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February 3, 2017 | Comments

The Boy Scouts of America announced that it would allow transgender boys to join the organization. The group said it would begin accepting members based on the gender listed on their application instead of relying solely on birth certificates. The … More

February 3, 2017 | Comments

A new survey from the Pew Research Center shows that one-third of Americans believe that to be truly American one has to be Christian. Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say Christianity is key to being American. Fifty-seven percent … More

February 3, 2017 | Comments

Pope Francis and other religious leaders condemned an attack on a mosque in Canada’s Quebec City that left six people dead and more than a dozen injured. Francis said Christians and Muslims should unite in prayer over the tragedy. Meanwhile, … More

February 3, 2017 | Comments

This Super Bowl weekend (February 5), the perennial question: Does praying for the outcome of the game work? According to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, 25 percent of Americans believe God plays a role in determining … More

January 27, 2017 | Comments

Many religious leaders swiftly condemned a series of actions taken by President Trump this week that targeted immigrants. On Wednesday (January 25), Trump signed a pair of executive actions that included the construction of a Mexican border wall and greater … More

January 27, 2017 | Comments

President Trump signed a document this week (January 24) that cleared the way for the government to reconsider the construction of the controversial Keystone pipeline. Obama had rejected the 1,100-mile pipeline in 2015. Trump also called for expediting the construction … More

January 27, 2017 | Comments

The president reinstated and expanded the ban on providing federal money to international family planning groups that perform or provide information about abortions. Critics say without this funding many organizations will not be able to provide services for combating HIV, … More

January 27, 2017 | Comments

On Friday (January 27), hundreds of thousands of opponents of abortion gathered in Washington for the 44th annual March for Life. Vice President Mike Pence, a longtime pro-life advocate, was a speaker at the event. He is the first vice … More

January 27, 2017 | Comments

In Israel, the government approved the construction of 2,500 housing units in the West Bank. 566 new housing units in a contested part of East Jerusalem were also approved. American and European officials have long argued that continued building in … More

January 27, 2017 | Comments

Chinese New Year began this week (January 28). Traditionally, the holiday was a time to honor heavenly deities as well as ancestors. Today the holiday, also known as Spring Festival, gives Chinese people all over the world the opportunity to … More

January 19, 2017 | Comments

As Donald Trump takes office, there are sharp divisions among religious groups. Some people of faith are welcoming his presidency and looking forward to more conservative policies being advanced. But others are raising concerns about Trump, his appointments, and his … More