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Non-affirming views continue to complicate HIV/AIDS response in Black churches

By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — A new study highlights an overall negative attitude toward homosexuality in the Black church. Now, Black LGBT clergy members are working to combat stigma in congregations about the public health issues of HIV and AIDS.
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Survey: Post-Roe, White evangelicals remain outliers on abortion laws

By Bob Smietana — July 11, 2022
(RNS) — Americans are increasingly willing to only support politicians that share their views on abortion, according to a new survey.

The eternal truth behind the SBC presidential vote: Location, location, location

By Ryan Burge — June 16, 2022
(RNS) — Conservative Baptists may be looking ahead to getting on home turf next year.

Study: Girls raised by Jewish parents outperform Christian girls academically

By Yonat Shimron — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — Adolescent girls raised by Jewish parents have ambitious career goals and prioritize their professional success over marriage and motherhood, a study in the American Sociological Review found.

Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Americans hold complicated views on abortion — with many seeing it as immoral but necessary. And they often help out friends who choose abortion.

How America’s youth lost its religion in 1990s

By Ryan Burge — April 13, 2022
(RNS) — We are living in the aftermath of one of the most dramatic demographic shifts in American history.

Study: Women of no faith face discrimination — when they are seen at all

By Alejandra Molina — March 22, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Nonreligious Women in America’ details the extent to which women conceal their nonreligious identities, as well as the isolation, stigma and discrimination they face.

Who is best suited to protect religious liberty? It may depend on whom you voted for.

By Ryan Burge — March 16, 2022
(RNS) — Just 8% of Democrats under Trump believed that the president was a worthy champion of religious liberty.

Study: Black Catholics in US are a tiny minority increasingly drawing on immigrants

By Yonat Shimron — March 15, 2022
(RNS) — Only 68% of Black Catholics are U.S.-born. The rest are from Africa, the Caribbean or South America.

Americans support religious freedom — as long as it’s convenient for everyone

By Ryan Burge — February 15, 2022
(RNS) — Speaking in generalities about religious freedom will always win admirers.

The deadly dogmatism of Christian nationalism

By Samuel L. Perry — January 28, 2022
(RNS) — Christian nationalism is the leading predictor that white Americans are more dogmatic.

Scholar: America is still reacting to the religious right, in more ways than one

By Jack Jenkins — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — The shadow of the religious right is long, and may be hindering the ability of modern-day Christian conservatives to stifle radicalism.

Violence isn’t the only way Christian nationalism endangers democracy

By Samuel L. Perry — January 5, 2022
(RNS) — The threat of voter suppression is perhaps more destructive because its influence is more subtle and its effects more consequential.
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