The percentage of LGBT Americans who are religiously unaffiliated is over twice the percentage of the general population, according to a recently released study.
Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends released the findings Thursday, which stated that of those surveyed, 48 percent of LGBT Americans considered themselves without a religious affiliation; this compares to 20 percent of the general public.
"Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender adults are, on the whole, less religious than the general public," reads Pew press release in part. "LGBT adults who do have a religious affiliation generally attend worship services less frequently and attach less importance to religion in their lives than do religiously affiliated adults in the general public." more >>
Comedian Bill Maher drew the wrath of former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Wednesday after she learned he referred to her special needs son Trig as "retarded."
The response was triggered after conservative blogger Ron Futrell attended one of Maher's comedy shows at The Pearl Theater in Las Vegas on June 8 and took umbrage to hearing the HBO comic mock Palin's special needs son.
Futrell eventually ended up having a confrontation with the comic over argument on Halliburton during the show and he was asked to leave. more >>
The families of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, gathered in Washington D.C., six months after the tragedy to meet with White House officials, restarting the push for stricter gun control laws in America.
"We commend the families' courage and perseverance in continuing to press for commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Thursday at a press briefing.
"And we want them to know that, as we approach the six-month anniversary of that terrible day, we will never forget and we will continue to fight alongside them." more >>
U.S. corporation Caterpillar Inc. has decided to stop funding the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for its policy banning gay adults from serving as scout leaders, though it insists the decision is not tied to the youth organization's vote on the policy in May.
"We have inclusive policies here at Caterpillar Inc., and the foundation abides by those," said spokeswoman Rachel Potts on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. "We just don't feel that our two organizations align."
"However, if there's a change in the Boy Scouts' policies, we would certainly consider a change in the future grants – if there was a change that aligned with what our non-discrimination policies are." more >>
The parents of Grace Colbert, 6, the bi-racial girl in the Cheerios commercial that sparked a debate on social media about what an American family should look like, decided to speak out this week and the girl's father says America better get used to multiracial families because they are a fact of life.
"There is many other things that we could talk about in America but this still being an issue, people having a problem with who I choose to love or whom you choose to love it shouldn't be an issue anymore, I actually don't understand why it's still is this issue that keeps going and going and going," Grace's father, Christopher Colbert, told MSNBC's Thomas Roberts in an interview on Tuesday.
In the Cheerios commercial which began airing about two weeks ago, Grace plays a little girl asking her white mother about the health benefits of Cheerios. The commercial features a black man as her father. more >>
There was no fear it seemed. Four-year-old Silas Endenfield from Lyons, Ga., knew he was dying but days before his heartbreaking demise, the angelic toddler shared his excitement about going to heaven in a video so moving it brought many to tears.
"I just love heaven and I wish I was there all the time," said the toddler, personalizing the Christian paradise in a video recording published on YouTube six days after he died from a rare liver cancer called Hepatoblastoma on May 31.
His mother Jessica, who apparently shot the just under two-minute video, then continues to ask him about what he expected heaven to be like. more >>