Religion

In Theory: Can religious ceremonies work online?

The Church of Scotland will be looking into the possibility of conducting baptisms, Communion and other Christian sacraments online. A committee of the church, which has seen attendance drop by nearly a third in an 11-year period, is pushing for "a wide-ranging review of practice and procedure...

  • In Theory: Military college says no to potential student's hijab

    In Theory: Military college says no to potential student's hijab

    The school president of the Citadel military college has said that after a "considerable review," a prospective Muslim student will not be allowed to wear a hijab with her uniform should she enroll. "Uniformity is the cornerstone of this four-year leader development model," Lt. Gen. John Rosa said...

  • In Theory: Is a National Day of Reason reasonable?

    The American Humanist Assn., an advocacy group of nonbelievers and other secularists, is calling on Congress to recognize a National Day of Reason. By design, the group wants the day to fall on the first Thursday in May, so it would accompany the 65-year-old National Day of Prayer. MORE: Read past...

  • In Theory: Does religion belong in history textbooks?

    In an open letter to the California Department of Education, a group of academics suggests a variety of edits that downgrade and in some cases remove references to India and Hinduism from history textbooks. "We recommend deleting reference to Hinduism and replacing with, 'How did the religion of...

  • In Theory: Is Tennessee bill necessary for religious freedom?

    Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill stating that counselors can refuse to provide mental health services to patients if they find doing so would be a violation of their "sincerely held principles." Opponents say House Bill 1840 would legalize discrimination against members of the LGBT community,...

  • In Theory: Judge rules against cross on county seal

    In Theory: Judge rules against cross on county seal

    A federal judge ruled Thursday, April 7 in favor of plaintiffs who had argued that a depiction of the Christian cross on the Los Angeles County seal was unconstitutional. In a 55-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder sided with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California...

  • In Theory: Is there a moral component to a living wage?

    In Theory: Is there a moral component to a living wage?

    Just days after New York and California acted to increase their minimum wage to $15 an hour, dozens of faith leaders stood in solidarity, calling for U.S. presidential candidates to make a "living wage" for low-income workers a part of their campaign agenda. In an "Interfaith Call for Moral Action...

  • In Theory: Georgia governor vetoes anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' bill

    In Theory: Georgia governor vetoes anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' bill

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday, March 28 vetoed a controversial bill that sought to protect religious freedom but was criticized as potentially being discriminatory, especially against the LGBT community. The Free Exercise Protection Act, which was passed by state lawmakers March 16, set out...

  • In Theory: How should our next president address extremism?

    In Theory: How should our next president address extremism?

    According to a recent Pew Research study, Americans are sharply divided, especially on party lines, as to how the next president of the United States should address Islamic extremism. The poll found that 50% of Americans surveyed think our next leader should be careful to not criticize Islam as...

  • In Theory: How effective can televangelist shows be on Netflix?

    In Theory: How effective can televangelist shows be on Netflix?

    Four Christian televangelist shows are among the latest additions to the online video-streaming network Netflix. The shows are Pastor Ed Young's "Fifty Shades of They," Pastor Steven Furtick's "#DeathToSelfie," Pastor Andy Stanley's "Starting Over" and Joyce Meyer's "Winning Life's Battles." "I...

  • Interfaith panel discusses religious extremism

    Interfaith panel discusses religious extremism

    Roughly 250 people attend forum hosted by Christian and Islamic congregations.

  • In Theory: Is there a gender issue in religious leadership?

    Researchers with the Pew Research Center looked at nine major U.S. religious organizations and found that women rarely held leadership positions, both historically and presently. Among the groups looked at were American Baptist Churches USA, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Unitarian...

  • In Theory: Monks press for a national religion in Thailand

    In Theory: Monks press for a national religion in Thailand

    In Thailand, some Buddhist monks and laymen want to formally establish Buddhism as the country's national religion in its next constitution. But one prominent Buddhist scholar is warning against such a decree, saying that it would do more harm than good, Khaosod English reports. Sulak Sivaraksa...

  • Op-Ed: Muslim Americans in their own voice

    Op-Ed: Muslim Americans in their own voice

    Violent extremism from groups like ISIS and their lone wolf recruits that claim to be Muslims make compelling news and present a huge international problem that has hit home. From New York on 9/11 to San Bernardino a few months ago, these despicable acts of violence rightfully capture our attention...

