Freedom of religion

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at a roundtable discussion on school choice with Arizona community leaders, educators, parents and students Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. DeVos talked about her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private and charter school students, prior to addressing the American Legislative Exchange Council. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
January 16, 2020 - 1:49 pm
In a bid to solidify his evangelical base, President Donald Trump took steps Thursday to give religious organizations easier access to federal programs and he reaffirmed students' rights to pray in public schools. Under orders from Trump, nine Cabinet departments proposed rules intended to remove “...
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Ramapo police officers escort Grafton Thomas from Ramapo Town Hall to a police vehicle, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Ramapo, N.Y. Thomas is accused of stabbing multiple people as they gathered to celebrate Hanukkah at a rabbi's home in the Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)
December 31, 2019 - 3:27 am
MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A man charged with federal hate crimes Monday in a bloody attack on a Hanukkah celebration had handwritten journals containing anti-Semitic references and had recently used his phone to look up information on Hitler and the location of synagogues, authorities said. Grafton...
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In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 photo, Christians march through the streets to celebrate the birth of Jesus in Khartoum Bahri, Sudan, north of the capital Khartoum. More than eight months after the army forced out long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who upheld harsh interpretations of Islamic laws, Sudanese Christians are hoping for more religious freedom. (AP Photo/Mohamed Okasha)
December 26, 2019 - 6:12 pm
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The Sudanese Christian marchers weaved through bustling markets and traffic-clogged streets wearing “I Love Jesus” T-shirts or colorful traditional robes known as thobes. “Glory to God in the highest. And on Earth, peace, goodwill toward men,” a speaker said. Hymns blared and...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks on human rights in Iran at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
December 19, 2019 - 10:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is imposing sanction s on additional senior Iranian officials for human rights abuses as the Trump administration increases “maximum pressure campaign” on the Tehran government. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the recent violent crackdow n by Iranian...
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A Kashmiri boy plays outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. A call to afternoon prayer has rung out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city for the first time in more than four months, ending a virtual ban on religious practice in the Muslim-majority region’s biggest mosque. The Jamia Masjid was shut Aug. 5 as part of India’s security lockdown after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government stripped Kashmir of its semi-autonomous status. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
December 18, 2019 - 6:01 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A call to afternoon prayer rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city for the first time in more than four months on Wednesday, ending a virtual ban on religious practice in the Muslim-majority region’s biggest mosque. The Jamia Masjid in Srinagar was...
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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil warms up prior the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City, at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)
December 15, 2019 - 2:50 pm
LONDON (AP) — Chinese television pulled coverage of Arsenal's Premier League match against Manchester City on Sunday after Mesut Ozil, a forward for the London club, criticized Beijing's brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the country. China is the Premier League's most lucrative overseas...
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In this Nov. 8, 2019 photo, a lock is seen on the entrance gate of grand Jamia Masjid, the main mosque in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. The centuries-old Jamia Masjid in Srinagar city, apart from hosting the largest Muslim gatherings in disputed Kashmir, is also one of the nerve centers of anti-India protests. Thousands of people congregate here for prayers and Friday sermons at the mosque mainly revolve around the Kashmir conflict. But more than three months have passed and mosque gates continue to remain locked. Following India’s unilateral decision to strip the disputed region’s semiautonomous status in early August, authorities have not allowed any prayers at the mosque as part of their ongoing security clampdown. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
December 10, 2019 - 3:39 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For years Romi Jan’s mornings would begin with the plaintive call to prayer that rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city. The voice soothed her soul and made her feel closer to God. Not anymore. For nearly four months now, the voice that would call...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, leaves a meeting with national intelligence inspector general Michael Atkinson about a whistleblower complaint, at the Capitol in Washington. As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, Rep. Chris Stewart is offering a proposal on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 that aims to achieve both goals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 06, 2019 - 11:52 am
As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to...
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State District Judge Tammy Kemp opens a Bible to John 3:16 before giving it to former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, left, before Guyger left for jail, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas. Guyger, who said she mistook neighbor Botham Jean's apartment for her own and fatally shot him in his living room, was sentenced to a decade in prison. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)
October 03, 2019 - 4:38 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Judges don’t usually hug convicted murderers in the courtroom or hand them Bibles before sending them off to prison. That is what made Judge Tammy Kemp’s actions so extraordinary in the closing moments of the trial of a white former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black...
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U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, left, and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio pose for photographers in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Italy at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe as the push to impeach President Donald Trump gains steam at home. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 02, 2019 - 8:53 am
ROME (AP) — It was supposed to be a day of routine diplomacy, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo couldn't escape the furor back in Washington surrounding the House impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Just before Pompeo toured the Roman Forum, he held a news conference on Wednesday...
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