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3 key takeaways from the latest report on global religious restrictions and hostilities

Government and social interference with religious practice decreased in 2014, but people of faith faced more threats from terrorist groups, according to Pew Research Center's latest report on global religious restrictions and hostilities.

July 27, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


2016 Republican Party Platform offers praise for Israel — and see the one thing that's missing from

After much speculation surrounding proposed pro-Israel language in draft copies of the 2016 Republican Party Platform, the final version of the document, indeed, expresses "unequivocal support" for the Jewish state and removes past calls for a two-state solution.

July 27, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Is this 'God's Not Dead 2' billboard that was reportedly rejected really 'too incendiary' and 'too p

The Christian movie house that produced "God's Not Dead 2" is claiming that a billboard advertising the film's DVD release was recently rejected, with the advertising company purportedly calling it “too political” and “way too incendiary."

July 27, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The long — and surprising — history behind the IRS ban on churches endorsing political candidates

Among the many policy positions embedded in the 2016 Republican Party Platform is a call to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a controversial Internal Revenue Service regulation that has come under fire from churches and religious freedom advocates in recent years.

July 27, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


5 diverse appeals to God that were just made during the Republican National Convention

As critics continue to warn that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump might face roadblocks when it comes to courting minority faiths, there's something quite interesting unfolding at the Republican National Convention last week.

July 26, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Does Hollywood demean — or misrepresent — Christianity?

Does Hollywood demean — or misrepresent — Christianity?

July 26, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Ex-police detective reveals the key fact many are missing amid ongoing terror attacks and violence

From the Orlando, Florida, terror attack to the deadly assault on police officers in Dallas, the nation continues to be rocked by an ongoing series of deadly violence.

July 26, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Did the Republican Party just adopt the 'most pro-life platform ever'?

The Republican Party officially adopted the "most pro-life platform ever" last week, according to at least two conservative organizations that commented on the newly released document detailing the GOP's 2016 guiding principles.

July 26, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Site that some biblical scholars say is the Garden of Eden just became a world heritage site

An oasis in the middle of the Iraqi desert that some biblical scholars believe is the site of — or at least the inspiration for — the Garden of Eden as described in Genesis has officially been classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

July 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Here's how the Vatican's mobile medical unit is helping the poor in Rome

The Vatican continues its efforts to help the poor and downtrodden through the donation of a mobile medical unit that is now traveling around Rome to offer free health care to people in need.

July 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Trump sparks activists' quest to register 1 million Muslims to vote. Here are the details

Muslim Americans make up around 1 percent of the U.S. population, accounting for about 3.3 million people. But despite constituting such a small sliver of the populace, Muslim advocates are looking to increase their electoral influence.

July 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


See how this forgotten Holocaust history is being given new life

Some Jewish historians' personal stories of Holocaust plights and survival had reportedly fell into obscurity due to a language barrier, but they are now seeing new light after one man embarked on a journey to preserve and highlight the texts.

July 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


End-times author of 'Left Behind' breaks down prophesy — and fiction

A popular author who helped invigorate pop culture interest in Christian eschatology with the release of the first book in the "Left Behind" series 21 years ago is surprised by the novel's monumental impact.

July 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Orthodox Jewish beatboxers compete on 'America's Got Talent'

Ilan Swartz-Brownstein and Joshua Shlomo Mendel Leviton confused judges and audiences members when they first walked out onto the "America's Got Talent" stage. Wearing yarmulkes and other traditional Orthodox Jewish garb, they didn't look like the typical performer.

July 23, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Pastor launches 'Doubters Club' to challenge atheists, skeptics and others with biblical debate

A Colorado pastor has launched a "Doubters Club" — a gathering that includes atheists, agnostics and those who are spiritually uncertain.

July 23, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


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Professor's new app helps atheists debate with believers: 'Can you support your positions about God?

A philosophy professor has launched a new app seemingly aimed at helping atheists more easily communicate with believers about tough theological issues.

August 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


What inspires a burqini ban?

Five French beach towns have recently banned the burqini, a modest swimwear option associated with Muslim women. Officials have cited fears about public safety to ...

August 25, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Judge who said she wouldn't marry gays fights back against recommendation she be fired

The Wyoming Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case against a judge who is fighting to keep her job after publicly stating that ...

August 24, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The Bible verse that has taken a prominent place in the Olympics

Retired Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes recently revealed the "prayer" that she typically had in her head just before entering into tough competitions — a Bible verse ...

August 23, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


This paralyzed bride proved doctors wrong when she walked down the aisle at her wedding

At age 17, Jaquie Goncher went from being an active teenager to being paralyzed from the neck down in an instant when she dove into ...

August 23, 2016 | Amberlee Lovell FamilyShare | Faith


Football coach who was fired after refusing to stop praying on the 50-yard line sues

A high school football coach has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, alleging that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was fired ...

August 23, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


College students say they care about interfaith cooperation — are school leaders listening?

Vicky Gillon grew up in a Christian household and studied Islam during her senior year of high school. In her first 18 years, she learned ...

August 23, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Burqini bans put France's secularism in the spotlight

In response to recent terror attacks, some French leaders are taking a hard look at beach-appropriate fashion.

August 22, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


National Organization for Women president shocks radio host with response to abortion question

A Seattle-based radio host recently asked the head of the National Organization for Women a series of controversial questions about women's health and abortion.

August 22, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Congresswoman reveals what she believes people get wrong about faith and American politicians

A Republican congresswoman from North Carolina believes the public is often given the wrong impression about Washington, telling "The Church Boys" podcast that politicians actually ...

August 22, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Elderly Christian couple reportedly die just 20 minutes apart — and that's not the only shocking det

A Christian couple's six-decade love story recently came to an end with a series of events one of their sons is collectively calling a ...

August 20, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Christian church plans to drop thousands of Bibles over Syria via drone

A Swedish church is reportedly planning to use drones to drop thousands of Bibles over Syria — an effort that has sparked some controversy in recent ...

August 20, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Did this sheriff's controversial Facebook post about Jesus violate atheists' rights?

A Tennessee sheriff's Facebook post on Easter Sunday that proclaimed "He is risen" — a reference to the Christian belief that Jesus rose from the ...

August 20, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Italy adopts law that could help the poor in a big way

Italy has adopted a new set of laws to encourage people and businesses to conserve and give food to the poor — a move that proponents ...

August 20, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


What counts as a hate crime?

New York Police Department officials have declined so far to charge the man accused of shooting an imam and his assistant in Queens on Saturday ...

August 20, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


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