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Christian music manager accused of child sex crime in Texas

Oct. 18, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee-based manager of Christian music artists is accused of touching the genitals of a child when he worked for a Texas Baptist church more than a decade ago. News outlets report 55-year-old Jeffrey Charles Berry was arrested this week in Franklin, Tennessee, on charges...

Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

Oct. 17, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Based on telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, Pew said Thursday that 65% of American adults now...

Transgender man shunned by Baptist college to get new name

Oct. 8, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A transgender man who was shunned by his private Tennessee college after getting breast reduction surgery has now returned to the state and plans to legally change his name. The Tennessean reports it's been two months since Yanna Awtrey left for North Carolina after having been...

Southern Baptists ready to put spotlight on sex-abuse crisis

Sep. 30, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

Entangled in a multifaceted sex-abuse crisis, the Southern Baptist Convention is preparing to host a high-profile conference on the topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the scheduled speakers. The three-day Caring Well conference opens Thursday at a resort hotel near Dallas, drawing hundreds of...

Biden on racism: White people 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear, trauma, brought...

Church built out of revival, the faith of former slaves

Sep. 15, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — He preached in living rooms, in the woods and in a cotton gin. When he returned from the Azusa Street Revival speaking in unknown tongues, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason was followed by just 10 churches out of more than 100 in the split over the theological disagreement. Today, the...

State drops same-sex rape case brought by homophobic deputy

Sep. 9, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors are dropping same-sex rape charges in a case investigated by a homophobic deputy who gave sermons as a Baptist church pastor calling for the execution of gay people. Assistant District Attorney General Sean McDermott tells the Knoxville News Sentinel that former Knox...