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Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Oct. 14, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 13 The Greensboro News & Record on indoor worship services in North Carolina: Those odd-looking, animate objects you’re beginning to see again in the stands at college and pro football games are called people. Time was when actual human beings...

Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' exhibit back in Massachusetts

Oct. 10, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — An exhibition that celebrates Norman Rockwell’s depictions of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms is returning to Massachusetts after a six-city international tour. “Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom” is going back on display at the Norman...

Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church, leaves East Baton Rouge Parish jail after posting bond in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Louisiana authorities arrested the pastor on an assault charge on Tuesday after he admitted that he drove his church bus toward a man who has been protesting his decision to hold mass gatherings in defiance of public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

GOP lawmakers seek to keep Louisiana pastor from prosecution

Oct. 7, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Louisiana lawmakers trying to chisel away at Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions Wednesday sought to protect a Baton Rouge area pastor charged with violating those rules and advanced legislation that would keep emergency orders from governing churches. The...

In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 photo, Father Reweis Khalil brings the bread (Body of Christ) to worshippers during Sunday service at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Hampton, VA., on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Khalil was removed from the priesthood in July. Sally Zakhari has alleged, including in a police report and to Coptic Church officials, that Khalil has sexually abused her. Khalil has denied the allegations through his attorney. (The' N. Pham/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

For Coptic Church, changes, questions after priest ouster

Oct. 7, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

For 17 years, Sally Zakhari said she told priests and leaders in the Coptic Orthodox Church her childhood nightmare — how a Coptic priest visiting from Egypt sexually abused her at her Florida home during what was supposed to be her first confession. “I’ve already gone to countless bishops....

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, as the justices continue arguments in a new term without their colleague, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Supreme Court wrestles with Muslims' suit over no-fly list

Oct. 6, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that has been friendly to religious interests took up a case Tuesday involving Muslim men who claim their religious rights were violated when they were placed on the government’s no-fly list because they refused to serve as FBI informants. The justices, in arguments...

Lawsuits challenge Virginia's sexual orientation protections

Oct. 6, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A conservative legal group has filed lawsuits challenging a new Virginia law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The lawsuits filed this week in state and federal court by Alliance Defending Freedom argue that the new law infringes on their...

Pikeville schools respond to graduation prayers complaint

Oct. 3, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Pikeville Independent School District is considering whether prayers can be allowed at graduation ceremonies after receiving a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, WYMT-TV reported. The Wisconsin-based group said it received complaints following the...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2006, photo, KRQE-TV meteorologist Mark Ronchetti prepares the weathercast at the KRQE studios in Albuquerque, N.M. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., is vastly outspending well-known Republican former television meteorologist Ronchetti, a first-time political candidate with a tough-on-crime message, in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Udall. (Jaelyn deMaria/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

Senate race pits political scion against TV-savvy Republican

Oct. 2, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Latino congressman and mainstay of Democratic politics in northern New Mexico is vying for an open U.S. Senate seat against a television-savvy Republican challenger with household name recognition as a former network meteorologist based in Albuquerque. The race between U.S. Rep. Ben...

Atheist advocacy group sues state over religious voter oath

Oct. 2, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An atheist advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Alabama's secretary of state, claiming a mandatory religious oath on voter registration forms is unconstitutional. A Wednesday news release from The Freedom From Religion Foundation said Alabama is the only state that requires...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Pompeo is meeting Thursday with top Vatican officials, a day after tensions over U.S. opposition to the Vatican’s China policy spilled out in public. (Vatican Media via AP)

Pompeo, Vatican clash over China after tensions spill out

Oct. 1, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The U.S. and the Vatican butted heads over China on Thursday as the Holy See chafed at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s public call to take a harsher stance against Chinese restrictions on religious freedom. The State Department sought to play down the differences, but tensions...