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Under-40 Poll: Do young voters think religious people are more marginalized than before?

A majority of young evangelicals and a plurality of other young Protestants believe that the religious are more marginalized than ever before, according to a new poll conducted for Rare, a Cox Media Group website based in Washington, DC. Among all polled, 32 percent of young voters said the faithful were more marginalized, ...

Under-40 Poll: Are young people turning away from God?

A large majority of young people believes that a relationship with God is important, according to a new poll conducted for Rare, a Cox Media Group website based in Washington, DC. Seventy percent of voters under the age of 40 said that a relationship with God personally mattered to them, while 30 ...

'Satanic Temple' plans to hand out Satanic children's book at Fla. schools

A religious group called the Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Florida's Orange County Public Schools later this school year. The move comes after atheist and evangelical Christian groups distributed their materials at county schools. >> Read more trending stories   The group wants to give out ...

Florida church vandalized with feces

It's a disturbing and disgusting sight for anyone to find, but especially church members. Police are trying to figure out who desecrated a church in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Pastor Alonzo Cunningham had to put on gloves to handle a dirty job Saturday morning. “Just unbelievable. I mean, you can recognize ...

Christian McCail (white sweater) a student at Wright State University working with President Obama's campaign, registers students to vote at Sinclair Community College Tuesday Sept. 25.

Early voting hours restored by court order

A GOP-backed law that eliminated “Golden Week” — a window when Ohioans could both register and vote in the same week — and that curbed early voting is unconstitutional and can’t be enforced, according to a ruling issued Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus. Economus granted a preliminary ...

Man kicked out of meeting for not standing during Pledge

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a complaint against the city of Winter Garden after the mayor kicked a man out of a public meeting because he refused to stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance. WFTV published video of the incident, which happened at the August 27 city ...

Photo of Fla. high school football team praying sparks controversy

A fight over school prayer is looming in Seminole County, Florida. A photo surfaced showing Seminole High School football players kneeling in prayer while an injured teammate was tended to by medics during Friday night’s game. >> Read more trending stories   Some claim the prayer was led by a ...

Jane Gegner (left) and Sandy Beardslee, both of Hillandale Communities, pick up bags from area churches as part of the organizations recent backpack ministry. The effort netted more than 200 backpacks filled with supplies for Reach Out Lakota to distribute to students in need. Contributed photo

22 local churches join to form Faith Alliance

Jay Shephard knew local churches could do good on their own, but realized they could do so much better by working together.That’s why he started the Faith Alliance of West Chester and Liberty Township, a non-profit comprised of 22 local Christian churches that “collaborate, share resources and ideas, coordinate service ...

Church's pig-wrestling event sparks controversy

A Wisconsin church is receiving criticism for its annual pig wrestling event, which raises money for the parish. Pig wrestling takes place across the country. It generally happens in a mud pit where teams have to catch a pig. At St. Patrick Parish, they have less than a minute to ...

Hope Over Heroin rally in Hamilton kicks off

Hamilton's Hope Over Heroin rally turns into celebration of sobriety. Heroin has taken a terrible toll on Butler County in 2014 -- the drug is responsible for 46 deaths as of Friday, the Butler County Coroner's Office confirmed. That number is about 15 percent higher than at this point last ...

Must-see: Viral photo shows dog guarding its dying companion

A picture of a dog standing over its injured companion has gone viral – and now the dog needs a new home. According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia man Michael Mason was leaving church when he said he noticed a dog standing on the side of the road. As he ...

YMCA and Realife partner for free event

Giving back to the community is the focus of the YMCA’s third annual Community Appreciation Day, which will be held on Saturday, July 19, at the Middletown Area Family YMCA.Angela Howard, executive director of the Middletown Area Family YMCA, said the event is a great way to show appreciation to ...

Jeanna Vella, director of education & communications, CSC

To celebrate 20 years of bringing classical theater and literature to life, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has launched an innovative arts education initiative called PROJECT 38. PROJECT 38 will bring together students from 38 high schools across the Cincinnati region and provide CSC with opportunities to create art not just ...

Charity salutes fatherhood with ‘first date’ viral video

First dates are always nerve-racking. Will my date like the way I look? Will they like my choice of dinner destinations? Questions rush through your mind. It’s an experience that has been shared by all. A local insurance company – Because of Camilito – has tapped into this experience to ...

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The second most practiced religion in the US is...

More than 57 percent of Americans say they are Christians, with just over half of those saying they are Protestant. The part of the nation you are in heavily influences which faith comes in number two. In the Midwest, Buddhism and Islam rule the alternate spot. In the northeast, Judaism ...

Gospel on the Green at Fairfield

Singers and musicians from area churches will join forces to present Fairfield’s annual Gospel on the Green on Sunday night, June 8. The concert will be held at the Village Green Park Amphitheater and feature selections from Chris Tomlin’s “Burning Lights.”The concert will showcase local talent from churches and faith-based ...

Pope Francis begins historic Middle East trip in Jordan

Pope Francis is embarking on a historic three-day journey to the Middle East to meet with Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders.  Francis arrived in Amman, Jordan to a major gathering for the first leg of the trip. In a papal first, the pontiff is traveling with both a rabbi and an imam, which ...

Kyra Utech and her friends from Carlisle High School pose for a photo while enjoying their senior prom at Yankee Trace Golf Club on May 9. Front (from left): Kyra Utech, Lori Crooks, Sam Haddix and Kyra Maple. In the back: Jacob Neace. CONTRIBUTED

Cinderella’s Closet donates prom dresses

The prom dress a girl chooses often becomes as important as prom night itself. But for many girls, the expense of the dress, coupled with the accessories, hair and makeup, makes prom night something about which some can only dream.Carlisle High School senior Kyra Utech, 18, says her senior prom ...

Pope Francis: Even martians can be baptized

Pope Francis reiterated his view Monday that everyone has the right to be baptized — and apparently, that invite extends even to Martians. The pontiff described the hypothetical situation during morning mass. (Via Rome Reports)  According to Vatican Radio, Francis said: "If — for example — tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us ...

Chris Wells, who was hired as the football coach at Middletown High School after three seasons at Madison High, was accused of praying with his players, inviting them to his church and telling them they would be saved. The district received a letter from Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Debate over religion’s place in public continues

If trying to rebuild a football program coming off its worst season in school history wasn’t difficult enough, now Middletown Middies first-year coach Chris Wells has to deal with complaints from a group of people in Wisconsin who have taken issue with the way he interacts with his players. The ...

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