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Some LGBTQ believers stick with faiths that repudiate them

Dec. 06, 2022 17:25 PM EST

When queer students at Yeshiva University sued the school for discrimination in spring 2021, critics were quick to question why LGBTQ students would opt for an Orthodox Jewish university in the first place. But for many LGBTQ Orthodox Jews, as with believers of other faiths, their...

LGBTQ students wrestle with tensions at Christian colleges

Dec. 05, 2022 09:05 AM EST

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — As monks chanted evening prayers in the dimly lit Saint John’s University church, members of the student LGBTQ organization, QPLUS, were meeting in a dedicated, Pride flag-lined lounge at the institution’s sister Benedictine college, a few miles away across...

Taliban: 10 killed in bombing of Afghan religious school

Nov. 30, 2022 11:49 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb blast hit a religious school in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 10 students, a Taliban official said. The explosion went off at around the time of afternoon prayers at the Al Jihad Madrassa in Aybak, capital of Samangan province, a...

Twin blasts shake Jerusalem, killing teen and wounding 18

Nov. 23, 2022 13:53 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two blasts went off near bus stops in Jerusalem at the height of morning rush hour on Wednesday, killing a Canadian-Israeli teenager and injuring at least 18, in what police said were attacks by Palestinians. The first explosion occurred near a typically crowded...

Turkish singer appears in court over religious schools joke

Oct. 21, 2022 07:52 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish pop singer accused of “inciting hatred and enmity” with a joke about Turkey's religious schools rejected the charge Friday during her first court appearance. Singer-songwriter Gulsen was charged and briefly jailed over the joke she made during a...

Kansas to search grounds of former Native American school

Oct. 17, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

FAIRWAY, Kan. (AP) — The grounds of a former Native American boarding school in Kansas will be searched to determine if any Indigenous children were buried there, state officials said. The Kansas Historical Society, which owns the site in Fairway, is contracting with the University...

Judge acquits Legion priests in abuse-linked extortion case

Oct. 03, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A judge in Milan on Monday acquitted five members of the Legion of Christ religious order and their lawyers of attempted extortion in a case in which they were accused of offering to pay the family of a sexual abuse victim to lie to prosecutors. Four of the five were...

Amid crises, rural roots anchor Southern Baptists’ president

Oct. 03, 2022 08:26 AM EDT

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (AP) — On the first Saturday of fall, a sweating Bart Barber trekked across a weedy pasture in search of Bully Graham, the would-be patriarch of the rural Baptist pastor’s fledgling cattle herd. With the afternoon temperature in the mid-90s, the 52-year-old...

New judge lets Missouri boarding school stay open for now

Sep. 27, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

A Missouri judge on Tuesday allowed a Christian boarding school to remain open for now, scheduling two days of hearings in October to determine its fate after multiple current and former students alleged widespread abuse. Cedar County Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Pyle's ruling came...

Investigation underway into antisemitism at U of Vermont

Sep. 13, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating allegations of antisemitism at the University of Vermont, including that some Jewish students were excluded from campus clubs and a teaching assistant threatened to reduce the grades of students who support the state of Israel. The...