David Crary

David Crary is an author at Religion News Service.

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Ahead of High Holidays, US Jewish leaders stress need for security vigilance as antisemitism surges

By David Crary — September 14, 2023
(AP) — Over recent years — in the face of increased antisemitic threats and violence — the High Holiday season also is a time of heightened vigilance.

Some critics see Trump’s behavior as un-Christian. His conservative Christian backers see a hero

By David Crary — July 24, 2023
(AP) — Certain achievements during Trump’s presidency – notably appointments that shifted the Supreme Court to the right – have solidified that support.

Military hospital chided for shift in Catholic pastoral care

By David Crary — April 14, 2023
(AP) — Walter Reed said it notified the Franciscans in March that their contract would not be renewed, and that another bidder for the new contract had been selected — secular defense contractor Mack Global LLC.

Across vast Muslim world, LGBTQ people remain marginalized

By David Crary, Mariam Fam, and Edna Tarigan — December 6, 2022
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — LGBTQ people routinely are rejected by their families, denounced by Islamic authorities and limited to clandestine social lives.

Faculty, students sue Christian school over LGBTQ hiring ban

By David Crary — September 12, 2022
(AP) – A group of 16 students, faculty and staff at the Christian Seattle Pacific University sued the leaders of the school's board of trustees for an employment policy barring people in same-sex relationships from full-time jobs.

Catholic hospitals’ growth impacts reproductive health care

By David Crary and Susan Haigh — July 25, 2022
PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — Concerns in blue states pertain to such services as contraception, sterilization and certain procedures for handling pregnancy emergencies.

Zoroastrians confront depletion of their ancient faith

By David Crary — July 1, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — SOAS University’s Almut Hintze, a professor of Zoroastrianism, has described the global community as “microscopically small” and worries about the decline of Parsis in India.

After Roe’s demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

By David Crary and Holly Meyer — June 27, 2022
(AP) — Views on abortions are not just polarizing within denominations; the divisions span the religious landscape.

Some Catholic abortion foes are uneasy about overturning Roe

By David Crary — May 13, 2022
(AP) — Some anti-abortion Catholics caution that Catholic leaders should distance themselves from the politically partisan wing of the anti-abortion movement.

Russia-Ukraine war: Some pastors wonder about ‘end of days’

By David Crary — March 14, 2022
(AP) — A 'Rapture Index' — on which any reading above 160 means “Fasten your seatbelts” — was raised this week to 187, close to its record high of 189 in 2016.

Rejection or welcome: Transgender Catholics encounter both

By David Crary — February 27, 2022
(AP) — A small but growing number of parishes have formed LGBTQ support groups and welcome transgender people on their own terms.

Comments renew debate over adoption as abortion alternative

By David Crary and John Hanna — December 31, 2021
(AP) — Discussion of adoption as an alternative to abortion intensified when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over a law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks.

Tutu’s advocacy for LGBTQ rights did not sway most of Africa

By David Crary — December 29, 2021
(AP) — Even within his own denomination, the Anglican Communion, there has been no continentwide embrace of LGBTQ rights.

Across US, houses of worship struggle to rebuild attendance

By David Crary — December 20, 2021
(AP) — When Westminster United Methodist Church in Houston resumed in-person services late last year, after a seven-month halt due to COVID-19, there were Sundays when only three worshippers showed up.

Conflict over abortion laws won’t abate if Roe v. Wade falls

By David Crary — November 22, 2021
On both sides of America’s abortion debate, activists are convinced that Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion — is imperiled as never before. Yet no matter how the current conservative-dominated court handles pending high-profile abortion cases — perhaps weakening Roe, perhaps gutting it completely — there […]
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