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Activists Vow To Fight After Supreme Court Allows Enforcement Of Muslim Ban

Rama Issa-Ibrahim, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), was already in the midst of a crisis before the news broke Monday that the Supreme Court had announced a stay of the preliminary injunctions against Trump’s Muslim ban.

December 8, 2017
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Fascist Trolls And White Nationalists Defend Trump’s Anti-Muslim Video Retweets

On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right, ultranationalist Britain First political organization who has previously been “found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.”

November 30, 2017
Ralph Shortey, former Oklahoma state senator

‘Family Values’ Republican Guilty Of Sex Trafficking

Ralph Shortey, former Oklahoma state senator and a county campaign coordinator for President Donald Trump’s campaign last year, will plead guilty to a child sex trafficking offense for soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy in March. In exchange for his guilty plea, government prosecutors have agreed to drop three counts of child pornography against him.

November 21, 2017
Moore

Roy Moore, From The Gadsden Mall To The Ten Commandments Monument

The spectacle of 30-something Deputy District Attorney Roy Moore cruising the Gadsden, Alabama, mall hunting for high school girls to chat up, grope and “date” rivets our attention, and deservedly so. Not everyone’s attention, of course. As CNN’s Brian Stelter points out, Alabama’s own media have long overlooked his depredations.

November 19, 2017
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Roy Moore Proves The Moral Bankruptcy Of The Religious Right

He is a judge who was suspended from his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for failing to uphold the Constitution of the United States. But that wasn’t enough to keep Roy Moore from winning the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

November 17, 2017
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Moore Scandal Highlights True GOP Values

Roy Moore, a former jurist and the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, has carefully crafted an image over the years as an ultraconservative religious zealot. He bashes gays and lesbians, denounces abortion and brings his hateful brand of religion into the courtroom, where it runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

November 13, 2017
o'Reilly

Yes, The Phony War On Christmas Just Flared Up Again

Bill O’Reilly, who paid $32 million to keep sexual harassment charges quiet, spent a significant amount of time pretending there is a war on Christmas. Over the course of several years, in the rare moments when he was not allegedly harassing women on his staff, O’Reilly was piously calling for more holiness in the holidays.

November 8, 2017
Moore

What America’s Founders Would Say To Alabama’s Fundamentalist Hustler Roy Moore

Judge Roy Moore, the “Ten Commandments Judge” in Alabama now running for the U.S. Senate, says the controversy he and Fox News have stirred up is about religion. “Reporters don’t understand religious liberty and where it comes from,” Moore told reporters in Washington DC this week. “It comes from God,” he said, “not from the Constitution.”

November 4, 2017

Tennessee Prepares For ‘White Lives Matter’ Rally

More than a hundred Tennessee interfaith leaders have joined forces to condemn a white supremacy movement they say “cloaks itself with Christianity” in the wake of “White Lives Matter” rallies expected for the weekend in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro.

October 28, 2017
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Trump Pastor Says Catholicism Is Satanic

Dr. Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist pastor, says that the Roman Catholic Church is the result of the Babylonian cult system founded by the Book of Revelation in a video posted on YouTube by RWW Blog.

October 24, 2017
Callista Gingrich

Gingrich Wife Confirmed To Vatican Embassy

The next US ambassador to the Vatican is no veteran diplomat: Callista Gingrich is the third wife of Newt Gingrich, the former leader of the 1990s Republican revolution who has reaped rewards for backing Donald Trump.

October 18, 2017
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Religious Right Using Hurricane Tragedies To Grab Public Funds For Churches

In between Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Trump took the time to plant a tweet bomb under the First Amendment. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” he twittered.

October 16, 2017

Where Is Disney’s Outrage About Pat Robertson?

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting earlier this month, which killed 59 people and left more than 500 injured, televangelist Pat Robertson blamed the massacre on Americans’ disrespect for Donald Trump.

