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Catholic priest suspended for comparing BLM to 'maggots'

Jul. 1, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — A bishop suspended a suburban Indianapolis Catholic priest from public ministry on Wednesday for comparing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers to “maggots and parasites” in a recent church bulletin. Bishop Timothy Doherty, of the Diocese of...

In this Monday, June 22, 2020, photo, Hind Makki, poses for a portrait at the The Prayer Center of Orland Park in Orland Park, Ill. Makki remembers how, as a young girl, she would call out others at the Islamic school she attended when she heard an Arabic word that means

After Floyd, raw talk, racial reckoning among US Muslims

Jun. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

As a young student, Hind Makki recalls, she would call out others at the Islamic school she attended when some casually used an Arabic word meaning “slaves” to refer to Black people. “Maybe 85% of the time, the response that I would get from people ... is, ‘Oh, we don’t mean...

Court orders dismissal of Trump Muslim travel ban challenges

Jun. 8, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out three lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries, a victory for the Trump administration in its yearslong defense of the ban. A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit...

The Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, speaks Wednesday, June 3, 2020, down the block from St. John's Church, that is across Lafayette Park from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Amid protests, US faith leaders engage racism and politics

Jun. 3, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As days of anti-racism protests sparked by police killings push Americans toward a national reckoning, religious leaders are stepping more directly into the politics surrounding discrimination, entering into a dialogue that cuts across lines of faith and color. Groups from multiple...

Jewish rights group urges ban of pro-Nazi commemoration

May. 14, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A leading Jewish human rights group has called on Bosnia’s authorities to ban a memorial Mass for Croatian pro-Nazis killed at the end of World War II. The controversial gathering of Croatia's far-right supporters has been held annually in the southern Austrian...

In this May 3, 2020 photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP Courtside: High Court wraps up Day 4 of phone arguments

May. 11, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is holding its second week of arguments by telephone because of the coronavirus pandemic, with audio available live to audiences around the world. The highest profile cases are up this week, including two on Tuesday involving the potential release of President Donald...

Flowers are blooming outside the front of the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday morning, May 11, 2020. (AP Photos/Mark Sherman)

Supreme Court appears divided in Catholic schools case

May. 11, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday seemed divided over how broadly religious institutions including schools, hospitals and social service centers should be shielded from job discrimination lawsuits by employees. The court heard arguments by telephone, with the audio available live, for a second...

This 2009 photo provided by the Biel family, shows the late Kristen Biel, at her graduation party, with her husband Darryl Biel and their two children, Dylan and Delaney.  On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a disability discrimination lawsuit she filed against her former employer, St. James Catholic School in Torrance, California. A judge initially sided with the school and halted the lawsuit, but an appeals court disagreed and said it could go forward. (Biel family photo via AP)

Catholic schools, ex-teachers clash in Supreme Court case

May. 8, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — First, Kristen Biel learned she had breast cancer. Then, after she told the Catholic school where she taught that she’d need time off for treatment, she learned her teaching contract wouldn't be renewed. “She was devastated,” said her husband Darryl. “She came...