The Mormon Church is ending its 105-year-old partnership with the Boy Scouts of America to form its own youth programs. In the past five years, the Boy Scouts began admitting gay and transgender scouts, ended a ban on openly gay adult leaders, and announced that the name ‘boy’ will be dropped next year as the organization starts to admit girls. One of every five Boy Scouts in the U.S. belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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More than half of the 3,517 Facebook ads bought by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency during the 2016 presidential election made references to race. Hoping to inflame racial tensions, some Russian ads mimicked Black Lives Matter activists and others urged people to support pro-police groups.
Nearly 60 percent of the nation’s top colleges are featuring women as their spring commencement speakers—up from just 25 percent of the speakers at those schools over the previous 19 years. Speakers bureau officials credit a wave of female empowerment triggered by the #MeToo movement.
Americans who say they have no religion now outnumber evangelical white Protestants. The number of Americans with no religion has nearly doubled since 2003—rising to 21 percent—while the number of white evangelicals has fallen from 21 percent to 13 percent.
41% of Americans approve of President Trump’s handling of relations with Israel, including 80% of Republicans. 43% disapprove, including 72% of Democrats.
66% of Britons say they are not interested in the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Just 9% are “very interested” in the wedding, and 27% plan to watch or listen to the ceremony. 57% want the royals to pay for the wedding and the cost of security.