  • La Cañada Presbyterian, Islamic Congregation to host forum on religious extremism

    La Cañada Presbyterian, Islamic Congregation to host forum on religious extremism

    On Sunday, La Cañada Presbyterian Church and the Islamic Congregation of La Cañada will co-host a free and open community forum, "Religious Extremism: Conversation and Collaboration in Our Community." Moderated by KABC-TV meteorologist Dallas Raines, the interfaith discussion aims to start local...

  • In Theory: Can the pope comment on Trump's religion?

    In Theory: Can the pope comment on Trump's religion?

    One of the latest people to cross Donald Trump is Pope Francis, who made remarks about the Republican presidential candidate's faith and his strong stance on immigration, which includes his calls to deport more immigrants and make Mexico pay for a border wall. "A person who thinks only about building...

  • In Theory: A Russian court seems to equate prayer with money

    A Russian regional court has ruled that an Orthodox Church diocese can repay part of its outstanding debt in prayers, the Associated Press reports. The Nizhegorodsky Regional Court ruled earlier this month that the local Russian Orthodox Church can repay the 258,000 rubles ($3,244) it owes — along...

  • In Theory: Did Phoenix leaders answer Satanists' prayers?

    In Theory: Did Phoenix leaders answer Satanists' prayers?

    Opening prayer is now banned at city council meetings in Phoenix, Ariz., prompted by a group of Satanists who sought to deliver an invocation of their own. Members of the Phoenix City Council voted to end the traditional prayer at the beginning of meetings and instead open with a moment of silence....

  • In Theory: Examining the issue of covering nude statues

    In Theory: Examining the issue of covering nude statues

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's trip to Italy last month sparked controversy after officials in Rome decided to cover nude statues during his visit. Rouhani has denied that he requested the statues at Rome's Capitoline Museums, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Culture Minister Dario...

  • In Theory: Should religion hold sway over medical treatments?

    A San Francisco judge's recent ruling has led to new discussions about religion's place in medical treatment. Earlier this month Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith said Mercy Medical Center — a Catholic hospital in Redding — was not sexually discriminating against Rebecca Chamorro, who had requested...

  • In Theory: Reviewing the Czech leader's anti-migrant stance

    In Theory: Reviewing the Czech leader's anti-migrant stance

    Czech President Milos Zeman said this month that it was "practically impossible" to integrate Muslims into European society. "Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe," said Zeman, who went on to say that Europe would "end up like Cologne," referring to the large...

  • In Theory: Is Charlie Hebdo's latest cover blasphemous?

    In Theory: Is Charlie Hebdo's latest cover blasphemous?

    The Vatican has responded to the latest cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, calling it blasphemous. "One year later, the assassin is still on the run," reads the black and white front page, along with a cartoon depicting a bloodied God armed with an AK-47. The edition commemorates a year...

  • In Theory: Justice Scalia questions religious neutrality

    In Theory: Justice Scalia questions religious neutrality

    Speaking at a Catholic high school in Louisiana earlier this month, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said there is "no place" for religious neutrality in the country's constitutional tradition and that God has been good to America because its citizens honor him, the Associated Press reports...

  • In Theory: Researchers project changing religious demographics

    In Theory: Researchers project changing religious demographics

    The Pew Research Center created a projection of what world religion will look like through 2050, based on current trends and "using data on age, fertility, mortality, migration and religious switching for multiple religious groups around the world." According to researchers, in 2010 Christians...

  • In Theory: How faith factors into end-of-life services

    In Theory: How faith factors into end-of-life services

    More people are foregoing traditional burials in favor of cremation, and a major factor behind this trend is decreased religiosity, the Religion News Service's Simon Davis reports. This year, cremation is on track to surpass traditional burials for the first time, according to the funeral industry's...

  • In Theory: Is a zombie Nativity art or blasphemy?

    In Theory: Is a zombie Nativity art or blasphemy?

