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Australia’s Record Heat Means Another Blow to Great Barrier Reef
Mar 27, 2020

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By Richard Pérez-Peña Record-breaking warm waters have bleached large parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef this year, as they did in 2016 and 2017, scientists reported on Thursday — the latest sign that global warming threatens the health of one of the world’s most important marine ecosystems. “We can confirm that the Great Barrier Reef …


There’s No Legal Reason For Churches To Receive Quarantine Exceptions
Mar 27, 2020

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By Chrissy Stroop If you’d asked me even two months ago what the next issue or event to spark acrimonious church-state conflict was likely to be, I doubt global pandemic would have even crossed my mind. And yet, in retrospect, it seems all too predictable. America is a country, after all, in which megachurch leaders …


Tony Perkins Called Coronavirus Precautions ‘Irrational.’ Now He’s Changed His Tune
Mar 27, 2020 · 4 

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By Jared Holt Tony Perkins, president of the anti-LGBTQ religious-right group Family Research Council, has completely changed his tune on the ​COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Less than two weeks ago, Right Wing Watch reported that Perkins had told his radio listeners across the country that the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus ​outbreak had been “irrational” and that U.S. media …


Teen with lesbian moms forced to listen to anti-LGBTQ “sermons” before school basketball practice
Mar 27, 2020

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By Alex Bollinger In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, two mothers in Tennessee allege that their son’s middle school basketball coach forced kids to attend his sermons in order to stay on the team. The lawsuit, filed by the mothers who identified themselves only as “K.K.” and “K.K.,” says that their son signed up …


How the Pandemic Will End
Mar 26, 2020 · 5 

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By Ed Young Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 446,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not. It has crashed economies and broken health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces. It has separated people …


Scientists, under pressure, try to balance speed and safety on coronavirus vaccine research
Mar 26, 2020

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By Denise Chow For researchers working on possible coronavirus treatments, time is short. More than 100 clinical trials of dozens of potential coronavirus treatments are already underway around the world, a mobilization of global medical resources rarely seen before in human history. But science can be slow and indirect. And despite the sheer number of scientists involved in these …


Roy Moore Says Closing Churches Is ‘Tyranny,’ Tells Pastors They Have Duty to Assemble
Mar 26, 2020 · 2 

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By Peter Montgomery Roy Moore, the failed Senate candidate and twice-removed former Alabama chief justice, is telling pastors that it is their “duty” to continue church assemblies in spite of public health officials’ social-distancing guideline, the Alabama Political Reporter noted Wednesday. “I am writing a letter to pastors on the duty to continue church assemblies, even in the midst …


States differ on exempting worship from coronavirus closures
Mar 26, 2020

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By Elana Schor NEW YORK (AP) — As multiple governors issue orders to curb large gatherings and implore residents to stay home in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, at least a half-dozen states have exempted some level of religious activity. The divergent treatment of faith in some states’ pandemic-fighting orders comes …


‘Become experts on the thing that is threatening you’: Advice from astronauts on isolation on Earth
Mar 25, 2020 · 1 

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By Meagan Flynn Before living for months in space, Christina Koch lived at the South Pole and Chris Hadfield lived at the bottom of the ocean, in a laboratory just off the coast of Florida. The astronauts didn’t get out much, or couldn’t, with Koch surrounded by frozen terrain and Hadfield 62 feet underwater. But …


Trump’s Bible study teacher says coronavirus was caused by gays & environmentalists
Mar 25, 2020 · 1 

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By Alex Bollinger The Trump administration’s Bible study teacher says coronavirus may be God’s punishment for LGBTQ people. In a study guide posted to his blog, Ralph Drollinger lays out the case that the U.S. is being punished by God for homosexuality, environmentalism, and other things conservatives generally don’t like. Drollinger states at the beginning …