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Kathy Riddick, Wales Humanists' development officer, stressed that secular beliefs were as important in modern society as religious belief. "RE is about teaching ethics and morals. When children don't believe in a religion, the question is, where they get their moral ethics from may not have been sufficiently ...

Meal program: Immanuel United Church Of Christ, 118 Oak St., Neenah, hosts a community free meal program from 5 to 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month. Those interested in donating money or food to the program are asked to contact the church at 920-722-0381. Mission event: Author ...
A boy reacts as paramedics perform a circumcision on him in Ankara, Turkey, in 2017. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Iceland is poised to become the first European country to outlaw male circumcision amid signs that the ritual common to both Judaism and Islam may be a new battleground ...
The National Secular Society, which campaigns against "religious privilege", says this contradictory picture (lots of religious involvement in education, low public appetite for religion) underlines the need for a huge reform of the way children learn about belief systems. It wants a nationwide "entitlement" to ...
The rise of "spiritual but not religious" (SBNR) is bound up with the civil rights revolutions of the 20th century. The movement away from religion towards "spirituality" reflects a desire to leave behind hierarchical understandings of religion towards a more socially liberal one. This idea has attracted critics: ...

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2255 Central Grove, hosts author and radio host Gus Lloyd in a one-day mission on Feb. 24. The mission is part of a series of events recognizing the parish's 100th anniversary this year. Mr. Lloyd is the host of Seize the Day, a morning radio show on Sirius XM's ...
It is unclear if the ban, similar to those used by the authorities in the Uygur communities, will continue after the holiday, but it appears to conform to new national regulations that took effect on February 1 aiming to increase oversight over religion. Residents in the city of Linxia, the capital of Gansu's so-called ...
But when political leaders' prayers for the victims of gun violence aren't followed by concrete steps toward ending that violence, some religious leaders say the spiritual gesture can feel like empty gestures ― especially when the prayers are coming from politicians who accept financial support from the ...
(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Members of the Bulbuli Bosnian Muslim Choir take in the ambience of the Mormon Tabernacle in 2017 before performing in a Sacred Music Evening, which included musical performances, dances, scripture readings, and prayers from many Utah faith traditions.
You become enslaved to performing your religious duties, and the moment you miss a prayer you start to feel guilty. The truth is though that no matter how active you are in the church or how much you pray, you will not earn extra from God. God doesn't love you because of the things you have done, He loves you because of ...
In an effort to control militancy and the alleged abuse of madrassas (religious seminaries) by some militant groups operating in the country, Pakistan's government recently announced plans to bring all madrassas under the formal education structure of the country. Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan's interior minister, ...
Should God, religious symbols and religion have a place in public schools? Florida lawmakers are trying to pass a bill requiring all public schools to display the words "In God We Trust." Florida governor Rick Scott recently signed the religious Liberties Act, which enables students "the right to pray, lead ...
Toledo Country Live, 6 p.m. Saturday, Church of St. Andrew United Methodist, 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd. The Toledo Country Live Band will follow the theme of "Love." Light refreshments will follow. Free. Information: 419-262-4453. Lenten Reflection with Father Ritter, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sisters of St.
religion is, in the phrase of the sociologist Linda Woodhead, "a toxic brand". In the public imagination the word summons up images of violence, patriarchy and irrationalism. The facile confidence of the "new atheist" movement in the early years of this century was pushing at an open door. religious ...
Should a political candidate's religion be a determining factor in his/her suitability for office? Article VI paragraph 3 of the Constitution makes it clear: "…no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." But that does not prevent voters from ...
Seoul, South Korea (WCMH) -- From the world's largest Pentecostal Congregation to a Buddhist temple of female monks, South Korea has much to offer in terms of religion. In Seoul, you'll find the Yoido Full Gospel Church, which includes about half a million members, making it the largest Pentecostal ...

