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Pastor Steve Klemz of Zion Lutheran Church poses for a portrait in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Pastor Klemz is retiring after 28 years. He has worked tirelessly on social justice issues, including capital punishment, civil rights and immigration reform, as well as helped create the Interfaith Roundtable to bring together religious leaders from many faiths at the time of the 2002 Winter Olympics. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Retiring Utah pastor brings caring, courage to causes

Jul. 5, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It was not until Aug. 7, 1970, when his brother, Ken, was buried alive while sand-surfing down a Michigan dune, that Steve Klemz began to lean toward the ministry. Sure, young Steve was reared in a devout Lutheran home. He took religious education classes every Saturday for four...

North Carolina church wants Confederate statue off its lawn

Jul. 3, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

A North Carolina church is calling for removal of a century-old Confederate statue from the lawn in front of its sanctuary. The statue outside Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius was built in 1909 and is still owned and maintained by the Mount Zion Monument Association, which was formed by descendants...

German pastor charged with incitement for anti-gay comment

Jul. 2, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in the northern German city of Bremen have charged a Protestant pastor with incitement for comments he made about homosexuality, authorities said Thursday. The comments from the pastor, whose name was not released, were made at a seminar in October on the subject of marriage when...

FILE - In this Monday, June 1, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump holds a Bible during a visit outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House in Washington. Polling released by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 finds that Trump's strong approval among white evangelicals -- a cornerstone of his political base -- remains intact in the wake of the previous month's photo op at the church, which sparked criticism from some religious leaders, and the Supreme Court's ruling to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Poll: About 7 in 10 white evangelicals approve of Trump

Jul. 1, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About 7 in 10 white evangelical Protestants approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of his job, according to a new survey -- support from a cornerstone of his political base that has remained strong following a polarizing church visit and a Supreme Court ruling on LGBT...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, evangelical Christians from various countries wave American flags in Jerusalem. Israeli regulators on Sunday, June 28, 2020, announced they ordered a U.S.-based evangelical broadcaster taken off the air, saying the channel hid its missionary agenda when it applied for a license. The controversy over GOD TV’s “Shelanu” station has put Israel and its evangelical Christian supporters in an awkward position. Evangelicals, particularly in the United States, are among the strongest supporters of Israel, which Israel has long welcomed. But most Jews view any effort to convert them as deeply offensive. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Israel orders US-based Christian TV channel off air

Jun. 28, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli regulators on Sunday announced they ordered a U.S.-based evangelical broadcaster taken off the air, saying the channel hid its missionary agenda when it applied for a license. In his decision, Asher Biton, the chairman of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, said he had...

FILE-This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. Blanton, the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, has died in prison, the governor's office said Friday. He was 81. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Thomas Blanton, KKK bomber of 16th St Baptist Church, dies

Jun. 26, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s...

Evangelical group opens educational facility in Indiana

Jun. 24, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An evangelical organization is opening a faith-based educational facility at a Indiana location that was once a military academy. Last week, the New York-based World Olivet Assembly announced it had bought the 63-acre campus in LaGrange County, The Journal Gazette reported...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 24, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ June 24 The Dispatch on efforts to preserve the history of Black Mississippians: If you were to somehow be able to spread Mississippi’s history out on a table, the first thing you would notice is a gaping hole in it. It would not be inaccurate to describe...

FILE - In this  July 21, 2016, file photo, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Falwell has apologized after posting a tweet on May 27, 2020, aimed at Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's coronavirus mask mandate, that included a picture of a mask bearing a photo of a person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume. That photo appeared on Northam's medical school yearbook page and, when made public in 2019, sparked a furor that nearly forced him from office. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Evangelical Liberty U rattled by its own racial reckoning

Jun. 24, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the nation wrestles with how to do more for racial equality, Liberty University — a school whose leadership has said it doesn't have a problem — is facing its own tough questions. Jerry Falwell Jr., who leads the prominent evangelical Christian university, apologized...

In this April 25, 2020 photo, Mississippi state flags are positioned on a vehicle amid an arrangement with the American flag and a Gadsden flag during a drive-by

Baptists and Walmart criticize rebel-themed Mississippi flag

Jun. 23, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Confederate-themed Mississippi flag drew opposition Tuesday from two big forces in the culturally conservative state: Southern Baptists and Walmart. Walmart said it will stop displaying the Mississippi flag while the state debates whether to change the design. The Mississippi...