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The strange origins of the GOP ideology that rejects caring for the poor

No, that’s not what Jesus says.CREDIT: AP/Eric GayThe ongoing Capitol Hill brawl over health care and budget cuts is getting Biblical.In recent months, GOP lawmakers have taken to quoting Christian scripture to defend conservative fiscal policy and their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The first example came from Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS), who argued in early March that Jesus would … [Read more...]

Faith leaders rally to protest Jeff Sessions’ nomination

Sessions “does not share our shared values of love, justice, and mercy,” says Moral Mondays leader.CREDIT: Guthrie Graves-Fitz,A group of more than 250 interfaith leaders rallied in Washington D.C. on Monday morning to protest the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for Attorney General, claiming that Trump’s controversial pick is morally unfit to run the Department of Justice.The leaders … [Read more...]

Faith leaders decry Trump’s ‘cabinet of bigotry’

“We were made for this moment. We must resist.”CREDIT: Bend the ArcA diverse group of progressive faith leaders decried President-elect Donald Trump’s list of cabinet appointments and advisers on Wednesday, condemning them as a “Cabinet of Bigotry” and calling on the business mogul to replace his selections with more inclusive voices.A coalition of Muslims, Jews, left-wing Christians and others … [Read more...]

Mormons are embarrassing the rest of the Religious Right by abandoning Trump

The spiritual shame is real.CREDIT: AP PhotosRepublican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign tumbled into a tailspin this past weekend after the Washington Post released a video in which he gloated about sexually assaulting women. Within hours, former supporters of the businessman began to distance themselves from his candidacy, resulting in an avalanche of un-endorsements that ultimately … [Read more...]

Unitarian Universalists Sue For Right To Use Solar Panels, Cite Religious Freedom

"Unitarian Universalists across the nation believe that their religion necessarily involves taking action…to confine and mitigate mankind’s role in causing and exacerbating global warming." The post Unitarian Universalists Sue For Right To Use Solar Panels, Cite Religious Freedom appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

The Baton Rouge Shooter’s Connection To The Bizarre ‘Sovereign Citizens’ Movement, Explained

Sovereign citizens were ranked the number one threat to American citizens by law enforcement officers in 2014. The post The Baton Rouge Shooter’s Connection To The Bizarre ‘Sovereign Citizens’ Movement, Explained appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

Christian Mingle Ends Legal Battle By Opening Up To LGBT Users

"I am gratified that we were able to work with Spark to help ensure that people can fully participate in all the diverse market places that make our country so special, regardless of their sexual orientation." The post Christian Mingle Ends Legal Battle By Opening Up To LGBT Users appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

After Orlando, Faith Leaders Are Starting To Take Ownership Of Religious Homophobia

"Sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people." The post After Orlando, Faith Leaders Are Starting To Take Ownership Of Religious Homophobia appeared first on ThinkProgress. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Plan To End Modern-Day Slavery

CREDIT: AP A forthcoming speech by Pope Francis tackles the growing issue of modern-day slavery, outlining a sweeping vision for how to address the global problem and asking governments, businesses, and ordinary citizens to step up. On Wednesday, the Vatican unveiled a speech entitled “No Long Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters,” which is scheduled to be delivered by Pope Francis on January 1, 2015 … [Read more...]

Noah’s Ark Loses $18 Million In Tax Breaks

Ken Ham, President of Answers in Genesis, pictured here with a dinosaur. CREDIT: AP A Noah’s Ark-themed amusement park in northern Kentucky was denied roughy $18 million in tax incentives on Wednesday, with state officials arguing that the group violates the separation of church and state by intending to discriminate in hiring based on religion. In 2010, an evangelical Christian group called … [Read more...]

Killing Of Muslim Teen Highlights Possible Uptick In Anti-Muslim Violence

An undated Department of Motor Vehicles photo of Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein. CREDIT: AP Fifteen-year-old Abdisamad “Adam” Sheikh-Hussein, a Muslim, was on his way to play basketball with friends last Thursday evening when he was suddenly struck by a black SUV. Witnesses said they saw Sheikh-Hussein “fly through the air” before 34-year-old Ahmed H. Aden, who has driving the vehicle, ran the teenager … [Read more...]

The Christian Terrorist Movement No One Wants To Talk About

Thornhill Baptist Church in Hudson, Michigan, where Hutaree Christian militia member Joshua Stone and his father David Brian Stone were members. CREDIT: AP Last Friday, Larry McQuilliams was shot and killed by police after unleashing a campaign of violence in Austin, Texas, firing more than 100 rounds in the downtown area before making a failed attempt to burn down the Mexican Consulate. The only … [Read more...]

Georgia Town Bars Muslims From Renting Worship Space

The Islamic Center of America CREDIT: AP A Georgia town has rejected a request from a neighborhood Islamic group for the right to rent a local retail space for worship services, frustrating local Muslims looking for a place to pray and sparking debate over the definition of religious freedom. Last month, a Muslim community in and around Kennesaw, Georgia asked the city council for the right to … [Read more...]