The Good News is That Fewer Americans Than Ever Before Want Daily Prayer in Public Schools…

… The bad news is that 61% of Americans still want daily prayer in public schools.

That’s according to a new poll from Gallup:



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Minnesota Muslims Demand No-Pork Freebies, Declare Halal Food a Human Right

A Somali-American pressure group is demanding pork-free products from local Minneapolis “food shelves” (akin to food banks for the poor).

Oddly enough, neither the word “Islam” nor “Muslim” shows up in this report from CBS News:



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Chicago’s New Archbishop Blase Cupich Is Indeed a Mini-Pope Francis… but That’s Not a Good Thing

Vatican-watchers have their eyes on America as Pope Francis just appointed his most recent archbishop. The pontiff has chosen the Bishop of Spokane, Blase Cupich (pronounced “SOO-pitch”), to replace the aging (and reportedly ill) Cardinal Francis George.

Pundits are calling Archbishop-designate Cupich (below) a “moderate voice,” even trumpeting the decision as a decisive blow against conservative Catholic political positions. TIME‘s online coverage of Cupich’s appointment lauds him as a cleric cut from the same cloth as the well-liked pontiff:



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High Court in India Nixes Religious-Disclosure Requirement on Government Forms; Also, “None” is Now Permitted

In India, until now, various forms provided by the government asked citizens to disclose their religion — and “none” wasn’t an option. Good news:

In a landmark ruling, the Bombay high court on Tuesday held that the state cannot compel any individual to declare or specify his or her religion, on any form or declaration. Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by three individuals, the division bench of justices Abhay Oka and AS Chandurkar further held that every individual has the right to state that he or she does not belong to any religion and does not practice or profess any religion.



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Relative of Duck Dynasty Clan, Now Running for Congress, Said Sandy Hook Massacre Was the Result of Atheism

In June, we learned that Zach Dasher, cousin of Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, wanted to run for Congress from Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District.

In many cases, it’s unfair to judge someone by his relatives. In Dasher’s case, it’s perfectly appropriate, since he seems to follow the family’s politics down the line:

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