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Supreme Court to hear case of praying ex-football coach

Jan. 14, 2022 17:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear the case of a former Seattle-area football coach who was removed from his job because he refused to stop praying on the field. Former Bremerton High School coach Joe Kennedy’s lawyers say the religious beliefs of their...

Families prepare to lay to rest victims lost in Bronx fire

Jan. 12, 2022 19:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prayers and the compelling need to bury the dead filled a Bronx mosque Wednesday, as a bereaved community began saying goodbye to those lost in New York City’s most devastating fire in decades. Among those still awaiting funeral rites are a 2-year-old boy, a...

Future of prayer site in doubt under Israel's fragile govt

Jan. 04, 2022 02:55 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel's new government took office last June, it indicated it would press ahead on an egalitarian prayer site at Jerusalem's Western Wall — a sensitive holy site that has emerged as a point of friction between Jews over how prayer is conducted there. But...

'A moral giant': South Africans pay their respects to Tutu

Dec. 31, 2021 11:13 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africans from all corners of retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu's “rainbow nation” filed past his plain pine casket by the hundreds on Friday to pay their respects to his life of activism for equality for all races, creeds and sexual orientations. ...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Dec. 22, 2021 15:39 PM EST

Yankton Press & Dakotan. December 21, 2021. Editorial: CRT Legislation Could Produce Problems Gov. Kristi Noem is laying out a decidedly right-wing agenda ahead of South Dakota’s 2022 legislative session, which also kicks off an election year in this state. Last...

Pastor seeks tattoo shop to bring church as people get inked

Dec. 18, 2021 03:03 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa, (AP) — Instead of waiting and hoping for more parishioners to show up in an era of declining church attendance, an Allentown pastor plans to bring prayer and Bible study to the community — through local tattoo shops. “People aren’t coming into churches,” Rev....

All from US missionary group freed in Haiti, police say

Dec. 16, 2021 20:06 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The remaining members of a U.S. missionary group who were kidnapped two months ago in Haiti have been freed, Haitian police and the church group said Thursday. The spokesman for Haiti’s National Police, Gary Desrosiers, confirmed to The Associated...

In Kashmir, closed mosque belies India’s religious freedom

Dec. 16, 2021 01:23 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Jamia Masjid, the grand mosque of Srinagar, dominates its neighborhood with an imposing main gate and massive turrets. It can hold 33,000 worshippers, and on special occasions over the years hundreds of thousands of Muslims have filled nearby lanes and roads to offer...

Biden: Nation owes school shooting victims more than prayers

Dec. 14, 2021 13:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a video released Tuesday, President Joe Biden spoke directly to the families of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School nine years ago, saying the nation owed families of mass shootings “more than our prayers. We owe them action.” “No matter how...

What's your religion? In US, a common reply now is "None"

Dec. 14, 2021 12:31 PM EST

Nathalie Charles, even in her mid-teens, felt unwelcome in her Baptist congregation, with its conservative views on immigration, gender and sexuality. So she left. “I just don’t feel like that gelled with my view of what God is and what God can be,” said Charles, an 18-year-old...