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China says 13,000 Xinjiang 'terrorists' arrested since 2014

Mar. 18, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists and has broken up hundreds of "terrorist gangs" in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said in a report Monday issued to counter criticism of internment camps and other oppressive security in the traditionally Islamic region....

Federal appeals court OKs tax-free housing for clergy

Mar. 15, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a law giving clergy tax-free housing allowances is constitutional, overturning a ruling in Wisconsin that said it was an unconstitutional benefit and delivering a huge win to religious leaders who had fought to keep the substantial benefit. The...

US envoy calls China's Muslim camps 'horrific,' wants probe

Mar. 12, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Describing China's internment of an estimated 1 million Muslims as a "horrific situation," a U.S. envoy on religion called Tuesday for an independent investigation into the detentions and for the release of those being held. Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international...

China protests US criticism of policies on religion

Mar. 9, 2019 11:12 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — China has issued a protest over remarks the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom made criticizing Beijing's polices toward Muslim and Tibetan Buddhist minorities and saying the country was "at war with faith." The foreign ministry's office in Hong Kong said the...

Text of House Resolution on anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bias

Mar. 7, 2019 6:56 PM EST

Text of the House resolution condemning bigotry: Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of...

Correction: Vatican-Pius XII story

Mar. 5, 2019 7:25 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story March 4 about Pope Francis opening Vatican archival documents on World War II-era Pope Pius XII to researchers, The Associated Press incorrectly cited the year Rabbi Arthur Schneier started leading a New York synagogue. Schneier has been senior rabbi of Park East Synagogue...

Controversial Georgia 'religious liberties' bill stalls

Mar. 4, 2019 4:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A controversial Georgia proposal to require a "compelling governmental interest" before the state interferes with someone's religious practices stalled Monday when a state Senate committee postponed public testimony on the proposal. Critics say the bill would legalize discrimination against...

2 groups fighting over display of Bible at veterans hospital

Feb. 28, 2019 4:24 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Two organizations are fighting over the display of a Bible at the Manchester VA Medical Center. The Bible was carried by a prisoner of war in World War II and became part of a memorial at the medical center. It was removed after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation objected....

'Religious liberties' bill renews a recurring Georgia debate

Feb. 28, 2019 4:23 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A 'religious liberties' bill that aims to add greater protections for personal beliefs has renewed a recurring debate in Georgia about discrimination and religious freedom. Republican state Sen. Marty Harbin of Tyrone said Thursday his proposal was drafted to mirror the Religious Freedom...

High court's cross case could affect monuments nationally

Feb. 27, 2019 4:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 40-foot-tall, concrete cross on public land in a Maryland suburb of Washington is at the center of a case before the Supreme Court. But similar monuments elsewhere in the country could be affected by the high court ruling, states have told the justices. The District of Columbia-based...