- Police investigate beating of man outside Dallas-area mosque Updated: May-05-15 3:37 pm
RICHARDSON, Texas - Police say a worshipper leaving a prayer service at a Dallas-area mosque was slightly hurt after being attacked in the parking lot by two men who fled.
- Springfield diocese removes pastor accused of abuse Updated: May-05-15 3:01 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a minor the same year he was ordained has been removed as pastor of four central Illinois parishes.
- Cartoon contest organizer known for inflammatory rhetoric Updated: May-04-15 4:13 pm
NEW YORK - The Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that exploded in violence over the weekend in Texas was organized by Pamela Geller, a New Yorker who rails against Islam with such ferocity that one of the nation's top civil rights groups lists her in its "extremist files."
- Judge: Rowan leaders must stop Christian prayers at meetings Updated: May-04-15 3:50 pm
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - A federal judge ruled Monday that Rowan County commissioners must stop opening their meetings with prayers that almost always referred to Christianity.
- Texas lawmakers attempt to revive religious objections bill Updated: May-04-15 3:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas got a taste Monday of the religious objections issue that drew strong criticism elsewhere, with many church leaders imploring state lawmakers to protect religious freedoms in the name of tolerance but others taking the opportunity to openly decry gay marriage.
- Protests highlight troubles of Ethiopian Jews in Israel Updated: May-04-15 3:08 pm
JERUSALEM - When Israel secretly airlifted waves of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s and 1990s, saving them from war and famine in the Horn of Africa, it was celebrated as a triumphant show of unity for the Jewish people.
- Waterloo-area police working to build bridges with community Updated: May-04-15 10:04 am
WATERLOO, Iowa - Law enforcement officials in the Waterloo area are hoping faith will help build bridges in their relationship with residents.
- Thailand arrests 4, vows crackdown on human traffickers Updated: May-04-15 8:49 am
PADANG BESAR, Thailand - Police arrested three Thai officials and a Myanmar citizen in a crackdown on a long-existing criminal network that smuggles persecuted ethnic Muslims from Myanmar into Thailand and holds them captive in camps where scores have died before they can pay ransoms demanded for their freedom.
- Pastor sued for defamation after labor complaints Updated: May-03-15 6:34 pm
MCMINNVILLE, Oregon - A former parishioner of a McMinnville church who reported his pastor to labor officials for not paying students in a church landscaping business is now suing the pastor for defamation.
- Congressmen to reconsider separate funding for Iraq factions Updated: May-03-15 3:52 pm
BAGHDAD - Congress may reconsider a provision in an upcoming bill funding the training of the Iraqi army that would also send weapons directly to Arab Sunnis and Kurds, a congressman visiting Baghdad said Sunday.
- Ohio police recruit leaves police academy over headscarf ban Updated: May-03-15 1:44 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A Somali-American police recruit who wears a type of headscarf often worn by Muslim women says she left a Columbus police academy over the city police department's rule barring headscarves.
- Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious Updated: May-03-15 11:08 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren't invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin's capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists.
- Angola: Opposition, police dispute fatalities in raid Updated: May-03-15 10:43 am
JOHANNESBURG - Angolan police and opposition politicians are at odds over the exact number of people killed in a raid on a religious sect that believes the world will end in 2015.
- Religious objections turmoil likely to spill into next year Updated: May-03-15 9:49 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's legislative session wrapped up with little talk of this year's biggest controversy, but don't expect the Religious Freedom Restoration Act turmoil to go away.
- Up & Down in Texas politics: Drug testing; 'Jade Helm' fears Updated: May-02-15 11:28 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Are they on drugs? We could soon know if mind-altering substances are to blame for the Legislature's often wacky ways.
- Fallout over religious objections law spurs local ordinances Updated: May-02-15 11:26 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana communities are taking steps to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity after an outcry over a state law that critics charged was anti-gay.
- Republic of Congo gov't bans face veils, sleeping in mosques Updated: May-02-15 10:31 am
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - The Republic of Congo's government is banning women from being fully veiled in public to allow easy identification to prevent extremist violence, the president of the Islamic High Council said.
- Last clergy files released in Los Angeles 8 years after deal Updated: May-01-15 6:52 pm
LOS ANGELES - An attorney for hundreds of sex abuse victims in Los Angeles released the last batch of files Friday kept by the Roman Catholic church on priests accused of molesting children.
- 2 sue priest, nun, Louisville archdiocese on sex abuse claim Updated: May-01-15 5:50 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Two men are suing a priest, the Louisville archdiocese and a Dominican nun, claiming they were sexually abused by the priest in the 1970s and the church failed to protect them.
- Pope stokes flames ahead of US trip even as he ends problems Updated: May-01-15 8:05 am
VATICAN CITY - When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he can expect the same rock-star adulation that greets him wherever he goes. But his positions on hot-button issues such as the death penalty and climate change could quickly set the stage for conflict. That may explain why Francis has been clearing the decks on a host of less high-profile matters of contention that could also have marred the visit.
- Last clergy files released in Los Angeles 8 years after deal Updated: May-01-15 3:06 am
LOS ANGELES - A final batch of clergy sex abuse files is being released in Los Angeles eight years after a record-setting $660 million court settlement was reached with the Roman Catholic archdiocese.
- House OKs GOP measure blocking local DC abortion rights law Updated: Apr-30-15 11:14 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans pushed legislation through the House Thursday that would revoke a District of Columbia law barring discrimination in the city against workers who have abortions, the latest clash pitting claims of religious freedom against reproductive rights.
- Oregon pastor convicted of child molestation Updated: Apr-30-15 9:38 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - The pastor of a small Oregon church community described as cultlike by prosecutors was convicted Thursday of molesting the daughter of a church member in the 1990s and was immediately sentenced to 20 years in prison.
- Texas religious objection bill follows Supreme Court hearing Updated: Apr-30-15 6:26 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The national debate over religious objection laws roiled again Thursday in Texas after Republican lawmakers abruptly pushed a new proposal on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over gay marriage.
- Monsignor headed back to prison on child endangerment charge Updated: Apr-30-15 2:37 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A Roman Catholic church official was sent back to prison Thursday after the state Supreme Court reinstated his 2012 child endangerment conviction over his handling of priest sexual abuse complaints.