WASHINGTON (RNS) They argue it would weaken America's military readiness and is at odds with traditional male-female relationships.
(RNS) In January, a U.S. Army official told Heathen representatives that the old Norse religion of Asatru had been granted official recognition -- only to backtrack a few days later.
(Reuters) Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, last year admitted it conducted virginity tests on women trying to join the police or military even though the World Health Organization says the test has no scientific validity.
WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) The vile emails that so-called Christians send to an outspoken church-state watchdog activist display an appalling rejection of Christ’s message of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation.
From the popularity of 'Cosmos' on Fox-TV to the Roku launch of 'Atheist TV', from open atheist James Woods's inspiring congressional campaign to Richard Dawkins's less-than-inspiring tweets, atheists made headlines all year.
ABU SNAN, Israel (RNS) Amid recent violence, a small, secretive religious sect finds itself on the front lines and questioning its future in Israel.
(RNS) The suit charges that the Navy inconsistently requires accommodation of religious practices for sailors while not permitting a humanist chaplain because “the Navy does not consider Humanism to be a religion.”
"It feels as if there is no consistency in the decisions being made—and as such, it rings alarm bells in my mind," Dr. Jason Heap, the first Humanist chaplain applicant for the U.S. Navy, tells RNS.
"There is a very powerful minority—about 19 percent—of military personnel representing evangelistic and anti-atheist constituencies in the military." Former U.S. Army Captain and President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers Jason Torpy speaks with RNS.
(RNS) He's willing to sign a secular version of the Air Force oath but there's no such legal option.
Hobby Lobby won their fight against Obamacare's contraception mandate in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling. But the struggle over the meaning and limits of religious liberty is far from over.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The change comes against a backdrop of persistent claims from atheists and other nonbelievers that the military is dominated by a Christian culture that is often hostile to unbelief.
Is the Air Force Academy creating an atmosphere that "encourage[s] atheism [and] prosecute[s] Christianity," as a commentator is claiming? No. Here's why.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Pentagon officials told members of Congress at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday that they are unaware of any pattern of religious discrimination in the chaplain corps.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “They’ve learned to live with the repeal of DADT (Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell) and so I think they can get along very well with yarmulkes and beards,” said Rabbi Sanford Dresin, director of military programs for the Florida-based Aleph Institute.