Young Americans are becoming less religious — and anti-science, anti-gay rhetoric may be a factor: Pew

Young Americans are becoming less religious — and anti-science, anti-gay rhetoric may be a factor: Pew

Reuters Americans are becoming less religious, judging by such markers as church attendance, prayer and belief in God, and the trend is more pronounced among young adults, according to a poll released on Tuesday. The share of U.S. adults who say they believe in God, while still high compared with other advanced industrial countries, slipped

Colorado man goes on murderous rampage after 911 dispatcher lectures panicked caller on open carry law

Colorado man goes on murderous rampage after 911 dispatcher lectures panicked caller on open carry law

Travis Gettys A neighbor might have helped stop a Colorado man from killing three people as he roamed around with a military-style rifle, but the state’s open carry law apparently prevented police from following up on her concerned report. Naomi Bettis called 911 Saturday after spotting her neighbor, who she recognized but did not know

Holy war: Louisiana students fight Christian indoctrination at public high school

Holy war: Louisiana students fight Christian indoctrination at public high school

David Ferguson A Baptist pastor and an evangelical Christian high school principal are fighting the ACLU and students over a pattern of intense Christian indoctrination at Airline High School, a public school in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. According to Slate, Pastor Mike Welch of Bistineau Baptist Church and Airline principal Jason Rowland are angrily retrenching after

Creepy Christian principal says sexist school dress codes help preserve girls’ virginity for their ‘one and only’

Creepy Christian principal says sexist school dress codes help preserve girls’ virginity for their ‘one and only’

Bethania Palma Markus A Christian high school principal is being criticized for an op-ed where he says dress codes imposed on young women help protect the “gift” of their virginity, which should be preserved for their “one and only.” The piece, published in MLive by Jim Bazen, principal of Plymouth Christian High School in Grand Rapids,

Family questions faith after lamb sacrifice backfires — and cousin is hurled against freeway sign

Family questions faith after lamb sacrifice backfires — and cousin is hurled against freeway sign

Travis Gettys An Armenian-American family performed a lamb sacrifice for an ailing relative — but they’re questioning their faith after he was killed five days later in a spectacular rollover crash. Relatives performed a matagh, or ritual offering, on Oct. 25 for 20-year-old Richard Pananian, who had been battling serious health issues but had overcome

Anti-gay bigots brutally attack elderly Democratic official in LGBT-friendly California city

Anti-gay bigots brutally attack elderly Democratic official in LGBT-friendly California city

Bethania Palma Markus An LGBT rights activist and his husband were violently assaulted and hospitalized on Sunday in what authorities are calling a hate crime. George Zander, a 71-year-old activist with Desert Stonewall Democrats had his hip broken and is undergoing surgery while his spouse, Chris, suffered a concussion and needed sutures in his scalp

US fines Japanese automaker a record $200 million over faulty airbags

US fines Japanese automaker a record $200 million over faulty airbags

Agence France-Presse US auto safety regulators announced a record $200 million civil fine against Takata on Tuesday for providing inadequate and inaccurate information about its dangerously explosive airbags installed in millions of cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the Japanese auto parts maker had evaded reporting requirements, including making “the conscious decision” to