Religious issues

FILE - In a February 2015 file photo, Namee Barakat hugs a female relative during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., about the death of his son, Deah, his daughter-in-law and her sister. Barakat said the death penalty "would not be enough" for Craig Hicks, the man charged with murdering the three Muslim students. Hicks is expected to enter a plea Wednesday, June 12, 2019, more than four years after the slayings, which the victims’ families blamed on bigotry.(AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)
June 12, 2019 - 6:47 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Moments after a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to gunning down three Muslim university students, a prosecutor played a cellphone video of the slayings in court Wednesday as one of the victims' relatives fainted, others wept and a man cursed the confessed killer openly. Craig...
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J. D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, speaks during an Executive Committee plenary meeting at the Southern Baptist Convention on Monday, June 10, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. ( Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
June 11, 2019 - 3:36 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention opened a national meeting Tuesday that was expected to be dominated by discussion of a large-scale sex-abuse crisis . Delegates were expected to adopt new abuse prevention measures and consider a proposal making it easier to expel churches...
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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, right, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, accompanied by Jose Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles, make a gesture before the morning prayer during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2019 Spring meetings in Baltimore, Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
June 11, 2019 - 2:18 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops convened a high-stakes meeting Tuesday under pressure to confront the ever-widening child sexual abuse crisis that has disillusioned many churchgoers. A key question at the four-day gathering: How willing are the bishops to give lay experts a...
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In this June 4, 2019, photo, Dana Nessel, Attorney General of Michigan, listens to a question from reporters in Detroit. Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Texas to Michigan this month, attorneys general are sifting through "secret" files, nondisclosure agreements between the church and families, heart wrenching letters from parents begging for action, priests' own psychiatric evaluations. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
June 11, 2019 - 1:42 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2013, file photo, members of the militant Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) shout slogan during a demonstration in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Islamic Defenders Front, better known for vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution, has over the past decade and a half repurposed its militia into a force that's as adept at searching for victims buried under earthquake rubble and distributing aid as it is at inspiring fear. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)
June 11, 2019 - 1:34 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Islamic Defenders Front is perhaps best known for its vigilante actions against gays, Christmas decorations and prostitution. But over the past 15 years it has repurposed its militia into a force that's as adept at searching for victims buried under earthquake...
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CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE GROUP TO THE MYSTIC SEVEN SISTERS INSTEAD OF THE VOODOO PRIESTESSES - A group called The Mystic Seven Sisters participates in a funeral precession for Leah Chase from St. Peter Claver Church to her restaurant "Dooky Chase's" in New Orleans, Monday, June 10, 2019. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds of admirers who filed through the church on Monday to pay last respects to Leah Chase, the "Queen of Creole Cuisine" who ran a family restaurant where civil rights strategies were discussed over gumbo and fried chicken in the 1950s and '60s. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 10, 2019 - 11:44 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For celebrated Creole chef Leah Chase, the goodbye had all the ingredients of a typical New Orleans sendoff: warm reminiscences and mourning mixed with a Mardi Gras-style celebration of her life. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds who filed through a...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2019 file photo, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo presides over a Mass of Ordination for seven candidates for the priesthood at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston. On June 4, The Associated Press reported on a Houston woman's allegations that DiNardo mishandled her case alleging sexual and financial misconduct by his deputy. The archdiocese say it "categorically rejects" the story as biased and one-sided. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
June 09, 2019 - 11:25 am
As the Roman Catholic church's sex abuse scandal grows ever wider in scope in the U.S., bishops convene for a national meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday under heavy pressure to acknowledge their oversight failures and give a larger role to lay Catholics and secular authorities in confronting the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018 file photo, rape survivor and abuse victim advocate Mary DeMuth speaks during a rally protesting the Southern Baptist Convention's treatment of women outside the convention's annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the Southern Baptist Convention gathers for its annual national meeting with one sobering topic _ sex abuse by clergy and staff _ overshadowing all others. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
June 09, 2019 - 5:29 am
The Southern Baptist Convention gathers for its annual national meeting Tuesday with one sobering topic — sex abuse by clergy and staff — overshadowing all others. Inside the meeting hall in Birmingham, Alabama, delegates representing the nation's largest Protestant denomination will likely vote on...
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The exterior of a La Luz del Mundo church branch is seen Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. California's top prosecutor said Thursday that he believes there are more victims of child sex abuse than those listed in charges against the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo and several followers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
June 07, 2019 - 11:53 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Remarks by the California attorney general regarding the arrest of the leader of a Mexico-based megachurch charged with human trafficking and child rape may have tainted a potential jury, defense attorneys said Friday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke at a news conference...
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Muslims pray inside the first state-funded mosque in Athens on Friday, June 7, 2019. After years of delays, the government agreed to build the mosque in an industrial area of Athens to serve the city's Muslim migrant community. Education and Religion Minister Kostas Gavroglou said that the mosque will open latest Sept. 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
June 07, 2019 - 8:56 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's education and religion minister says the country's long-delayed first state-sponsored mosque is likely to begin operating in September, about three years after its construction was approved by parliament. Kostas Gavroglou spoke Friday during a visit to the nearly...
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