March 30th, 2018

Forced marriage is an antiquated and cruel tradition, but contrary to popular belief, its horrors are not restricted to backwards places on the other side of the world. Just ask Texas resident Maarib Al Hishmawi, who paid a harsh price for standing up to her parents. Continue reading

A child bride looking scared
March 8th, 2018

Kentucky native Donna Pollard was 16 when she married a 31-year-old man. Although it might sound like an outlier, Donna Pollard’s story is far from unique. Between 2000 and 2015, there were more than 200,000 child marriages in the United States. Continue reading

March 5th, 2018

An offshoot of the original #MeToo movement, thousands of Muslim women have been using the hashtag #MosqueMeToo to come forward and tell their own stories of sexual assault in the Muslim world. But for followers of Islam, these revelation pose unique challenges. Continue reading

Gay Catholic teacher marries partner
February 19th, 2018

Wedding bells on the weekend, fired first thing Monday morning. Not exactly the happily-ever-after that first-grade teacher Jocelyn Morffi envisioned when she decided to tie the knot. The wedding went off without a hitch, and everything seemed to be great. … Continue reading

Muslim flight attendents required to wear hijabs
February 2nd, 2018

Muslim flight attendants in Indonesia are now required to comply with sharia law and wear a hijab when arriving at one popular regional airport. Violators will face punishment from the religious police. Continue reading

Anti-Semitic graffiti
January 22nd, 2018

When someone mentions a hate crime, you probably picture an abhorrent act fueled by racist or homophobic sentiments. And many hate crimes do follow such a pattern. However, recent data reveal that in some places – contrary to popular understanding – the group most likely to become the victim of a hate crime is Jews. Continue reading

Texas judge Jack Robison
January 22nd, 2018

A Texas judge is facing calls for resignation over his questionable conduct in the courtroom. Judge Jack Robison reportedly interrupted jury deliberations during a recent child sex trafficking case to insist that “God told him” the defendant was innocent. The … Continue reading

Anti-abortion sign
January 19th, 2018

In a stark reversal of previous policy, the Trump administration announced yesterday that it will offer protection to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who refuse to participate in certain procedures — such as abortion — due to their religious beliefs. Continue reading

Stephen Heasley, Andrew Borg
January 18th, 2018

A same-sex couple in Pennsylvania was shocked when they opened a package that was supposed to contain programs they had ordered for their upcoming wedding. Instead, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg were treated to roughly 80 copies of a pamphlet titled “Understanding Temptation” that was filled with hateful anti-gay messages. Continue reading

Emily Thomes claims God helped turn her straight.
January 8th, 2018

In a controversial Facebook video that has gone viral, a self-professed “ex-lesbian” claims that gay people can become straight if only they pray hard enough. Emily Thomes starts off sounding like an LGBT advocate, talking about coming out at a … Continue reading