Religion and politics

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a guard tower and barbed wire fences surround an internment facility in the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux in western China's Xinjiang region. A U.S. envoy on religion has described China’s internment of an estimated 1 million Muslims as a “horrific situation.” Ambassador-at-large Sam Brownback called for an independent investigation into the detentions and the release of those being held. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan/file)
March 12, 2019 - 3:18 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Describing China's internment of an estimated 1 million Muslims as a "horrific situation," a U.S. envoy on religion called Tuesday for an independent investigation into the detentions and for the release of those being held. Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador-at-large for...
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Valley View Elementary School teacher Moana Patterson listens as Tiffany Ivens-Spence speaks at a news conference by parents and students to show support for Patterson, in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 11, 2019. Ivens-Spence is the parent of a student at the school. Patterson, who is on administrative leave, apologized Monday for making 9-year-old Catholic student William McLeod wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead the week before, saying it was a misunderstanding. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
March 11, 2019 - 8:26 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah teacher on administrative leave apologized Monday for making 9-year-old Catholic student William McLeod wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead, saying it was a misunderstanding. Fourth-grade teacher Moana Patterson said Monday she thought the cross was dirt...
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March 11, 2019 - 8:54 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A man carrying two knives and an ax was detained over the weekend shortly before anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders was due to hand out political flyers before provincial elections. Wilders tweeted about the incident Monday. The country's counter-terrorism coordinator...
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March 10, 2019 - 12:53 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is the homeland "only of the Jewish people," in a new jab at the country's Arab minority ahead of April's election. Netanyahu on Sunday addressed "slightly confused people" after an Israeli celebrity defended the rights of Israel's Arab...
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the southern border with Egypt at Nitzana, Israel, in the Negev Desert, Thursday, March 7, 2019. (Jim Hollander/Pool via AP)
March 09, 2019 - 5:41 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has run into political trouble in the past, he has lashed out at the media, the political opposition and Israel's Arab minority with incendiary and divisive language to galvanize his nationalist base. Ahead of April 9 elections, Netanyahu has...
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This April 1, 2018 photo provided by Karen Fisher shows fourth-grader William McLeod at his home in Bountiful, Utah. A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state was placed on administrative leave Thursday, March 7, 2019 after she forced McLeod, a Catholic student to wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead. (Karen Fisher via AP)
March 08, 2019 - 7:59 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah was placed on administrative leave after she forced a Catholic student to wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead. William McLeod, 9, had just returned to his school near Salt Lake City after attending Catholic...
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In this Jan., 7, 2019, photo, Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R - Clearfield, speaks during the Utah Taxpayers Association 2019 legislative outlook conference, in Salt Lake City. A nationwide push to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors looked like it could succeed in conservative Utah after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it wouldn't stand in the way, but the effort ground to a halt this week. Lisonbee sponsored the changes and insisted she was looking for a compromise that would still protect LGBTQ kids. But activists say some of her Facebook comments revealed by The Associated Press indicate that she supports the debunked practice. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
March 08, 2019 - 5:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nationwide push to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors looked like it could succeed in conservative Utah after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it wouldn't stand in the way, but the effort ground to a halt this week. Conversion therapy has a long...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit crosses at Providence Baptist Church in Smiths Station, Ala., Friday, March 8, 2019, as they travel to tour areas where tornados killed 23 people in Lee County, Ala. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 08, 2019 - 3:44 pm
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Head bowed, President Donald Trump paid respects Friday to the 23 people killed when a powerful tornado roared through a rural Alabama town, observing a moment of silence before white wooden crosses that stood in remembrance of each victim. Trump and his wife, Melania, held...
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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., walks to the chamber Thursday, March 7, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, as the House was preparing to vote on a resolution to speak out against, as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, "anti-Semitism, anti-Islamophobia, anti-white supremacy and all the forms that it takes," an action sparked by remarks from Omar. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 08, 2019 - 7:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided in debate but mostly united in a final vote, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry. Democrats are trying to push past a dispute that has overwhelmed their agenda and exposed fault lines that could shadow them through next year's elections...
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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Omar stirred controversy last week saying that Israel's supporters are pushing U.S. lawmakers to take a pledge of "allegiance to a foreign country." Omar is not apologizing for that remark, and progressives are supporting her. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 07, 2019 - 10:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Democrats and Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments about Israel (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The House has passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, discrimination against Muslims and other bigotry against minorities. The 407-23 vote Thursday was a bid to end...
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