Trans Targets

Having Lost The Legal Fight Over Marriage Equality, The Religious Right Is Increasingly Attacking The Transgender Community

By Liz Dyer   “If God didn’t give you access to a male or female bathroom via your anatomy, neither should we give you access via ordinance or legislation.” Those words, uttered by a youth minister to the North Carolina legislative chamber earlier this ye ... Read »

Mass. Supreme Court Hears Church-Aid Case Filed By AU

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is considering arguments made by Americans United that state and local grant money should not be used to restore church facilities. The state high court heard arguments on Sept. 7 in Caplan v. Town of Acton, a suit ... Read »

Texas Churches Sue FEMA For Tax Aid In Wake Of Hurricane

Three Texas churches are suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), demanding taxpayer aid to help them rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The conservative legal group the Becket Fund on Sept. 4 filed a federal lawsuit, Harvest Family Chu ... Read »

Former Ala. Judge Roy Moore Wins GOP Nod For U.S. Senate

Former Alabama Supreme Court justice Roy Moore on Sept. 26 defeated Republican rival Luther Strange to win the GOP nod for the state’s U.S. Senate seat, putting Moore in a strong position to win the slot in this deeply conservative state. The seat was vac ... Read »

Around The World: Saudi Women Given Right To Drive

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive starting June 2018, marking a small advance for women in the officially Islamic kingdom. The Sept. 28 royal decree signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was met with approval from women’s rights activists. “It ... Read »

Ohio Chaplain Under Fire For Comments About Religion

A conservative Christian Air Force chaplain in Ohio is under scrutiny after he penned a blog post attacking the presence of “counterfeit” Christians and non-Christians in the military.  “Counterfeit Christians in the Armed forces [sic] will appeal to the ... Read »

Okla. Town Police End Religious Facebook Postings

An Oklahoma police chief will stop publishing religi­ous posts on his police department’s Facebook page after advocates deemed the posts unconstitutional. Mounds Police Department Chief Antonio Porter had been posting Bible-themed messages, including vers ... Read »