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By Andrew Aghapour

…indicate that although our brains can’t actually multi-task, we do it because it makes us feel good), where they were asked to schedule a meeting, find an open conference room, write two memos, and eat a small assortment of snacks within 20 minutes. Their performances were monitored and coded, and after each test participants were surveyed about their overall stress and anxiety. The results were significant. Compared to the relaxation and control…

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By Stephanie Russell-Kraft

…ven the very real campaign by some conservative Christian organizations to use “religious freedom” laws to uphold anti-LGBT and anti-abortion measures. Because of that campaign, the definition of “religious freedom” has been stretched to become nearly synonymous with discrimination, and the fact that major news outlets like MTV and The Atlantic are covering this shift is huge. But when we use the term “religious freedom” to reflexively describe an…

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By Candace Chellew-Hodge

…me time we respect the rights of churches to do so if they choose. As for Gingrich, he’s been given a tongue lashing by his own sister, Candace, an LGBT activist, who told her “big bro” to stop being “a hater”: What really worries me is that you are always willing to use LGBT Americans as political weapons to further your ambitions. That’s really so ’90s, Newt. In this day and age, it’s embarrassing to watch you talk like that. You should be more…

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By Sarah Posner

…f-deprecation!) is up in arms about boys and girls wrestling together. Because that’s going to cause the downfall of civilization. It turns out, though, that Gingrich might meet the same kiss of death as Huckabee: the Club for Growth is none too pleased with his spend-y ways. (At Tiffany’s, too.) Perhaps Gingrich won’t call them the “Club for Greed” as Huckabee did, but still. You read it here: the Ryan criticism and his long record of spending: k…

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By Sarah Morice-Brubaker

…Alliance to Reform Education Funding (a group of people who are generally suspicious of public education funding, if not opposed to it in principle); who according to his own bio “dreams of a Christian nation;” who delivered this speech at a Tea Party event in Zanesville; and who authored The Revolt of 2020, a novel which begins with an explosion that kills thousands of pro-choice activists including the President of the United States, and a subse…

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By Sunnivie Brydum

…e would like it handled.” Although the entire trial was recorded on courthouse cameras, those videos were sealed for 10 years at the request of the defendant-intervenors, a coalition of anti-LGBTQ groups who claimed their members (and witnesses) would be subject to harassment if their opposition to marriage equality was publicized. Kendall argued that those concerns are now moot, given the time lapsed since trial, the existence of nationwide marri…

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By Daniel Schultz

In this video, RD senior correspondent Daniel Schultz discusses the religious left with Jack Jenkins, RNS reporter and author of “American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country.” [See below for a breakdown of the conversation by topic.]   00:00 — Intro/Is this a great or terrible time for this book? 03:03 — Seeing Indigenous/Native American activism as religious efforts 07:02 — Ten…

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By Sarah Posner

…Santorum appears confused. It’s 2006 (i.e., before the Republican Party’s crusade to defund Planned Parenthood) and Santorum is running for reelection for his Senate seat. At about 33 seconds in, Santorum says he has supported Title X, which funds family planning services for low-income women and is now targeted by his party’s crusade to “defund Planned Parenthood.” He says that he’s supported Title X because contraception is “not the taking of a…

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By Joanna Brooks

…ntsman, would have to look Garon in the face and tell him that he and his husband do not deserve equality under the law. It’s true that Romney brought his trademark brand of existential discomfort to the interaction. But in the face of Garon’s no-nonsense plainspokenness, every candidate in the field would have looked ridiculous expounding upon the special blend of legal and religious myth making that passes for anti-equality rationale. One human…

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By rd_admin

…ean regime’s over-the-top propaganda machine. The regime may have launched a massive cyberattack on South Korean banks and TV stations last month, but we were  circumspect  that they were capable of such a thing. When former basketball player Dennis Rodman visited the country in February we  giggled . How silly, we thought. Kim Jong Un is a Dennis Rodman fan – how out of touch! Soon after, a  video emerged  from North Korean state television showi…

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