Illinois Eighth-Grader Prohibited From Delivering God-Centered Speech, Prayer at Graduation

May 21, 2017

An eighth-grader in Illinois was recently prohibited from delivering a speech and a prayer during his graduation ceremony due to their religious content. Seth Clark, the salutatorian at Akin Grade School, instead presented his message and invocation across the street following the service. According to reports, Clark submitted his speech for prior approval as is…

Journalists Drink Too Much, Are Dumber Than Average

May 21, 2017

A recent scientific study just proved something that viewers of CNN have probably suspected for years: Journalists’ brains function at a lower level than the rest of the population. A study conducted by neuroscientist Tara Swift and the London Press Club determined that “the highest functions of journalists brains were operating at a lower level…

Texas House Approves New Limits on Abortion

May 21, 2017

Texas’ Republican-controlled Legislature has advanced tough new limits on abortion, hitting back at a United States Supreme Court decision last summer that struck down most of the sweeping restrictions on the procedure that the state approved four years ago. The Texas House voted 96 to 47 late Friday on legislation that bans a commonly used…

GOP lawmakers object to ‘toolkit’ for transgender students

May 21, 2017

Some Bemidji-area lawmakers object to a draft of the state’s new “toolkit” for school districts to address K-12 students who are transgender or do not conform to the gender binary. Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, and Sens. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, and 64 other Republican legislators wrote a letter to Department…

Hallmark Is Now Selling Cards to Celebrate Transgender People Who Are Transitioning

May 20, 2017

There are greeting cards to celebrate and support people through all stages of life, from graduations to career changes to birthdays. But until recently, these sentimental notes haven’t always included words of encouragement for transgender people or offered congratulations for a major event in their lives: transitioning. That, however, is now changing: Hallmark has started…

Public Libraries Hosting ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Children

May 20, 2017

“Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?” That’s the question a man dressed as a woman recently asked children attending “Drag Queen Story Hour” (DQSH) at a public library in New York. Since last fall, the Brooklyn Public Library in Park Slope has been offering the storytime for children, bringing in…

Sheriff’s office to remove Bible verse from cars

May 20, 2017

A Virginia sheriff’s department is removing Bible verse decals that have adorned the backs of its patrol cars since March. Montgomery County Sheriff Hank Partin’s announced Thursday that the decals would come off at the end of the week, after county officials began asking questions and amid criticism from the Freedom From Religion Foundation and…

Japanese Transgender Politician

May 20, 2017

In addition to his name and title, the business card of Tomoya Hosoda, a city councilman in a suburb of Tokyo, bears a unique description. “Born a woman,” it reads. Mr. Hosoda, 25, won his seat on the City Council in conservative-leaning Iruma in March, becoming the first openly transgender male elected to public office…

Atheists want church welcome signs to come down

May 20, 2017

A couple of welcome signs in Oconomowoc are coming under scrutiny and creating quite a controversy. The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is asking the city to take down the signs or move them away from city property. Many who live in Oconomowoc and visit as tourists, are there for the vintage buildings and…

U.S. Religious Freedom Report Finds ‘Worsening’ Conditions Worldwide

May 19, 2017

An annual government report outlining the state of affairs for religious freedom across the globe has found “worsening” conditions worldwide, and urges the U.S. Department of State to designate 16 nations as Countries of Particular Concern (CPC). “Overall, the Commission has concluded that the state of affairs for international religious freedom is worsening in both…