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Stories with subject: Religious issues
  • Court: Religious jobs exempt from some labor laws 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:31 pm
  • LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Religious institutions in Kentucky may hire and fire people from strictly ecclesiastical jobs as they see fit, but could face legal action if an employment contract is involved, the Kentucky Supreme Court rules Thursday.

  • US decries anti-Semitic leaflets in Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:27 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday condemned as "grotesque" the distribution of leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences. U.S. officials also denounced other instances of religious intolerance that are inflaming tensions the crisis in Ukraine and said no such behavior could be tolerated.

  • Ky. jury says ex-priest should serve 15 years 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:07 pm
  • LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A jury says a former Catholic priest stricken with late-stage cancer should serve a 15-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a teenage boy at a Louisville church in the early 1970s.

  • Openings begin in US trial of Egyptian preacher 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:34 am
  • NEW YORK - The imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial.

  • Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:14 am
  • St. Cloud Times, April 16

  • Former vicar general deposed in priest abuse case 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:28 am
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A former vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has answered questions under oath about how he handled sexual abuse allegations.

  • Man charged with stealing from church, school 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:05 am
  • VAN BUREN, Arkansas - Police in Van Buren have arrested a man for allegedly embezzling $94,000 from a church and a school where he handled the organizations' finances.

  • "X-Men" director accused of sex abuse in lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:25 am
  • HONOLULU - A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii.

  • Bill Nye says he underestimated debate's impact 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:55 pm
  • LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye said he underestimated the impact of a February debate in Kentucky on evolution and creationism that drew a massive online audience.

  • Supreme Court hears school tax credit challenge 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:50 pm
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - Supporters of an education tax credit program that offers scholarships to private and religious schools in New Hampshire packed the Supreme Court chambers for arguments on the constitutionality of the law.

  • Crosses displayed in Ohio village challenged 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:25 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter on a tiny eastern Ohio village's municipal building.

  • Va. justices hear former Dem activist's appeal 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:49 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - The Virginia Supreme Court heard competing arguments Wednesday on whether a judge erred in conducting a single trial for a former Democratic Party official charged with molesting three children.

  • Session to elect Lebanon president on April 23 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:14 am
  • BEIRUT - Lebanon's parliament speaker on Wednesday called for a meeting to elect a new president on April 23, kicking off what is expected to be a lengthy and fiercely contested vote for the country's top Christian post amid regional unrest.

  • Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:32 am
  • CAIRO - In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who accused him of criticizing a recent mass death sentence issued against supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

  • SW Iowa pastor pleads not guilty to abuse charge 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:54 pm
  • SIDNEY, Iowa - A southwest Iowa pastor has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually abused a 5-year-old girl.

  • Church: No evidence of abuse by reinstated priest 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:39 pm
  • CHICAGO - The Archdiocese of Chicago has returned a priest to active ministry after the Cook County Sheriff's Department concluded there's no evidence the man sexually abused a minor nearly 20 years ago.

  • Cancer-stricken ex-priest on trial for sex abuse 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:25 pm
  • LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - As testimony began in a long-delayed trial against former Catholic priest James Schook, a witness said Tuesday that he had numerous sexual encounters with Schook, beginning at age 13, at a Louisville church in the 1970s.

  • Ohio school board debates sexual orientation rule 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:28 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board.

  • AC Transit officer accused of stealing from church 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:25 am
  • OAKLAND, California - Prosecutors say the chief financial officer for the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than a half-million dollars from his East Oakland church.

  • Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:55 am
  • BEIJING - His head covered in a black hood, lawyer Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The handcuffs behind him were jerked upward and soon he was dangling in the air.

  • ACLU seeks to oppose diocese in birth control suit 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 8:13 pm
  • CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to enter a pending federal lawsuit to argue against Roman Catholic organizations in Wyoming that are trying to block the birth-control coverage requirement in the federal health care overhaul.

  • UN to grill Vatican again on clergy sex abuse 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:16 pm
  • NEW YORK - A second U.N. committee plans to question Vatican officials on failures to stop clergy sex abuse.

  • Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 12:41 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Monday honored those killed in a weekend attack at two Jewish facilities in Kansas, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers.

  • Motion says Alamo ministries properties gutted 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 2:04 pm
  • TEXARKANA, Arkansas - Attorneys for two men who are owed $30 million from a civil judgment against convicted evangelist Tony Alamo say properties owned by Alamo's ministry have been stripped by his followers since a federal judge ordered that the properties be sold to help pay the debt.

  • 'Running priest' in Philippines campaigns for poor 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 3:46 am
  • MANILA, Philippines - As the band of protesters approached a red stoplight, a cry went up from the priest leading them: "Run! Run! Run!"