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Why it matters that 7 states still have bans on atheists holding office

By Kristina M. Lee — June 6, 2021
(The Conversation) — Anti-atheism is ingrained in American politics. A refusal to remove outdated language from state Constitutions perpetuates this prejudice.

Trudeau wants Vatican apology for church-run school abuses

By Rob Gillies — June 5, 2021
(AP) — Trudeau called on the church to “step up” and take responsibility after years of silence.

The pandemic has slowed tourism to Thailand’s Buddhist temples, but the impact is more than economic

By Brooke Schedneck — June 5, 2021
(The Conversation) — Thailand's Buddhist temples, important centers of culture and commerce, rely on donations from international visitors. Because of a steep drop in tourism, these temples have been hit hard.

Pilgrims return to Spain’s ‘El Camino’ paths after pandemic

By Iain Sullivan, Joseph Wilson — June 5, 2021
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — Soul-searchers hoping to heal wounds left by the coronavirus are once again strapping on backpacks and following trails marked with a seashell emblem to the shrine in the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Falwell: Liberty University lawsuit is excuse to shame him

By Associated Press — June 4, 2021
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. claims the suit focuses on his wife's personal life while not addressing his "actions as the leader of Liberty."

North Carolina House OKs allowing right-to-carry in churches at schools

By Associated Press — June 4, 2021
(AP) — The bill is an attempt by gun-rights advocates to put religious venues at schools on par with standalone places of worship.

“Dead end”: German cardinal offers to quit over church abuse

By Nicole Winfield, Kirsten Grieshaber — June 4, 2021
BERLIN (AP) — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, offered to resign as archbishop Friday over the Catholic Church's mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases, declaring that the church had arrived at “a dead end."

Students at Catholic colleges leave with less positive attitudes toward gay people than their peers – but that’s not the whole story

By Christa Winkler, Musbah Shaheen, Zach Hooten — June 3, 2021
(The Conversation) — A survey of over 3,000 students found that how much students' appreciation of gay, lesbian and bisexual people increased during college varied by their school's religious affiliation.

How women in the Southern Baptist Convention have fought for decades to be ordained

By Susan M. Shaw — June 3, 2021
(The Conversation) — Southern Baptists are calling for an investigation into the ordination of three women. A scholar explains why this continues to be a fraught issue, even though 2,500 women have been ordained to date.

Hundreds gather at historic Tulsa church’s prayer wall

By Peter Smith — June 1, 2021
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As the ceremony came to an end, participants put their hands on the prayer wall along the side of the sanctuary while soloist Santita Jackson sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing."

Kentucky ties to Baptist kids agency at risk over LGBTQ rights

By Bruce Schreiner — May 28, 2021
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Baptist-affiliated Sunrise Children’s Services is refusing to sign a clause in a new contract with the state that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Pope sends envoys to German diocese in church abuse crisis

By Geir Moulson — May 28, 2021
(AP) — Two papal envoys will investigate “possible errors” on the part of Cologne's archbishop, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki and three German bishops in dealing with cases of sexual abuse by clergy and others.

‘WandaVision’ echoes myths of Isis, Orpheus and Kisa Gotami to explain how grief and love persevere

By Michael Nichols — May 27, 2021
(The Conversation) — 'WandaVision' reimagines stories from Egyptian and Greek mythology, as well as Buddhist tradition.

Faith in numbers: Fox News is must-watch for white evangelicals, a turnoff for atheists…and Hindus, Muslims really like CNN

By Ryan Burge — May 26, 2021
(The Conversation) — Fox News viewers sway religious. A dive into who exactly is watching shows that it is a favorite among white evangelicals, Mormons and members of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Suit seeks to limit anti-Muslim speech on Facebook but roots of Islamophobia run far deeper

By Caleb Elfenbein — May 25, 2021
(The Conversation) — A civil rights group is suing Facebook for its failure to stop the spread of anti-Muslim hate speech on the platform.
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