Azerbaijan Strengthens Control Over Religious Organizations

Azerbaijan Strengthens Control Over Religious Organizations The State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations will apply new rules for inspecting religious organizations. Developed under the law…

Indian Supreme Court Recognizes Transgenders as ‘Third Gender’

Indian Supreme Court Recognizes Transgenders as ‘Third Gender’ India’s Supreme Court has recognized transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling. “It is the right of…

Bhutan Pastors Jailed Without Charges

Bhutan Pastors Jailed Without Charges THIMPHU, Bhutan (Morning Star News) – Two pastors in southern Bhutan have spent more than a month in jail without being…

Study: Online Porn Seen by 200,000 UK Kids in One Month

Study: Online Porn Seen by 200,000 UK Kids in One Month At least 200,000 under 16-year-olds saw internet porn in a single month last year, an online video watchdog has said.…

Calgary Christian School Center of Controversy Over Possible Expulsion of Immoral Students, Staff

Calgary Christian School Center of Controversy Over Possible Expulsion of Immoral Students, Staff An agreement between a public school board and a faith-based Calgary facility threatens students with expulsion and staff with dismissal…

Secular Groups Attack Plan to Make Religion Part of Scottish Constitution

Secular Groups Attack Plan to Make Religion Part of Scottish Constitution A proposal to acknowledge the role of religion in any future constitution for Scotland has provoked a stringent response from…

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Missouri School District Affirms Student’s Rights After Teacher Forbids Bible Discussion

Missouri School District Affirms Student’s Rights After Teacher Forbids Bible Discussion

POTOSI, Mo. – A Missouri school district and high school principal have affirmed a student’s right to bring her Bible to school and discuss religion with friends after a teacher allegedly forbid her from doing so. Angela English told reporters this week that her 15-year-old…

Supreme Court Declines Appeal of Christian Photographer Ordered to Shoot Same-Sex Ceremonies

Supreme Court Declines Appeal of Christian Photographer Ordered to Shoot Same-Sex Ceremonies

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of a Christian photographer who was ordered to shoot same-sex ceremonies despite her religious beliefs, allowing the mandate to stand. As previously reported, Elane Huguenin and her husband Jon run Elane Photography in Albuquerque.…

New PBS Series Pushing Evolution Urges Viewers to ‘Come Face-to-Face with Their Inner Fish’

New PBS Series Pushing Evolution Urges Viewers to ‘Come Face-to-Face with Their Inner Fish’

In a new television series on PBS, an evolutionary paleontologist tries to convince viewers that they are direct descendants of fish from millions of years ago. Dr. Neil Shubin is a professor at the University of Chicago who primarily studies evolution. In 2008, Shubin published…

New Orleans City Council Officially Lifts Ban on Preaching After Sundown

New Orleans City Council Officially Lifts Ban on Preaching After Sundown

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans City Council voted last week to repeal a controversial ban against street preaching and evangelism on Bourbon Street. New Orleans, which is notorious for its sexually explicit displays during its annual Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence celebrations, enacted the ”Aggressive Solicitation” ordinance in…

Judge Declares North Dakota’s Ban on Abortion When Heartbeat Detected ‘Unconstitutional’

Judge Declares North Dakota’s Ban on Abortion When Heartbeat Detected ‘Unconstitutional’

BISMARCK, N.D. – A federal judge nominated by George W. Bush has overturned a North Dakota law that banned abortions when a heartbeat is detected, declaring the restriction ‘unconstitutional.’ As previously reported, lawmakers in the state passed HB 1456 in March 2013, which was later signed…