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Emily Wagster Pettus

Emily Wagster Pettus is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Emily Wagster Pettus

Justice Department takes church’s side in 1st Amendment suit

By Emily Wagster Pettus, Colleen Long, and Michael Balsamo — April 15, 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — Church officials believe they have been singled out for their religion after members were ticketed $500 for attending services.

Survivors demand US investigation of Mississippi abuse deals

By Michael Rezendes and Emily Wagster Pettus — August 30, 2019
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Catholic sex abuse survivors in Mississippi and Wisconsin demanded that federal authorities investigate allegations from three black Mississippi men who say they were molested by Franciscan friars during the mid-1990s.

Civil rights legend Meredith says he’s on a mission from God

By Emily Wagster Pettus — July 20, 2018
(AP) — A maverick of the civil rights movement who integrated the University of Mississippi and worked for Sen. Jesse Helms, Meredith says black people must lead the way for Christians of all races to have spiritual healing.
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