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6 Overlooked Takeaways From a Reviewer of Controversial Texas Textbooks

religiondispatches.org — In September 2014, I found myself standing before a mostly hostile Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) testifying about religious imbalance and inaccuracies in public school textbooks under consideration for adoption. To my great surprise, I also found myself quoted in Politico, the Washington Post, and several Texas newspapers.
Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

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Join RD for Live-Tweet of Serial, the Final Episode

religiondispatches.org — In the three months since its premier, Serial has become the most popular podcast in the world-the fastest to reach 5 million downloads in iTunes history. Serial blends True Crime thriller with investigative journalism, teasing apart issues of religion, race, and romance in a 1999 Baltimore murder case that put 17-year-old Adnan Syed behind bars for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

Pope Francis Brokers End to Cuba Embargo, Despite Opposition of Catholic Pols

religiondispatches.org — There will be much debate surrounding today's announcement of the normalization of relations between Cuba and the US, but I hope the voices of the Cuban and Cuban-American people will be heard. While politicians like Marco Rubio, Mario Díaz-Balart, and Carlos Curbuel use their national platforms to denounce the changes, they do not represent the majority of Cuban-Americans (68%) who support re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island.

Christians More Supportive of Torture than Non-Religious Americans

religiondispatches.org — A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that Americans, by a 59-31% margin, believe that CIA "treatment of suspected terrorists" in detention was justified. A plurality deemed that "treatment" to be "torture," by a 49-38% margin. Remarkably, the gap between torture supporters and opponents widens between voters who are Christian and those who are not religious.
Dec 17, 2014

I suspect this has more to do with party affiliation than understanding of scripture. religiondispatches.org/christians-mor…

Dec 16, 2014

RT @rachelheldevans: This both baffles and disturbs me: "Christians More Supportive of Torture than Non-Religious Americans" buff.ly/1Aj6tqt

Dec 16, 2014

RT @jackmjenkins: THIS IS A PROBLEM. RT @RDispatches: Christians More Supportive of Torture than Non-Religious Americans | bit.ly/1wDe43z

Dec 16, 2014

Christians More Supportive of Torture than Non-Religious Americans religiondispatches.org/christians-mor… Nice work, God.

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Evangelical Church of Torture and Jack Bauer

religiondispatches.org — Last week the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life released poll data revealing the relationships between religious commitment and support for the use of torture against terror suspects. Those who rarely attend religious services are the least likely to support torture. The more one attends religious service, the greater the level of support.
Dec 16, 2014

.@jonathanlwalton tried to explain the evangelical support for torture in 2009: bit.ly/1vW8xQE