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An astonishing 29% of LGBT teens attempted suicide in the past year, compared to just 6% of heterosexual teens. However, a new study links the legalization of gay marriage to a marked decrease in suicide attempts among this vulnerable group. Continue reading
The Boy Scouts of America recently opened up membership to transgender boys. Some characterize the policy as sensible and compassionate, while others were less than thrilled by the move. What do you think? Continue reading
The debate is about as old as this country itself, and you need not travel far to find supporters for both sides of the argument. Many people insist that although Christianity remains the dominant religion in the United States, we are not, by definition, a “Christian country”. Others emphatically disagree. What do you think?
According to FBI statistics, there were nearly 1.2 million violent crimes committed across the United States in the year 2015 alone. Even innocent turtles and veterans are exempt from violence in our society. What gives? Continue reading
President Trump told a gathering of religious leaders that his administration will “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment – an IRS rule which prevents churches from endorsing specific candidates running for office. Some people think the rule change will have unintended consequences. Should churches be allowed to get involved with politics? Continue reading
In countries all around the world today there is a growing movement urging a retreat from “globalism” – the focus on global issues and international relationships. These feelings have clearly been lurking under the surface for some time, but proponents of this ideology have become increasingly vocal – and influential – over the past few years. Continue reading
On January 21st, the day after the 45th president of the United States was sworn into office, an estimated 1 million people participated in the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Today, thousands marched to the Supreme Court in support of pro-life causes. We examine the power of protest movements in America. Continue reading
Last fall thousands of people descended upon the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to protest the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil pipeline whose construction threatened sacred tribal artifacts and burial sites. Protesters voiced environmental concerns regarding the pipeline itself, while also stressing … Continue reading
Some people want stronger gun control measures, while others insist the government should get out of the way. Are mass shootings preventable? What does religion say about owning guns? Continue reading
January 16th is Religious Freedom Day, the birthday of religious freedom in the United States. We’ve come a long way since Thomas Jefferson penned his famous statute, but by some indications we have a long ways to go. Continue reading