New Jersey's newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates a licensed therapist's obligation to "respect the rights of clients to make decisions," according to a federal lawsuit filed by a Christian counselors group and professionals who use the practice.
Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu urged Catholics across the island state to oppose same-sex marriage in an "urgent request" to pastors.
In a letter that was included in parish bulletins the weekend of Aug. 24-25, Silva asked Catholics to pray the rosary daily over the next several weeks, "if possible" while walking around the state Capitol block, "so that just as God tumbled down the walls of Jericho, he will be able to do so through the prayers and action of his beloved people."
A federal judge has ruled that the Freedom from Religion Foundation may continue its lawsuit over whether the Internal Revenue Service enforces a ban on the political activity of tax-exempt religious groups.
FFRF, a Wisconsin-based group for atheists and agnostics, filed a lawsuit after the 2012 elections, arguing that a lack of IRS enforcement was unfair. The IRS filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying taxpayers often do not have standing to sue other taxpayers.
Voting rights advocates are responding in four main ways to what they say are attacks on Americans' right to vote.
Since the creation under President George W. Bush of what is now known as the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the formal collaboration of government and religious institutions has steadily expanded, though not without growing pains.
According to the study, 49 percent of adults consider it morally wrong to have an abortion. Feelings on stem-cell research or IVF aren't as strong.
A federal judge struck down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment that would have prohibited judges in the state from considering Shariah law.
Cardinal Tagle calls for thorough investigation of redirected money intended for poverty programs.
The pro-life group has charged the organization with "promoting homosexual activism and birth control" through its affiliation with a national network aimed at promoting youth success.
House members have filed a friend-of-the-court brief at the Supreme Court supporting the town of Greece, N.Y., in its bid to continue opening legislative meetings with a prayer.