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Beijing hounds Chinese church seeking safety overseas

Sep. 07, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Days after flying to Thailand to seek asylum, members of a Chinese church huddled in a restaurant to share their stories with journalists. But when they peered over their shoulders, they spotted strangers taking videos of them with cellphones. In seconds, they...

Judge limits privilege defense in AZ Mormon sex abuse case

Aug. 18, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

An Arizona judge overseeing a high-profile lawsuit accusing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of conspiring to cover-up child sex abuse has ruled that the church may not refuse to answer questions or turn over documents under the state’s “clergy-penitent privilege.” ...

Mormon lawmaker pushes abuse reporting reform in Utah

Aug. 12, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker in Utah said Friday he plans to introduce legislation that would require clergy to report child abuse to authorities, eliminating the clergy-penitent privilege in a state where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the predominant...

Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen

Aug. 04, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — MJ was a tiny, black-haired girl, just 5 years old, when her father admitted to his bishop that he was sexually abusing her. The father, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an admitted pornography addict, was in counseling with his...

'Minis' may return to liquor stores in deeply religious Utah

Jul. 26, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Miniature bottles of alcohol could return to liquor stores in deeply religious Utah by the fall, after the state agency that oversees alcohol approved a rule change Tuesday. Members of the state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Services Commission voted...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 21, 2022 02:13 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 19, 2022. Editorial: Trump’s grip weakens, but that’s bad news for Florida Ron DeSantis was Ron who? — a back-bencher in Congress with little hope of political stardom — when Donald Trump enthusiastically endorsed him more than...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jul. 07, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Auburn Citizen. July 3, 2022. Editorial: NY Democrats’ special session shut out public The Democratically controlled state Legislature and Gov. Kathy Hochul came together last week for a special session that resulted in approving significant legislation related to...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 06, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 30, 2022. Editorial: Chasing reporters will just put them on high alert Nate Monroe, a political columnist at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, has a few things in common with the Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell, and with...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jul. 04, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. July 3, 2022. Editorial: Religious freedom includes keeping government out of religious matters It’s right there in the first words of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an...

Hard-line conservative Reps. Boebert, Miller win primaries

Jun. 29, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of Congress’ staunchest conservatives repelled more centrist alternatives to lock up Republican nominations on Tuesday, even as the party’s voters chose to turn out a six-term incumbent in Mississippi. Illinois Republican Rep. Mary Miller won her primary...