NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Spell already faces misdemeanor charges for holding in-person church services despite the ban on gatherings.
(RNS) — Just as religious entities must abide by building codes, churches, mosques and synagogues must follow public health orders.
CENTRAL, La. (AP) — Pastor Tony Spell has confirmed that he is facing misdemeanor charges, but said the summons wasn't deterring him.
(RNS) — The worry that Barr might impose his private religious views on federal matters has apparently been overblown.
HOT SPRINGS, N.C. (RNS) — As the religious left exerts an unaccustomed influence on politics, this Christian festival has begun to draw recognizable names, including presidential candidates.
KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) — Pentecostal pastors in Uganda vow to fight new rules that would require clergy to have formal theological education and would force all churches to register or close down. The proposed policy mimics similar rules enacted in Rwanda in 2018.
PARIS (RNS) — A thriving English-speaking Catholic parish in Paris finds itself in the middle of angry protests against the government.
KIGALI, Rwanda (RNS) — An estimated 8,000 churches and 100 mosques have been closed in what some say is a human rights violation, but which the government defends as a move to require clergy to meet modest standards for education.
(RNS) — In the direction of accommodation, but it's hard to say how far.
(RNS) —The governor of Bavaria in southern Germany has ordered that Christian crosses be displayed at the entrances to government buildings across his state. The measure, designed to woo conservative voters away from the burgeoning anti-immigrant AfD party, has drawn criticism from church and state alike.
(RNS) — The Satanic Temple, which claims it has 100,000 members around the world, has become a vocal defender of religious freedom.
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) — Those who study the issue say it's hard to tell exactly how such rules governing adoption affect the numbers of children placed in 'forever' homes.
McKINNEY, Texas (RNS) — The controversy has been simmering since last summer when a school superintendent prayed at a pulpit adorned with a Christian cross — during a mandatory school employee meeting at a church.
(RNS) — Vouchers primarily fund private religious schools. That means they take taxpayer money collected from everyone and use it to pay for the religious education of a few. No one should be compelled to fund the religious education of another.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Trump also praised first responders, tireless teachers and hard-working parents in a shift from his speech to the annual event last year, in which he boasted of his reality show ratings and vowed to 'totally destroy' the Johnson Amendment.