Do different religions have separate heavens? Where do morals come from? What is the difference between Jesus in the Bible and in other scriptures? These are just some of the questions the religious education Council of England and Wales (REC) says that secondary school pupils grapple with on a ...
religion ... Please send religious events and ongoing listing changes at least two weeks before the event, to: Amy Berkowitz, Times Herald-Record, P.O. Box 2046, ... Please note: Church and other ongoing religious listings will be printed on a rotating basis each week in alphabetical order by community.
The legislation is called the "Coach Small religious Protection Act," named after John Small, a football coach at East Coweta high school. In November, after a complaint by the Freedom From religion Foundation, a Coweta County schools attorney advised Small and other staff they could not pray with ...
Churches and religious organisations in Australia have called for a 'religious Freedom Act' which would enshrine the right of faith groups to hire and fire employees if their sexuality did not conform with religious teaching. Australian Anti-Discrimination laws contain exemptions and exceptions for faith ...
Rabbi Mendy Gutnick of the Chabad of Parkland raced from hospitals to hotels after the Florida school shooting on Wednesday, comforting families who felt grief, shock and confusion. For seven hours on Thursday night, he was there consoling the parents of student Alyssa Alhadeff, one of 17 victims killed ...
Adherents of African traditional religion rail that they "want to worship the god(s) of their ancestors," because they believe Christianity does not appeal to their religious sensibilities, engage their oppressive predicament, or affirm their ethnic culture. In the face of these claims, it is imperative to diversify our ...
A national atheist organization that advocates the separation of church and state has accused the City of Beaumont of promoting religion by adding "In God We Trust" decals to city emergency vehicles, citing comments made by council members about religious motives. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From ...
The women of "The View" responded Thursday to Vice President Mike Pence complaining Joy Behar's comments about his religious beliefs were insulting. Pence was ticked off about comments the comedian made while discussing Omarosa's "Big Brother" warning that Pence is an "extreme" Christian who ...
facebook promotes itself as a neutral platform for diverse views. (Photo: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters/Newscom). Commentary By. Michelle Rioux. Michelle Rioux is a lawyer (newly minted and not currently practicing) and lifelong Catholic. Editor's note: After The Daily Signal contacted Facebook for a ...
Nicodemus Schnabel: This subject is highly relevant and is becoming increasingly important, particularly because many conflicts are veiled in religious justifications. In many conflicts, you suddenly hear religious arguments. I believe that all religious leaders, irrespective of religion, must be challenged to ...
The award to the mother of sole decision-making authority with respect to religion is in the child's best interests, and the award of parenting time to each parent on his or her respective religious holidays will continue to allow the child to be exposed to both parents' religions. Similarly, the father's actual or ...
religious people who uphold the biblical teaching (and scientific finding) that life begins at conception are frequent targets of this secular orthodoxy, not just with mean text alerts, but regulatory action. Obama's Department of Health and Human Services actively sought to punish and even bankrupt The ...
"The council of [religious scholars] agreed that we should learn if we can buy, sell, make settlements with this money," Kadyrov wrote on Telegram Wednesday. "If this is possible, we will come to the conclusion that cryptocurrency is halal," he added. "First of all, we need to find out how cryptocurrency will ...
"Might you be missing out on something-the power of religion and spirituality-by not participating communally?" VanderWeele says. "That's not saying, 'You should have religious beliefs to live longer.' That's saying, 'You already hold these beliefs. Maybe it would be worthwhile to consider communal ...
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may seem like an unlikely threat to religious liberty and the institution of marriage. After all, the federal agency was created to combat workplace discrimination by the civil rights Act of 1964. But sadly, the agency created to fight discrimination now threatens ...
And although the historicity of these films was dubious and even some of the "religious-lite" allowances for mainstream audiences were misleading, these films nevertheless did little to contradict what we were being taught in our Catholic school or within the confines of our Catholic home. With a father who ...
