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Cracker Barrel Bans Church Event Over Pastor's LGBTQ Execution Remarks
The restaurant chain said it would not host an event by a Tennessee pastor who made death threats against gays.
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Quebec Draws Challenge After Banning Many Public Workers From Wearing Religious Garb
Many officials including teachers and cops won’t be able to wear hijabs, kippas or other religious symbols on the job, thanks to Quebec’s new Bill 21.
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How Elyse Ambrose Found Her Queerness Through Her Faith
A former reverend and sex ethicist, Ambrose is teaching the LGBTQ folk how to reconcile their sexuality with their spirituality.
Ex-Pastor Who Supported Texas Anti-Abortion Bill Accused Of Child Sex Abuse
A Houston-area Southern Baptist church said it has excommunicated Stephen Bratton, who is accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative.
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Tennessee DA Probed After Anti-Muslim, Homophobic Comments
Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott has refused calls to resign or apologize.
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Southern Baptists Take Steps To Confront Racism, Sex Abuse Crisis
Delegates at the SBC's national meeting in Alabama made it clear that churches can be expelled from the denomination for racism or mishandling abuse allegations.
PETA Tweets Against A Muslim Holiday's Ritual, But Gets Its Facts Wrong
The organization, tweeting about the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, mischaracterizes the holiday and its traditions.
Stunning Photos Show Eid al-Fitr Celebrations Around The World
From India to Thailand to Jerusalem, Muslims around the world marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan with food, family and festivities.
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Woman Says Catholic Priest Seduced Her During Counseling And Church Failed To Act
By Nicole Winfield, AP
Laura Pontikes says she feels betrayed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo after coming forward with claims that a Catholic priest manipulated her into a sexual relationship during a vulnerable point in her life.
Pastor Tells 'Hurt' Churchgoers He Stands By His Prayer For Trump
Rev. David Platt said it was not his intent "to endorse the president, his policies, or his party" with the prayer.
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Rhode Island Bishop Warns Catholics To Avoid Pride Events Because Of 'Harm To Children'
Furious critics on Twitter can't stand the hypocrisy.
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Kirsten Gillibrand: The GOP Is Not Driven By Faith
The 2020 candidate, a Catholic, said the Republican Party's policies don't line up with the Gospel's commands to serve the poor and the sick.
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Leaked Emails Prove Top Catholic Officials Knew Ex-Cardinal Slept With Seminarians
Despite restrictions imposed by the Vatican, Theodore McCarrick was allowed to rise in the ranks and play prominent diplomatic roles under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.
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Franklin Graham Calls For 'Day Of Prayer' To Shield Trump From Enemies
Trump's "enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency,” the evangelical preacher said.
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America's Largest Evangelical Protestant Denomination Is Continuing To Lose Members
By Travis Loller, AP
The Southern Baptist Convention is reporting a decline in membership and baptisms for the twelfth year in a row.
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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.
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