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Oct 23 2023
The notion of a hyper-religious rural America, one that stands in direct contrast to a modern and secularizing urban America, is pervasive. But the numbers just don’t support that stereotype.
Factors like income, race, partisanship, age, and education influence religious attendance more than geography does.
During my first semester of graduate school, I wrote a paper criticizingThe Daily Yonder
Aug 28 2023
French Education Minister Gabriel Attal announced on Sunday that France will ban the Islamic garment known as the abaya in schools.
“The school of the Republic was built around strong values, secularism is one of them. … When you enter a classroom, you shouldn’t be able to identify the religion of pupils,” Attal said in an interview with French TV channel TF1.
“I announce that [Politico
Aug 29 2023
Here’s your news round up from The National Pulse on August 28th, 2023. France has announced a ban on Muslim girls wearing the abaya – an Islamic robe designed to be loose-fitting and cover one’s body– on the grounds that the clothing contravenes the nation’s secular-based education. The ban will come into force on September 4. BBC staff have admitted to digitally altering a photograph of aThe National Pulse
Jul 28 2023
Sinead O’Connor shocked her strongly Catholic country when she tore up the pope’s picture. But the Church’s sexual abuse scandals made Ireland more secular, and more understanding of her criticisms. When Sinead O’Connor tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live” in 1992, her protest caused an even bigger uproar in her native Ireland than in the United States. Thirteen yearsNew York Times (News)
Jun 30 2023
In what is being hailed as a “landmark victory” for religious freedom in America, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) broke the law when they imposed “progressive discipline” on postal carrier Gerald Groff, an evangelical Christian, after he refused to work on Sundays. “Gerald Groff is an Evangelical Christian who believes for religious reasonsBizpac Review
May 28 2023
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday led his secular rival with almost all votes counted in Turkey's historic runoff, putting him on course to extend his two decades in power to 2028.
With 96 percent of the ballots counted, Erdogan had won 52.3 percent of the vote to Kemal Kilicdaroglu's 47.7 percent, the Anadolu state news agency reported.Barron's
May 28 2023
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan won reelection on Sunday, cementing his grip on power. First elected in 2003 as prime minister, Erdogan has reshaped Turkey from its secular moderate democratic system to a more religious and increasingly authoritarian power structure. Erdogan’s rule has complicated Turkey’s relationships with Western leaders—he is currently impeding Sweden’s entranceMother Jones
Jun 19 2023
Human rights groups are blasting the White House for rolling out the red carpet for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to meet with President Joe Biden and address Congress during his visit to Washington, D.C., next week.
The Indian government called the trip “historic,” and the White House noted that “the visit will strengthen our two countries’ shared commitment to a freeHuffPost
Jan 24 2023
There are very few things conservatives, liberals and leftists agree on. But if they are irreligious, they all agree that religious Americans are more irrational than irreligious Americans.
It is a secular axiom that secularism and secular people are rooted in reason, whereas religion and the religious are rooted in irrationality.
This is what almost every college professorDennis Prager
May 29 2023
Memorial Day’s name seems a bit ambiguous compared with its more precise object. To memorialize means to preserve the memory of or to commemorate. We do that with all sorts of persons and events. The monuments and statues around Washington, D.C., and across the country memorialize. Funerals do so as well for the dearly departed. Nearly any holiday, sacred or secular, calls on us to reverentlyWashington Examiner