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The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

High court sparks new battle over church-state separation

Jul. 1, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the high court ruled 5-4 that...

New advertising campaign promotes the First Amendment

Jun. 26, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A third of Americans cannot name even one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, according to Ken Paulson. The director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University aims to change that with a new advertising campaign. No one has ever...

FILE - In this March 19, 1987, file photo, Television evangelist Jim Bakker poses in Columbia, S.C. Missouri-based TV pastor Jim Bakker, in a court filing on Monday, May 4, 2020, is asking a judge to dismiss a state lawsuit accusing him of falsely claiming that a health supplement could cure the coronavirus. The lawsuit said Bakker and a guest made the cure claim during a program on Feb. 12. (AP Photo/Lou Krasky File)

TV pastor Jim Bakker hopes attorney general halts probe

Jun. 10, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri-based TV pastor Jim Bakker hopes Arkansas' attorney general does not obtain personal information of his congregation members as part of an investigation into his false promotion of a product claiming it cured the coronavirus. Bakker’s attorneys said Attorney General...

Federal appeals court axes Satanic Temple abortion lawsuit

Jun. 9, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday filed by a member of the Satanic Temple against a Missouri abortion law. At issue is a law requiring women, before they can get an abortion, to receive a pamphlet that states: “The life of each human being begins...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump tries religious gestures to hike support amid protests

Jun. 3, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cloaking himself in religion for the second day in a row, President Donald Trump sought to seize the moral authority to justify his hard line against demonstrators protesting the killing of another black man in police custody and at the same time mobilize his religious conservative base....

President Donald Trump visits Saint John Paul II National Shrine with first lady Melania Trump, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump offers 'domination' of DC protests as model for states

Jun. 2, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Claiming he is backed by a “silent majority," President Donald Trump turned the nation’s capital into a model for the overwhelming force he believes critical to stop sometimes-violent protests that have spread across the country in a time of racial unrest. His tactics were...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump tries religious gestures to hike support amid protests

Jun. 2, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cloaking himself in religion for the second day in a row, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to seize the moral authority to justify his hard line against demonstrators protesting the killing of another black man in police custody and at the same time mobilize his religious...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives before President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. A divided Supreme Court on Friday, May 29, 2020, rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Roberts joined the court's four liberals in turning away a request from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, in the San Diego area. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP, File)

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services

May. 30, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John...

FILE - In this May 2, 2017, file photo, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Muslim American groups and the Anti-Defamation League are decrying the U.S. Agency for International Development’s hiring of Mark Kevin Lloyd, a religious freedom adviser who has reportedly made past anti-Islam comments. Greenblatt said Lloyd's appointment was “particularly offensive and inappropriate” in light of his past anti-Islam comments and urged him to “apologize immediately.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

New USAID adviser sparks furor over past anti-Islam comments

May. 29, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Muslim American groups are calling for the dismissal of a newly appointed religious freedom adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development, citing past online posts that disparage Islam on his social media. The Anti-Defamation League also has decried the appointment of Mark...

President Donald Trump gives thumbs up after stepping off Air Force One as he arrives at Detroit Metro Airport, behind him are Kurt Heise, left, Supervisor of Plymouth Township, Mich., and Speaker Lee Chatfield, of the Michigan House of Representatives, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Detroit. Trump will visit a Ypsilanti, Mich., Ford plant that has been converted to making personal protection and medical equipment. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In reversal, White House tells CDC to post church guidance

May. 21, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After refusing for weeks to release reopening guidance for churches, the Trump administration on Thursday abruptly changed course — with the president saying he had instructed health officials to put the advice out. While visiting Michigan, President Donald Trump said he had...