Religion and politics

June 21, 2019 - 11:15 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Syrian refugee charged with plotting to bomb a Pittsburgh church to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq has been ordered detained in federal court Friday. A criminal complaint alleges Mustafa Mousab Alowemer planned to bomb an unidentified church in Pittsburgh and...
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Aldo Davila, the first openly gay congressman-elect in Guatemala's history, poses for photos during an interview at his office in Guatemala City, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old businessman says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
June 20, 2019 - 9:28 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Aldo Iván Dávila Morales is poised to take up a seat in Guatemala's congress in January, making history as the first openly gay man elected to the country's legislature. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old activist says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019 file photo, visitors walk around the 40-foot Maryland Peace Cross dedicated to World War I soldiers in Bladensburg, Md. The Supreme Court says the World War I memorial in the shape of a 40-foot-tall cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland. The high court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the nearly 100-year-old memorial. The justices ruled that its presence on public land doesn’t violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause. That clause prohibits the government from favoring one religion over others.(AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
June 20, 2019 - 1:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life. The justices said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he talks during a campaign rally in Istanbul for the June 23 re-run of Istanbul elections, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Erdogan has claimed that former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi did not die of natural causes but that he was killed. At the campaign speech Erdogan offered as evidence the fact that the deposed president allegedly "flailed" in court for 20 minutes and that nobody assisted him. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
June 20, 2019 - 5:08 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday his country is determined to ensure that former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic death in a Cairo courtroom is not forgotten. Erdogan spoke during a meeting with a group of foreign journalists a day after he claimed...
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In this Wednesday, March 15, 2017 file photo, a worker fixes roof on Holy Sunday church in the 'Tsar's Village' complex near Sveti Stefan peninsula in Montenegro. A Serb official has branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and threatened a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a church law. The draft law calls for all religious communities in Montenegro to provide proof that they owned their property before 1918 when the small Adriatic state lost its independence and became part of the Serb-dominated Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. If they don't, the property becomes state owned. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
June 19, 2019 - 12:23 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies. The Montenegrin draft church...
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This undated photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows former Grace Family Baptist Church pastor Stephen Bratton, 43. The former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)
June 16, 2019 - 3:46 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the...
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June 14, 2019 - 6:32 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has lifted a city's ban on the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit used by some Muslim women. Wearing the garments in municipal pools in the western city of Koblenz was forbidden at the beginning of this year after the local council narrowly approved a ban. Officials...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, federal health officials updated the U.S. measles case count, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 13, 2019 - 5:43 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated a religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, following a trend of states trying to clamp down on opt-outs in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades . The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to repeal the...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2013, file photo, members of the militant Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) shout slogan during a demonstration in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Islamic Defenders Front, better known for vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution, has over the past decade and a half repurposed its militia into a force that's as adept at searching for victims buried under earthquake rubble and distributing aid as it is at inspiring fear. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)
June 11, 2019 - 1:34 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front is perhaps best known for its vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution. But over the past 15 years it has repurposed its militia into a force that's as adept at searching for victims buried under earthquake...
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CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE GROUP TO THE MYSTIC SEVEN SISTERS INSTEAD OF THE VOODOO PRIESTESSES - A group called The Mystic Seven Sisters participates in a funeral precession for Leah Chase from St. Peter Claver Church to her restaurant "Dooky Chase's" in New Orleans, Monday, June 10, 2019. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds of admirers who filed through the church on Monday to pay last respects to Leah Chase, the "Queen of Creole Cuisine" who ran a family restaurant where civil rights strategies were discussed over gumbo and fried chicken in the 1950s and '60s. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 10, 2019 - 11:44 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For celebrated Creole chef Leah Chase, the goodbye had all the ingredients of a typical New Orleans sendoff: warm reminiscences and mourning mixed with a Mardi Gras-style celebration of her life. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds who filed through a...
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