Latest Religion News

In new Sudan, women want more freedom, bigger political role

Sep. 19, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — On her daily walks from home to her job at a primary school in the city of Port Sudan, Khalda Saber would urge people to join the protests against the three-decade rule of Sudan's autocratic President Omar al-Bashir. At school, she rallied fellow teachers to join the pro-democracy uprising. "I...

The Latest: Defiant Israel PM seeks to lead ruling coalition

Sep. 19, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli election (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Israel's prime minister says he will seek to lead a ruling coalition with his religious and nationalist allies, despite falling short of a parliamentary majority in Tuesday's elections. Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday at a...

Tonga in national holiday to bid farewell to leader Pohiva

Sep. 19, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hundreds of mourners packed a church service on Thursday and children stood vigil on downtown streets as Tonga took a national holiday to bid farewell to Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva at a state funeral. During a political career that began more than three decades ago,...

'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

Prosecutors seek trial for man charged with synagogue attack

Sep. 19, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prosecutors will have a recording of a 20-year-old's call to an emergency dispatcher and his online posts when they try to convince a judge that he should be put on trial for opening fire in a synagogue on the last day of Passover, killing one woman and injuring three people, including the...

Pastafarian pastor leads prayer at Alaska government meeting

Sep. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska, the latest blessing from a nontraditional church since a court ruling. Barrett Fletcher, the Pastafarian pastor,...

Mainers will likely have final vote on vaccine exemptions

Sep. 18, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An effort to undo state lawmakers' elimination of religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccines will be decided by a statewide vote in March if petitions submitted Wednesday are validated by the state. Mainers for Health and Parental Rights delivered more than 77,000 signatures...

Politician apologizes for use of anti-Semitic trope

Sep. 18, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The city council president in New Jersey's capital city apologized Tuesday for using an anti-Semitic trope while discussing actions taken by the city's Jewish attorney. Trenton City Council President Kathy McBride, who is black and not Jewish, said at a council hearing she was sorry...

Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages

Sep. 18, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported. But a whistleblower's...

AP Explains: A look at Judaism's place in Israeli politics

Sep. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Seven decades after Israel's founding, the debate over Judaism's place in public life rages on. Israeli political battle lines often fracture along how the country balances Jewish religion and liberal democracy. These tensions were a central issue in this week's national election, and are...