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German pastor charged with incitement for anti-gay comment

Jul. 2, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in the northern German city of Bremen have charged a Protestant pastor with incitement for comments he made about homosexuality, authorities said Thursday. The comments from the pastor, whose name was not released, were made at a seminar in October on the subject of marriage when...

FILE - In this Monday, June 1, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump holds a Bible during a visit outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House in Washington. Polling released by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 finds that Trump's strong approval among white evangelicals -- a cornerstone of his political base -- remains intact in the wake of the previous month's photo op at the church, which sparked criticism from some religious leaders, and the Supreme Court's ruling to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Poll: About 7 in 10 white evangelicals approve of Trump

Jul. 1, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About 7 in 10 white evangelical Protestants approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of his job, according to a new survey -- support from a cornerstone of his political base that has remained strong following a polarizing church visit and a Supreme Court ruling on LGBT...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, evangelical Christians from various countries wave American flags in Jerusalem. Israeli regulators on Sunday, June 28, 2020, announced they ordered a U.S.-based evangelical broadcaster taken off the air, saying the channel hid its missionary agenda when it applied for a license. The controversy over GOD TV’s “Shelanu” station has put Israel and its evangelical Christian supporters in an awkward position. Evangelicals, particularly in the United States, are among the strongest supporters of Israel, which Israel has long welcomed. But most Jews view any effort to convert them as deeply offensive. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Israel orders US-based Christian TV channel off air

Jun. 28, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli regulators on Sunday announced they ordered a U.S.-based evangelical broadcaster taken off the air, saying the channel hid its missionary agenda when it applied for a license. In his decision, Asher Biton, the chairman of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, said he had...

FILE-This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. Blanton, the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, has died in prison, the governor's office said Friday. He was 81. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Thomas Blanton, KKK bomber of 16th St Baptist Church, dies

Jun. 26, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s...

FILE - In this  July 21, 2016, file photo, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Falwell has apologized after posting a tweet on May 27, 2020, aimed at Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's coronavirus mask mandate, that included a picture of a mask bearing a photo of a person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume. That photo appeared on Northam's medical school yearbook page and, when made public in 2019, sparked a furor that nearly forced him from office. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Evangelical Liberty U rattled by its own racial reckoning

Jun. 24, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the nation wrestles with how to do more for racial equality, Liberty University — a school whose leadership has said it doesn't have a problem — is facing its own tough questions. Jerry Falwell Jr., who leads the prominent evangelical Christian university, apologized...

In this April 25, 2020 photo, Mississippi state flags are positioned on a vehicle amid an arrangement with the American flag and a Gadsden flag during a drive-by

Baptists and Walmart criticize rebel-themed Mississippi flag

Jun. 23, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Confederate-themed Mississippi flag drew opposition Tuesday from two big forces in the culturally conservative state: Southern Baptists and Walmart. Walmart said it will stop displaying the Mississippi flag while the state debates whether to change the design. The Mississippi...

In this June 22, 2020 photo provided by Lauren Manning, Pastor Joshua Manning poses outside his Community Baptist Church in Noel, Mo. The town of 1,800 residents has been hit hard by the coronavirus, and Manning believes he, his wife and their three children all have it, though testing has not yet confirmed it. Manning said several members of his congregation also have either tested positive or are showing symptoms, so much so that he has closed the church for the time being. (Lauren Manning via AP)

Rural Missouri pastor: Virus 'just started to sprout up'

Jun. 23, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Pastor Joshua Manning is waiting for test results, but he can tell by the persistent fever and body aches that he probably has the coronavirus. His wife and three kids have symptoms, too, and so many members of his Community Baptist Church in tiny Noel, Missouri, are infected that...

The vandalised statue of noted coloniser Hans Egede in Nuuk, Greenland, Sunday June 21, 2020, daubed with red paint early Sunday morning. Hans Egede was a Dano-Norwegian Lutheran missionary who launched mission efforts to Greenland. (Christian Klindt Soelbeck/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Greenland: Police arrest suspects in statue vandalism case

Jun. 23, 2020 6:19 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police in Greenland have detained a man in his early 30s in connection with the vandalism of a statue of a Danish colonizer that was doused with red paint and the word “decolonize.” Police told Greenland broadcaster KNR Monday that investigations of the defacement...

Megachurch pastor apologizes for 'white blessing' comments

Jun. 17, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A white pastor for an Atlanta megachurch has tearfully apologized for referring to the “blessing of slavery” and for suggesting that the phrase “white privilege” could be better understood as a “white blessing." Louie Giglio, the founder of Passion City...

The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church  stands in Union County, Ore., date not known. A COVID-19 outbreak in Union County was reported this week, where 99 people tested positive, and an additional 119 people were confirmed positive for coronavirus Tuesday. Officials said a number of the cases are associated with the church. (Ronald Bond/The Observer via AP)

Church tied to Oregon's largest coronavirus outbreak

Jun. 16, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A church in rural northeastern Oregon is now the epicenter of the state's largest coronavirus outbreak, as 236 people tested positive for the disease, authorities said Tuesday. The outbreak also led to Oregon's second consecutive record-setting daily case count. “I think generally...