of SoulCycle sacred or inane?

The cycling chain gave one writer flashbacks to an evangelistic youth rally. More from Chicago Reader

No atheists need apply

Secularists sue House chaplain on National Day of Prayer

The Freedom From Religion Foundation fights denial of a secular invocation. More from Religion News Service


Sex talk for Muslim women

Few stories have given voice to the sexual frustration of Middle Eastern women who are forbidden sex before marriage, writes Mona Eltahawy. More from

Altar call

First-ever Muslim Miss USA converts to Christianity

Rema Fakih, a former Miss Michigan born a Shiite Muslim, converted ahead of her marriage. More from Christian Post

Not your grandma's church

A white church no more

"The vital core of American evangelicalism today can be found in churches that are multiethnic," writes Russell Moore. More from