Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is a World Journalism Institute graduate. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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ACLU joins street ministry in unlikely alliance

Religious Liberty
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/06/13, 02:59 pm

When the City of New Orleans passed a ban that kept Troy Bohn’s ministry from preaching in the famous French Quarter, the group found an unlikely ally—the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Months after the ministry’s initial run-in with New Orleans police, city council members finally lifted the ban last week.  

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Has the baby bust bottomed out?

Family
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/05/13, 02:13 pm

It’s a baby step. But at least it’s a step in the right direction.

A new report released Thursday by Demographics Intelligence predicted a minuscule increase in the total fertility rate in the United States for this year, bumping it up to 1.90 from a 25-year low of 1.89 in 2012. Official estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not expected until 2015. 

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Listening to what the pope did not say

Homosexuality
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/02/13, 02:57 pm

The worldwide media erupted with rejoicing earlier this week when, during an impromptu press conference, Pope Francis answered a question (in Italian) about the supposed gay lobby at the Vatican by saying, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Reporters and commentators immediately jumped to the conclusion that the new leader of the Catholic Church had decided to condone homosexual behavior. After all, what else could it mean?

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