Latest Freedom of religion News

Vatican, China make breakthrough deal on bishop appointments

Sep. 22, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and China said Saturday they had signed a "provisional agreement" over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated a split among Chinese Catholics. The deal resolved one of the major sticking points in...

Rivals for Georgia governor clash on 'religious freedom' law

Sep. 21, 2018 3:49 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The rivals campaigning to become Georgia's next governor clashed Friday over whether the state needs a law offering protection for citizens acting on religious belief — an issue the outgoing Republican governor shot down amid an outcry from business leaders who joined gay rights...

Group: Officials destroying crosses, burning bibles in China

Sep. 10, 2018 3:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China....

County says cross on county seal is historical not religious

Sep. 7, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for a Pennsylvania County said Friday it should be allowed to keep a cross symbol on its official seal because it represents the county's history, not a religious mandate. Lehigh County asked a panel of the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in its oral argument to reverse a...

Trump hosts evangelical leaders at the White House

Aug. 27, 2018 8:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the government's "attacks on communities of faith" are over as he hosts a dinner celebrating evangelical Christian leaders at the White House. Trump says the government in recent years has tried to undermine religious freedom, but those days are over. He's...

The Latest: Services and other events set for McCain

Aug. 26, 2018 10:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of Sen. John McCain (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Plans are coming together for services and other events to honor the late Sen. John McCain over the next week. Those involved in planning McCain's farewell say the Arizona Republican will lie in state in the Arizona...

George Washington letter to be read at oldest US synagogue

Aug. 18, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A letter from George Washington will be read at the nation's oldest synagogue to celebrate freedom of religion. The annual reading is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the 255-year-old Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. Touro Synagogue holds an important place in the history of the...

Historic Rhode Island cottage reopens to the public

Aug. 10, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A historic cottage that was owned by a descendant of the founder of Rhode Island has reopened to the public. WJAR-TV reports the first floor of the Betsey Williams Cottage in Roger Williams Park in Providence opened for tours Thursday for the first time in 30 years. The home dates...

Thousands in China mosque standoff over demolition plan

Aug. 10, 2018 7:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Thousands of Muslims gathered at a mosque in northwestern China on Friday to protest its planned demolition in a rare, public pushback to the government's efforts to rewrite how religions are practiced in the country. A large crowd of Hui people, a Muslim ethnic minority, began congregating...

Satanist convicted of disrupting government meeting

Aug. 9, 2018 5:55 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida religious freedom activist and self-proclaimed Satanist who objects to prayers before government meetings has been convicted of disrupting a meeting. The Pensacola News Journal reports that a judge found David Suhor guilty this week of trespassing and resisting arrest and...