Religion…a very controversial topic, and as time goes on it seems to become more and more controversial. Should religion be taught in schools? Should churches pay taxes? Should evolution be taught? All of these questions have become popular debate topics.
Why Religion Should Not Be Pushed
Maryland Law to Allow Religious Garments in College Sports
Executive Director for the Aspen Institute’s Religion & Society Program, who studies religion, racism, and justice – recalls his own experience of fighting for inclusion as a turbaned Sikh athlete.
Growing up in Texas, the director says he and his brothers were often denied the right to play college and school sports because of their turbans, a religious head covering worn by men of the Sikh religion. It was his story that welcomed the US state of Maryland’s Inclusive Athletic Attire Act, also known as House Bill 515, which came into legal effect on July 1.
Supreme Court Sides with Public School Coach Leading Students in Prayer
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the firing of a football coach who lost his job after praying at the 50-yard line violated the First Amendment rights.
Students Not Allowed to Be Gay on Campus Suing for Federal Change
Despite Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Oklahoma not being Andrew Hartzler’s first choice to further his education, it was the only one his father was willing to pay for. Hartzler’s father had raised him in a conservative Christian environment, in which most aspects of his life homosexuality was taught to be a sin. After nearly facing expulsion for having his boyfriend in his dorm room, Hartzler has joined a lawsuit against the Department of Education, requesting they strike down on the religious exemption that allows this kind of discrimination.
Fasting for Ramadan Explained
Ramadan is an Islamic holiday celebrated throughout the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. This year, that falls between April 2nd and May 1st. It generally lasts about 29-30 days, taking place from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next, and is a time of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. The practice is a celebration of Muhammad’s first revelation, a visit from the angel Jibrīl who revealed to him the beginning of what would later become the Qur’an.
Thousands of Baptisms Invalidated After Misuse of One Word
The recent resignation of a priest in Phoenix, Arizona, has proven just how important every word can be during a religious ceremony. Father Andres Arango had been performing Baptisms in the U.S., and most recently at St. Gregory Parish used the phrase “we baptize you”; however, the proper phrasing is, “I baptize you.” Not only does this error show thousands of baptisms performed by Father Arango are invalid, it also means that many later ceremonies those individuals took part in may also need to be repeated. Such may include confirmation or marriage because in order for these ceremonies to be valid, the person must be baptized.
Ex-Trump Advisor Michael Flynn Says U.S. Should Have “One Religion”
Former national security advisor under former President Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, calls for “one religion” in the U.S. in order to “win the battle of good versus evil.