October 14, 2017

Neo-Nazis Have Sent Texas Jews Into Hiding This Holiday Season

There’s an apocryphal story from WWII that when the Nazis started requiring the Jews under their control to wear gold stars, the Danish King donned one himself and suggested his subjects do the same. It’s an inspiring story, and it ought to be true, but it is mere folklore in the service of the more mundane historical truth: the Danes saved most of their Jewish population from the Holocaust, but by more conventional methods.

September 21, 2017
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Air Force Chaplain Denounces Religious Tolerance

A U.S. Air Force chaplain who ministers to thousands of men and women at an Ohio base is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces “serve Satan” and are “grossly in error” if they support service members’ right to practice other faiths.

September 16, 2017
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Story About Houston Mosque Refusing To Help Non-Muslims Is Fake News

Multiple fake news purveyors are pushing a story originating from a supposedly satirical website alleging that a Houston-area mosque is refusing to take in non-Muslim victims of Hurricane Harvey because of their religion. At least one of the fake news purveyors pushing the story is funded by Google AdSense.

September 5, 2017
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How Evangelicals Support White Supremacy—Even Though They Reject Racism

I spent most of my life inside the Evangelical Christian community. I’ve watched society puzzle over its relationship to white supremacy. Evangelical leaders seem oddly removed from the discussion, condemning racism but doing nothing pro-active about the problem. There’s a reason for this phenomenon.

August 21, 2017
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Why Did ISIS Target Spain? The Answer May Lie In History

One, could be Spain’s involvement in the fight against the group in Syria and Iraq. Although Spain is not involved militarily in the fight against ISIS, it has provided logistical help and training for the Iraqi forces. Another reason goes further back in history, according to Mia Bloom, professor of communication at Georgia State University and author of “Dying to kill: The allure of suicide terror.”

August 20, 2017
Travel Ban

Charlottesville Cops Refused To Protect Synagogue

The Jewish community in Charlottesville hired armed security to protect its synagogue for the first time after local police declined to provide a guard for the site despite hundreds of white supremacists congregating on the town over the weekend for a rally that resulted in the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer.

August 17, 2017
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Sikhs In America: A History Of Hate

At the time, the U.S. was suffering through deep economic distress, a panic-filled recession that had begun the year before. Angry anti-immigrant sentiment was ascendant. And hundreds of Sikh men who had traveled from India to Bellingham to toil in the lumber mills paid the price.

August 6, 2017
Richard Dawkins

The Dangerous Delusions Of Richard Dawkins

The recent cancellation of a book event with Richard Dawkins by the radio station KPFA has caused reverberations around the world. KPFA cited offensive remarks Dawkins has made about Islam. Dawkins and his followers have claimed these were taken out of context and that he’s been equally critical of Christianity.

August 6, 2017
Pastor Ralph Drollinger

Trump’s Cabinet Seeks Spiritual Guidance From Misogynist Minister

That teacher, Pastor Ralph Drollinger, is well known to some members in the California congressional delegation. He is the evangelical spiritual leader who once counseled a group of Sacramento lawmakers that female politicians with young children have no business serving in the Legislature. In fact, he called them sinners

August 4, 2017
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First LGBT Unit Created To Fight ISIS In Syria

LGBT supporters are fighting back against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on the Syrian battlefield after three years of persecution in which their community suffered stonings, executions from rooftops and a deadly shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

July 26, 2017
Travel Ban

Amid Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports Of Hate-Fueled Violence

Last Wednesday, July 19, was something of a busy news day. There was word North Korea was making preparations for yet another provocative missile test. The Supreme Court, in its latest ruling in the controversial travel ban case, said that people from the six largely Muslim countries…

July 26, 2017
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Trump’s Next Interviewer Thinks His Critics Are Serving Satan

After two months of cozy Fox News interviews, President Donald Trump finally plans to sit down with another network’s host tomorrow. But don’t expect the interview to shed much light on the numerous scandals currently drowning the Trump administration. The president will be questioned by the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Pat Robertson, who has said that Trump’s critics are defying God’s will and serving Satan.

July 13, 2017