Race is mentioned, as is geography. But religion - I couldn't find a single meaningful reference to that. This frankly flabbergasts me. In an entire article on the ways pornography warps how adolescents view sex and relationships, the author does not reflect a single time on how the religious identities of the ...
These are crimes that were motivated by hatred against the victims -- whether a hatred of their race, Ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. A look at the information from 2016, the most recent year available, reveals a number of surprises, especially about hate crime directed at religions and religious ...
For more than five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light has been shooting Americans without seeing the religion in his images. He made pictures of evangelists standing waist-deep in lake water, shot photos of back tattoos, billboards and war protesters tied to crosses or splayed out on the ...
-Extensive promotion of religion within school athletic programs, including team devotionals; coaches distributing Bibles and other religious materials to student-Athletes and pressuring them to attend church and mission trips; pregame prayers led by pastors in student locker rooms; prayers over stadium ...
Co-host Joy Behar had riffed about Pence's religiosity on Tuesday in response to comments made by Omarosa Manigault on 'Celebrity Big Brother.' Vice President Mike Pence was not pleased with a segment on ABC's The View on Tuesday, when co-host Joy Behar reacted to comments made by Omarosa ...
Whether it be awareness of the fundamental beliefs of world religions, the differences between major religious sects or the role of religion in political and social conflict in the U.S. and beyond, in my own experiences, I have seen a lack of awareness when religion comes up - in and out of the classroom.
ATLANTA - Decades of legal battles have scrubbed most religion from public schools, but the culture war over faith and prayer in the public square seems as ... Williams, a candidate for Georgia Governor, has proposed what he calls the Coach Small religious Protection Act, to counter what he sees as ...
The human rights Law Centre recommended that all rights and freedoms in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, including freedom of religion, should be legislated. Both the HRLC and Equality Campaign called for the creation of a human rights act and recommended that religious belief ...
In his book on African American religious history, This Far By Faith, Williams writes, "Africans did not simply adopt the religion of the European Colonist; they used the power, principles, and practices of Christianity to blaze a path to freedom and deliverance." Not only did they blaze a path but the path was ...
While religious freedom has become a hot issue in the United States in recent years, it's been an issue overseas for much longer -- and has historically been a bipartisan issue. Traditionally, Republicans and Democrats have been able to come together in protection of this human right, whether concerning ...
"Today we need to come together across the religion line," said Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean for religious life, who helped create the living learning community. "I think we need to make space in our country for a diversity of expression. At Duke, we work hard to create an environment in which students ...
The sharpest decline researchers found was in students' discussions of religious or spiritual topics with teachers, the report said. "educators seem to be afraid to discuss issues of religion and spirituality in and out of class … more likely, educators are not equipped with the pedagogical strategies needed to ...
religious zeal led to the crusades, the witch burnings and is responsible for the terrorism in many parts of the world today. But these heinous acts done throughout history, in the name of God and religion, are more the fault of humans than religion itself. No one who understands religion and adheres to its ...
Ying said that the amount of information needed would be based on how serious the laws were being implemented by the Regulations for religious Affairs by higher and lower level communist officials. He cautioned that the laws would be applicable to open and officially recognized religious groupings.
"LGBTQ people across the commonwealth value the cornerstone of freedom of religion. It's a core belief we all share," Mason Dunn, Executive Director of Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition said in a statement. "However, when faith and religion are used to hurt and discriminate, that freedom becomes a ...
Ahmed emphasized the need for dialogue among religious, political and community leaders that are broadly based and representing extremists on either side of the philosophical aisle. He has just published his latest book, "Journey into Europe" with a sub-title, "Islam, Immigration, and Identity," in which he ...
The Rev. Talitha Arnold was just 2 years old when her father, a World War II veteran, took his own life. "You just didn't talk about those things back then. We didn't even talk about suicide when I was in the seminary," says Arnold, who leads the United Church of Santa Fe in New Mexico. Then, when the wife ...


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