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The American Legion v. American Humanist Association
Issues: (1) Whether a 93-year-old memorial to the fallen of World War I is unconstitutional merely because it is shaped like a cross; (2) whether the constitutionality of a passive display incorporating religious symbolism should be assessed under the tests… scotusblog.com
Thought Crimes and Christianity
When I dumped the belief in God and subsequently the belief in Jesus, I began to revisit the things he supposedly said in the gospels. exchristian.net
Nude Female Christ in RE Book Aims to ‘Provoke Thought, Not Outrage’
At the time of its unveiling, the then-Suffragan Bishop of New York, Walter Dennis, slammed the nude sculpture as “theologically and historically indefensible”. patheos.com
Holy Holidays Without Religion
A 2017 Pew Research survey found that 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas – but an ever-smaller share of them think it’s about a virgin miraculously giving birth to a god. patheos.com
C-SPAN Caller: I Support Trump’s Shutdown Because ‘It’s Getting Us Closer’ to the Second Coming of Jesus
The caller argued that Trump could “take that tax break back” and “build us a golden wall across the Mexican and Canadian border.” rawstory.com
Is The Religious Right On Its Deathbed? Don’t Count On It.
Some analysts, though, believe this might be the Religious Right’s last hurrah. Far-right, Christian fundamentalists, this school of thought holds, are an aging part of the voting population, and their influence is waning. au.org
Poll: Americans Trust Clergy Only Half As Much as Nurses
While clergy may still rank higher than journalists, lawyers, politicians, telemarketers and car sellers, among other professionals, they lag far behind nurses, who remain atop the heap of ethical respect. patheos.com
Cross Case Offers Supreme Court Chance to Clarify Religious Expression
Today, it seems like Americans can agree on only one thing: Our country is divided. Worse, we are divided in our approach to our nation’s bedrock principles — including freedom of religion. thehill.com
Chicagoland’s Pastor Scandals of Power
Two big ones this year in Chicagoland, two big pastors the foundations of whose empires have been shaken. patheos.com
The True Origins of Christianity?
Because we have no writings from the Jerusalem “Way Followers” at all, we only have a summation of these disagreements from the Pauline camp. exchristian.net
Court Affirms FFRF’s 9th Circuit Victory
The Book of Daniel: Prophecy After the Fact?
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