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Kirsten Gillibrand Claims Anti-Abortion Laws Are Not Christian
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, who identifies as Catholic, said that free will is a core tenet of Christianity.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Challenges Religious Right On Specific Bible Passages
The freshman lawmaker from New York says if they want to follow the Bible, they can start by backing her bill.
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Muslim Group Calls Out 'Law & Order: SVU' For Episode 'Enflaming Islamophobia'
One of the episode’s storylines involved a character who appeared to be an exaggerated version of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
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Paula White, Trump’s Spiritual Adviser, Leaves Florida Church With New Ambitions
The televangelist, who has defended the White House, is stepping down as head of New Destiny Christian Center to start 3,000 churches and open a university.
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Mormon Church Tweaks Wedding Policy To Make Nonmembers Feel More Included
Non-Mormons still aren't allowed to attend temple weddings. But a new church ruling could help ease some of the heartbreak.
Catholic Services Canceled In Sri Lanka Capital For Second Week Amid Renewed Threats
By Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press
Churches in Colombo, Sri Lanka were closed after over 250 people were killed in suicide bombings on April 21.
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Teens Protest United Methodist Church's Anti-LGBTQ Stance In Powerful Statement
After a year prepping for confirmation, eight teens Omaha’s First United Methodist Church declined to join the UMC, saying its anti-LGBTQ policies are "immoral."
Sri Lanka Troops Raid Militants Linked To Bombings, Find 15 Bodies In House
By Emily Schmall, Jon Gambrell and Bharatha Mallawarachi, AP
Authorities said the militants detonated three explosives and opened fire during the raid.
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Trump Has Changed White Evangelicals' Views On Morality In One Major Way
White evangelical Christians used to care deeply about politicians’ moral failings. That has changed dramatically since they started backing Trump, a study finds.
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Sri Lankan Muslims Brave Militant Threats To Gather For Friday Prayers
By Jon Gambrell, AP
Hundreds gathered at mosques across Sri Lanka on Friday, despite warnings that places of worship could be targeted by militants through the weekend.
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Sri Lankan Catholic Churches Cancel Worship Services, Fearful Of More Attacks
The archbishop of Colombo and other religious leaders are cautioning Sri Lankans against attending worship services for the foreseeable future.
Sri Lanka Lowers Death Toll From Easter Sunday Bombings To 253
By Emily Schmall and Bharatha Mallawarachi, AP
The country's top health official said the blasts had damaged some bodies beyond recognition, making accurate identification difficult.
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Michigan Adoption Agency Will Allow Children To Be Placed With LGBTQ Parents
By David Eggert, AP
Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids was handling 1,159 cases as of February.
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Pope Benedict Emerges From Retirement To Claim Abuse Crisis Started With Sexual Revolution
By Nicole Winfield, AP
The retired pope published an essay pointing to the sexual revolution and flawed church laws as reasons for the Catholic church's abuse scandal.
I Trusted God To Help Me Pay Back My Student Loans. Spoiler Alert: He Didn't.
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One of the most significant lessons I learned growing up in a Christian household was that no matter what I do, God is looking out for me.
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As A Trans Mormon, I Want My Church To Know It's Doing Good But Not Nearly Good Enough
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We need to make our churches as compassionate as the religious figures we built them to worship.
Mormon Church Drops Anti-LGBTQ Rule, But It Feels Like 'Gaslighting' To Some
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hasn't properly acknowledged the pain its controversial 2015 policy caused queer Mormons and their kids, some advocates say.
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Tennessee Bill Would Allow Adoption Groups To Turn Away LGBTQ People
By Kimberlee Kruesi, AP
Under the proposed law, denied applicants wouldn't be able to sue an agency for damages if faith was cited as a reason.
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Pastor Threatens Newspaper While Preaching At South Carolina Megachurch: 'I Cut People'
Hope Carpenter was defending John and Aventer Gray, pastors of Greenville’s Relentless Church, who have been criticized for their expensive lifestyles.
Muslims Invited To Pray Inside Synagogue After Fire Damages Their Mosque
Nearly 600 Muslims prayed inside New York's Central Synagogue last Friday, after being displaced from their own worship space.
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Trump Could Be A Modern-Day Queen Esther: Mike Pompeo
This isn’t the first time Trump has evoked comparisons to Esther, an ancient Jewish queen who risked her life to save her people.
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Catholic Priest Accused Of Groping Woman In Hospice Care During Last Rites
The Texas woman claims Rev. Gerold Langsch assaulted her during a religious ritual and left her feeling like a “nasty, dirty piece of meat.”
Islamophobia Is A Global Crisis -- And It’s Time We View It That Way
Akbar Shahid Ahmed
The attack in New Zealand shows the problem is only getting worse, as anti-Muslim rhetoric has emboldened extremists across the globe.
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How To Fight Islamophobia In America, No Matter Your Faith
The U.S. is no stranger to discrimination against Muslims. Here's how you can fight back.
Australian Senator Blames Muslims For New Zealand Mosque Shooting
Senator and unabashed bigot Fraser Anning once called for a "final solution" for Muslims.
Catholic Diocese Demands Apology After Pete Davidson's R. Kelly Joke
The "Saturday Night Live" comedian equated the church's sex abuse scandal with the singer's in a "Weekend Update" bit.
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