Posted: Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:43
A Pew survey conducted in January 2016 has found that most Americans are still put-off by an atheist presidential candidate, with 51% saying they would be less likely to support a non-religious aspirant.
Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:58
A county clerk in Kentucky has persisted in denying same-sex couples marriage licenses, in open defiance of a federal court order.
Posted: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:52
In an historic case the US Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a legal right to marriage.
Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:57
Former US congressman Barney Frank has advised US atheist politicians to 'stay in the closet' and not to use the word "atheist."
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:16
A California lawyer has proposed a "Sodomite Suppression Act" and warned of "God's just wrath" should the state of California not put homosexuals to death.
Posted: Tue, 06 May 2014 12:55
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that opening public meetings with prayer does not automatically violate the Constitution's ban on government endorsement of religion.
Posted: Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:04
Tomorrow (6 November) the United States Supreme Court will consider whether opening council meetings with prayers is legal.
Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:33
A group promoting fundamentalist Christian values in the United States is demanding the right to deliver "inspirational messages" during public school assemblies.
Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:09
An open letter issued by the American Catholic Bishops Conference which seeks legal restrictions on abortion and contraception has been condemned as "Orwellian" by the Catholics for Choice organisation.
Does the closure of leading “gay-cure” ministry signal a change of direction for America’s Religious Right?
Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:10
Exodus International, one of the oldest "gay-cure" ministries in America, is closing down after admitting that it has hurt and damaged thousands of homosexuals.
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 12:35
Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion's influence is increasing. These represent Americans' most negative evaluations of the impact of religion since 1970, although similar to the views measured in recent years.
Posted: Wed, 22 May 2013 13:59
The Governor of Vermont this week signed into law a new bill legalising doctor-assisted suicide. This makes it the third US state to approve such legislation.
Posted: Mon, 20 May 2013 17:25
The US Supreme Court is to consider whether prayers can be offered as part of government meetings.
Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:22
President Barack Obama has issued an executive order extending the Faith-Based Advisory Council without addressing employment discrimination among many of the faith-based organisations that receive federal funding through the programme.
Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:03
A nationwide Yougov poll for the Huffington Post in the United States shows that one-third of respondents would like to see Christianity as the state religion.
Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:43
President Barack Obama called a conscience clause for military chaplains in the National Defence Authorization Act "unnecessary and ill-advised."
Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:32
A survey of lapsed Catholics in the USA has tried to get to the root of why they abandoned the church. Their answers were not very surprising.
Posted: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:33
The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the North Carolina County Board who were seeking to overturn a ban on sectarian prayers before public government meetings.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:45
A US District Court Judge has ruled that a prayer mural located in the auditorium of a Rhode Island High school is unconstitutional and has given the school 10 days to remove it.
Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 15:07
Senior academics in the United States have stressed that separation of church and state in public life is essential to ensure that U.S.citizens retain their civil liberties.