    A Nativity scene in Cincinnati, Ohio has caused a stir in the community and led to objections from religious groups. Jasen and Amanda Dixon built a display featuring a stable of zombies — undead Mary, Joseph, wise men and a sharp-toothed baby Jesus with glowing eyes. A spooky rendition of "Silent...

  • In Theory: What is your stance on in vitro fertilization?

    In Theory: What is your stance on in vitro fertilization?

    What should be done with the thousands of embryos "stuck in a frozen limbo?" That's the question posed by Michael O'Loughlin, a reporter for the Catholic publication Crux. In vitro fertilization is condemned by the Catholic Church, but for many Catholic couples, it's the last chance to have children....

  • In Theory: What is our obligation to Syrian refugees?

    In Theory: What is our obligation to Syrian refugees?

    As war wages on in Syria, hundreds of thousands have fled their homes to escape the death and violence. Stories and images of these desperate escapes have been widespread. In September, President Obama directed his administration to prepare to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. in the...

  • In Theory: Does the right to wear a colander strain credulity?

    In Theory: Does the right to wear a colander strain credulity?

    A woman from Lowell, Mass. has won the right to wear a colander on her head in her driver's license photo, following an appeal citing her membership with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Last month, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles overturned its previous decision denying...

  • In Theory: Is the coffee-cup controversy a serious one?

    In Theory: Is the coffee-cup controversy a serious one?

    Some Christians are steaming over Starbucks' Christmas cup design — a simple red coupled with the coffee company's green and white mermaid logo. A video of a self-proclaimed American evangelist and social media personality criticizing the cup design as evidence of Starbucks' "War on Christmas"...

  • In Theory: Recent study questions religion's role in altruism

    In Theory: Recent study questions religion's role in altruism

    Children raised in nonreligious households are more generous than those from religious families, according to a study published this month in the journal Current Biology. In a test involving 1,170 children from various religious backgrounds and from seven cities around the world, nonreligious children...

  • Interfaith group to meet for holiday

    On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Glendale Religious Leaders Assn. is sponsoring its annual community interfaith Thanksgiving celebration, titled “Gathering in Gratitude.” The service will be held at 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 1212 N. Pacific Ave., Glendale. The celebration will include music, readings from...

  • In Theory: Should police be involved in student discipline?

    In Theory: Should police be involved in student discipline?

    Footage of a South Carolina sheriff's deputy pulling a student out of her desk and throwing her across a classroom floor went viral in late October, prompting discussions about the role of law enforcement in schools. Deputy Ben Fields, who is white, is seen on video confronting a black female student...

  • In Theory: Is there a divide between religion and science?

    In Theory: Is there a divide between religion and science?

    The majority of Americans see science and religion in conflict, according to a Pew Research Center report. But as it turns out, when people are asked about their specific beliefs, they're less likely to see conflict. Nearly 60% of the 2,002 adults surveyed found conflict in 20 issues of science...

  • In Theory: The role of religion and morality in the economy

    In the recent Democratic presidential candidate debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., who calls himself a democratic socialist, explained what that socioeconomic worldview means to him. In short, Sanders wants to fix a “rigged economy” where a fraction of the top one percent of America's wealthy...

  • In Theory: How should the media handle coverage of mass murders?

    On Thursday, Oct. 1, a 26-year-old man walked into an Oregon community college classroom armed with guns, killed nine people and wounded 10 others. Soon afterward he exchanged fire with local police and was killed as well. As always happens, the killer’s identity was soon known and his name and...

  • In Theory: How important were the words of the pope?

    During his trip to the United States, Pope Francis delivered a historic speech to Congress, urging politicians to come together to pursue "the common good." But as Francis became more specific in his concerns, "the pattern of applause in the House chamber made clear that papal calls to abolish...

  • In Theory: Who's to blame for Ahmed Mohamed's arrest?

    This past month's big viral moment was undoubtedly the story of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old boy in Texas who brought a clock he built to his high school, which led to him being questioned by police — who viewed the clock as a possible bomb — and arrested. The backlash against the school and police...

  • In Theory: Did a teen help another commit suicide?

    Michelle Carter, 18, is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge in Bristol County, Mass. for allegedly encouraging her friend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself last summer. Prosecutors say Roy, 18, was vulnerable, having expressed a desire to kill himself several times. The two had developed a romantic...

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