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Tom Alexander holds a cross as he prays prior to rulings outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The Supreme Court is siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for employment discrimination. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Double win at Supreme Court elates religious conservatives

Jul. 11, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative-leaning faith leaders and their allies, outspoken in recent years about what they consider infringements on religious liberties, cheered Wednesday as the Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings that protected certain rights of religious employers. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School...

Tom Alexander holds a cross as he prays prior to rulings outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2020.  The Supreme Court is siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for employment discrimination.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

Jul. 8, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled broadly Wednesday in favor of the religious rights of employers in two cases that could leave more than 70,000 women without free contraception and tens of thousands of people with no way to sue for job discrimination. In both cases the court ruled 7-2, with two...

A man on a bicycle stops to take a photograph outside the Supreme Court, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Supreme Court sides with Catholic schools in employment suit

Jul. 8, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided with two Catholic schools in a ruling Wednesday underscoring that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can't sue for employment discrimination. The high court's ruling was 7-2, with two liberal justices joining the...

Protesters back Indiana pastor who called activists maggots

Jul. 6, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Supporters of an Indiana minister who was suspended for calling organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement “maggots and parasites” walked out of a service and shouted at a bishop who ended his remarks with the words, “Black lives matter.” The...

Catholic priest suspended for comparing BLM to 'maggots'

Jul. 1, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — A bishop suspended a suburban Indianapolis Catholic priest from public ministry on Wednesday for comparing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers to “maggots and parasites” in a recent church bulletin. Bishop Timothy Doherty, of the Diocese of...

In this Monday, June 22, 2020, photo, Hind Makki, poses for a portrait at the The Prayer Center of Orland Park in Orland Park, Ill. Makki remembers how, as a young girl, she would call out others at the Islamic school she attended when she heard an Arabic word that means

After Floyd, raw talk, racial reckoning among US Muslims

Jun. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

As a young student, Hind Makki recalls, she would call out others at the Islamic school she attended when some casually used an Arabic word meaning “slaves” to refer to Black people. “Maybe 85% of the time, the response that I would get from people ... is, ‘Oh, we don’t mean...

Court orders dismissal of Trump Muslim travel ban challenges

Jun. 8, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out three lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries, a victory for the Trump administration in its yearslong defense of the ban. A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit...

The Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, speaks Wednesday, June 3, 2020, down the block from St. John's Church, that is across Lafayette Park from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Amid protests, US faith leaders engage racism and politics

Jun. 3, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As days of anti-racism protests sparked by police killings push Americans toward a national reckoning, religious leaders are stepping more directly into the politics surrounding discrimination, entering into a dialogue that cuts across lines of faith and color. Groups from multiple...

Jewish rights group urges ban of pro-Nazi commemoration

May. 14, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A leading Jewish human rights group has called on Bosnia’s authorities to ban a memorial Mass for Croatian pro-Nazis killed at the end of World War II. The controversial gathering of Croatia's far-right supporters has been held annually in the southern Austrian...