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By PAUL SCHEMM - Associated Press
The people are restive, the priesthood is scheming and a fanatic band of insurgents known as the zealots are plotting assassinations - and now to make matters worse, the body of a condemned cult-leader known as Jesus has disappeared from the tomb, apparently following some ancient prophecy. Published March 31, 2015
The woman who won the nation's first gay marriage lawsuit has been tapped to represent gay couples from four states when the issue goes to the Supreme Court in April.
Indiana actually provides more LGBT anti-discrimination protection than most other states with Religious Freedom Restoration Act measures, contrary to the narrative pushed by critics of Indiana's newly signed law.
It's sobering to realize that it's only been 95 years since the first woman legally cast her ballot in an American presidential election.
A recent ruling from the Supreme Court to clarify workplace protections for pregnant women will help remedy some of the pressure placed on working women to abort rather than continue pregnancies, pro-life legal experts say.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays.
In a story March 27 about a 'Little Syria' exhibit going to Ellis Island, The Associated Press, due to incorrect information from the Arab American National Museum, erroneously reported the date the exhibit will open. It opens Oct. 1, 2016, not Oct. 1 of this year.
The mother of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes feels guilty for not knowing her son was mentally ill and needed treatment, she wrote in a book of prayers and reflections compiled since the 2012 attack.
The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were crystal clear on the priority of religious liberty.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending his decision to sign a bill that aims to protect religious liberties, but it has sparked an intense backlash from opponents who fear it opens the door for discrimination — particularly against gays and lesbians.
In a move that could heighten the hurdles faced by states attempting to execute prisoners, a leading association for U.S. pharmacists has officially discouraged its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections.
A throng of likely Republican presidential contenders came to the defense Monday of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's signing of the state's religious-freedom law, signaling a sharp contrast with Democrats on an issue that could extend into the 2016 race.
Elected officials in Connecticut and Illinois throwing stones at Indiana's religious freedom law are running up against those who say they live in glass houses.
The Rev. Frank Pavone, a pro-life leader, was one of the few able to visit Terri Schiavo in the final days of her life 10 years ago as she lay in a hospital bed, fixed to a feeding tube, the subject of an intense national debate over euthanasia.
In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on the Family to issue a "clear and firm" proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.
Churches using New York City public school facilities for worship services are in limbo after the Supreme Court declined to review their case against a city prohibition on their doing so.
A new TV show is set to focus on the grandchildren of a couple who lost six kids in a 1994 van crash that was linked to the investigation and conviction of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan.
After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country's most beautiful and historic places, though it also suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that's aging and mostly white.
Indiana's two top lawmakers said Monday that they would craft a change to the state's new religious freedom law to make clear that it would not be used to discriminate against anyone.
There is no question anymore about the commercial value of biblical dramas.
The last Passover matzos have rolled out of a century-old bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side - a neighborhood that's been dubbed the "Jewish Plymouth Rock."
Alcohol is involved in 50 percent of homicides, 30 percent of motor vehicle deaths and 50 percent of drownings.
A Massachusetts church that can trace its roots to the Pilgrims has been damaged by a fire police say was arson.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray plans to sign a executive order this week banning all city-funded travel to Indiana in protest against the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business.
Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children are headed to court in their battle over the late comedian's estate.
Proposed changes in abortion law in Morocco could have wide repercussions for women around the region.
Almost a year after the terror group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian school girls, humanitarian workers are fighting what they call global inaction in the face of the humanitarian crisis.
'Indiana Governor Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill At Private Ceremony," blared the headline in the Huffington Post. "Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law," screamed National Public Radio. "Indiana's Pence tries to defend new anti-gay measure," barked MSNBC. "Pence: Indiana 'not going to change' anti-LGBT law," bellowed CNN.
First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.
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The Indiana law, which was fashioned on the federal version, is being called anti-gay and discriminatory against gays, and it has drawn heckles from the likes of NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, ESPN mouth-man Keith Olbermann and former "Star Trek" actor George Takei. The mayor of Seattle wants to prohibit city workers from traveling to Indiana. In light of that and more, here are five things about religion and gay rights that you need to know:
Let's begin with a simple multiple choice question. The "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" that just became law in Indiana was inspired by similar legislation passed by which of the following duos?
The great conundrum of the U.S. economy today is that we have record numbers of working-age Americans out of the labor force at the same time we have businesses desperately trying to find workers. For example, the American Transportation Research Institute estimates there are about 35,000 trucker jobs that could be filled tomorrow if workers would take these jobs — a shortage that could rise to 240,000 by 2022.
Abortion advocates in Congress and in state legislatures claim that abortions are "safe." Yet numerous, long-standing problems at the state and federal level illustrate that the abortion data collection and reporting system in the United States is haphazard and dysfunctional, making assertions about "abortion safety" unreliable.
Ted Cruz, a first-term senator from Texas who wants to be president, has a simple plan: Be Christian — and talk about it a lot — and channel Ronald Reagan.
The ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims.
Turn on the news and you expect to see people of different races and politics denouncing each other. That's why what happened last week on "The Kelly File," Megyn Kelly's Fox News program, was so remarkable.
In a time when the most basic truths and institutions are under relentless attack, it should hearten many to know that a gargantuan cultural counterstrike is taking shape in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol dome.
We traveled to Guatemala to learn how the U.S. government and nonprofit organizations like CARE are expanding access to health services and education.
By an almost 2-1 margin, Americans in a recent poll declared they agree that "States and citizens should remain free to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and the Supreme Court shouldn't force all 50 states to redefine marriage."
Recently, I was temporarily placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's watch list for extremism simply because I vocally support traditional marriage. I remember thinking: When did advocating for lifelong love between one man and one woman become a hate crime? Fortunately, the group saw the folly of its ways and apologized, removing me from the list.
The graphic pictures of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive by militants from the Islamic State, or ISIS, were chilling and raised doubts about the humanity of the Islamic terrorists capable of such barbarism. This coupled with beheadings and crucifixions gives us a better understanding of the evil we, along with the rest of the world, are facing.
The Grammys made domestic violence a focus. But until politicians, sports leagues and performers begin tackling the pornography behemoth head on, it's hard to take this crusade seriously.
There has been much debate recently over vaccination mandates, particularly in response to the measles outbreak currently taking place throughout the country.
It is Black History Month, and as people reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans over many decades, many agree that "more can be done" to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.
There are places that are holy in American history: Gettysburg and Shiloh. Lexington and Concord. Ground Zero in Manhattan. To this list, Americans need to add Selma, Alabama.