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    A Wilmington, North Carolina police officer who was fired for taking part in a violently racist conversation has filed an appeal, claiming his comments were protected religious speech. Wilmington Police officer James “Brian” Gilmore was one of three officers fired last month for taking part in recorded racist conversations. One of those conversations, for which Gilmore was not present, involved racist slurs and talk of massacring Black Americans in a second Civil War. Gilmore claims that, because he...
    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 9, 2020, and republished July 10 about the Supreme Court decisions that protected certain rights of religious employers, The Associated Press erroneously reported Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pertained to the employment discrimination case and Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru pertained to Obama-era Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers provide free contraception. The decision on Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru pertained to the employment...
    Try having a debate about religion. Go ahead. I’ll wait. How did it go? Poorly, I bet. For whatever reason, religion is often “off the table” when it comes to the serious examination of its impact on society. If one does attempt to debate religion’s place in the world with the devout, it often unravels into combative condescension and eventually ends with clenched fists topped off with a ridiculous non-statement like, Well, you just got to have faith!...
    By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled. The Supreme Courts most unusual term featured victories for immigrants, abortion rights, LGBTQ workers and religious freedoms. The usually quiet Thomas baritone was heard by the whole world when the coronavirus outbreak upended the courts traditional way of doing business. When the biggest decisions were handed down, the chief justice was almost always in the majority and dictated the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled. The Supreme Court’s most unusual term featured victories for immigrants, abortion rights, LGBTQ workers and religious freedoms. The usually quiet Thomas’ baritone was heard by the whole world when the coronavirus outbreak upended the court’s traditional way of doing business. When the biggest decisions were handed down, the chief justice was almost always in the majority and dictated the reach of the court’s most controversial cases, whether...
    Joe Biden’s statement Wednesday on the Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court case marked the vanishing space for religious liberty among Democrats. The former vice president, who up to then had remained relatively silent on the issue, a yearslong battle over whether or not the Catholic order of nuns would have to offer contraception in its healthcare plans, confirmed what many of his critics had long suspected. If elected, Biden essentially promised to undo the Supreme Court’s protections for...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he’s drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services. “I said enough’s enough,” Clark said. “We will be singing and praising the Lord. … We don’t chant, but if we did chant, we’d be chanting too.” The California ban was one of a number of restrictions on indoor businesses and...
    By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but hes drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services. “I said enough’s enough,” Clark said. “We will be singing and praising the Lord. ... We don’t chant, but if we did chant, we’d be chanting too.” The California ban was one of a number of...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he’s drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services. “I said enough’s enough,” Clark said. “We will be singing and praising the Lord. … We don’t chant, but if we did chant, we’d be chanting too.” The California ban was one of a number of restrictions on indoor businesses and...
    YUBA CITY (CBS / AP) — Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he’s drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services. “I said enough’s enough,” Clark said. “We will be singing and praising the Lord. … We don’t chant, but if we did chant, we’d be chanting too.” The California ban was one of a number of restrictions on indoor...
    State-run churches in China are allegedly under orders from the countrys communist leadership to praise Chinese President Xi Jinping before being permitted to reopen, according to religious liberty watchdog reports. A publication on Bitter Winter, a magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China, reported that the Lishiting Catholic Church in the Shunhe district of Kaifeng reopened on June 14 after five months of being closed, but only after proving its loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)....
    Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but hes drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services. “I said enough’s enough,” Clark said. “We will be singing and praising the Lord. ... We don’t chant, but if we did chant, we’d be chanting too.” The California ban was one of a number of restrictions on indoor businesses and gatherings put in place...
    The US Supreme Court reshaped under President Donald Trump has been called the most conservative-leaning court in modern US history. With two appointments already in the presidents first term, the benchs ideological balance tilts right, favouring conservatives in a 6-3 split. The top court in the US has a profound impact on American life, ruling on highly contentious issues like abortion and gun rights. Nine judges on its bench, called justices, get lifetime terms so when President Trump got...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he’s drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services. “I said enough’s enough,” Clark said. “We will be singing and praising the Lord. … We don’t chant, but if we did chant, we’d be chanting too.” The California ban was one of a number of restrictions on indoor businesses and...
    Members of the news media gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices made it clear that a sitting president cannot evade criminal investigations, ruling that a prosecutor in New York City can obtain President Donald Trumps financial records including tax returns, in Washington, July 9, 2020.Leah Millis | Reuters On the last day of the first full Supreme Court term with his two hand-picked appointees on the bench, President Donald Trump spent the morning cursing the court. This is...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled. The Supreme Court’s most unusual term featured victories for immigrants, abortion rights, LGBTQ workers and religious freedoms. The usually quiet Thomas’ baritone was heard by the whole world when the coronavirus outbreak upended the court’s traditional way of doing business. When the biggest decisions were handed down, the chief justice was almost always in the majority and dictated the reach of the court’s most controversial cases, whether...
    The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups. The churchs haul may have reached — or even exceeded — $3.5 billion, making a global religious institution with more than a billion followers among the biggest winners in the U.S. governments pandemic relief efforts,...
    By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled. The Supreme Courts most unusual term featured victories for undocumented immigrants, abortion rights, LGBTQ workers and religious freedoms. The usually quiet Thomas baritone was heard by the whole world when the coronavirus outbreak upended the courts traditional way of doing business. When the biggest decisions were handed down, the chief justice was almost always in the majority and dictated...
    By Reese Dunklin and Michael Rezendes | Associated Press NEW YORK — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups. The church’s haul may have reached — or even exceeded — $3.5 billion, making a global religious institution with more than a billion...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled. The Supreme Court’s most unusual term featured victories for undocumented immigrants, abortion rights, LGBTQ workers and religious freedoms. The usually quiet Thomas’ baritone was heard by the whole world when the coronavirus outbreak upended the court’s traditional way of doing business. When the biggest decisions were handed down, the chief justice was almost always in the majority and dictated the reach of the court’s most controversial cases,...
    Startling New Report Reveals 90% Reduction in Christian Refugee Resettlement from Countries with Persecution PR Newswire BALTIMORE, July 10, 2020 Leaders of the country’s largest Christian traditions respond with alarm as World Relief and Open Doors USA release “Closed Doors” report on religious freedom impact of changes to immigration and asylum policy BALTIMORE, July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — World Relief, a global Christian humanitarian organization that serves refugees and other displaced people, and Open Doors USA, an international religious freedom watchdog...
    NEW YORK – The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups. The church’s haul may have reached -- or even exceeded -- $3.5 billion, making a global religious institution with more than a billion followers among the biggest winners in the U.S. government’s pandemic relief...
    By REESE DUNKLIN and MICHAEL REZENDES NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups. The church’s haul may have reached — or even exceeded — $3.5 billion, making a global religious institution with more than a billion followers among...
    In this Sunday, April 12, 2020 file photo, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, right, delivers his homily over mostly empty pews as he leads an Easter Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because...
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has appointed former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the Vatican said on Friday. The Academy, a think tank established in 1994 as a sister body to the older Pontifical Academy of Sciences, holds regular international symposiums on subjects of social concern such as human trafficking, modern slavery and debt relief. They are attended by world luminaries in their fields and produce reports which...