Articles by Explainers

The Rev. Billy Graham died today at the age of 99. Graham has preached the gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history—nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories. Here are five facts... Continue...

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. Here are five facts you should know about the event that propelled the U.S. into World War II: 1. In... Continue...

Today, Americans celebrate a national holiday set aside to give thanks for the blessings of the preceding year. But there is more to Thanksgiving than you may realize. Here are five facts you should know about the holiday: 1. The... Continue...

For the second time in four years, a federal judge has ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances is unconstitutional. In her latest ruling U.S. District Court Judge Crabb claims the ministerial housing allowance... Continue...

On Friday, October 6, 2017, the Trump Administration released a new rule that provides robust religious liberty exemptions to the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) contraceptive mandate. The contraceptive mandate was established in 2010 by the... Continue...

Pressured by an impending lawsuit, President Trump is considering ending the Obama administration’s protections for young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” known as DACA. Here is what you should know about this complicated immigration issue: Who are “Dreamers?” The term... Continue...

What are the moral reasons for going to war? What does justice require of us when engaging in warfare? What are our ethical obligations to our enemy once warfare has ceased? The attempt to answer these questions has led to... Continue...

A team of researchers in Oregon has made the first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States, according to MIT Technology Review. Previously, such experiments had only been conducted only a few times by scientists... Continue...

Today, film director Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk opens in theaters across the U.S. The film tells the true story of Operation Dynamo, a heroic effort to save Allied troops who were stranded on a beach in France and surrounded by... Continue...

July 4, 2017, will be America’s 241st Independence Day, the day Americans celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Here are five facts you should know about America’s founding document and the day set aside for its commemoration. 1.... Continue...