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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...

Mississippi minister accused of abusing girl 45 years ago

Oct. 16, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi youth minister is accused of sexually abusing a 10 year old girl nearly 45 years ago. The Clarion Ledger reports 71-year-old Dural Reece Ragsdale surrendered Monday. He was indicted last month on a felony charge of fondling a child under 14. District Attorney John...

Not guilty plea from man accused in church wedding shooting

Oct. 15, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A man accused of storming into a New Hampshire church over the weekend and shooting a clergyman and a bride during a wedding pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Dale Holloway, 37, of Manchester, is accused of attempted murder, assault and other charges in connection with the Saturday shooting...

Parishioners find other sanctuaries after church shooting

Oct. 14, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — Members of New England Pentecostal Ministries are finding comfort and fellowship at other churches while theirs remains closed following a shooting during a weekend wedding. Dale Holloway, 37, is accused of wounding a clergyman and a bride Saturday in Pelham, New Hampshire. Stanley...

Religious right sticks by Trump as political heat rises

Oct. 11, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

As the threat of impeachment looms, President Donald Trump is digging in and taking solace in the base that helped him get elected: conservative evangelical Christians who laud his commitment to enacting their agenda. Trump told reporters last week that "the biggest pastors" have assured him that Christians are...

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...

Correction: Religion-Trump Evangelicals story

Oct. 7, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — In a story Oct. 7 about the Rev. Franklin Graham's tour, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Donald Trump won the North Carolina county that includes Greenville in 2016. Hillary Clinton won the county. A corrected version of the story is below: Rev. Graham's tour evokes...

Married priests, saviors of the faith or part of an agenda?

Oct. 4, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Brazil (AP) — At dusk in this small indigenous village, Antelmo Pereira calls local Catholics to prayer, changes into a white robe and leads a religious service that is the closest thing the faithful in this remote part of the Amazon can get to a proper Mass. Speaking in the indigenous Ticuna...

Catholic bishops consider married priests, face opposition

Oct. 3, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Brazil (AP) — At dusk in this small indigenous village, Antelmo Pereira calls Catholics to prayer, changes into a white robe and leads a religious service that is the closest thing the faithful in this remote part of the Amazon can get to a proper Mass. Speaking in the indigenous Ticuna...

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...