President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to extend protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to bar anti-Semitism on college campuses, a move praised by some Jewish groups and criticized by others as an attempt to stifle criticism of Israel.
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By Christopher Vondracek - The Washington Times
Some conservative U.S. Catholics are dismayed by the official schedule for Pope Francis' Vatican summit with bishops on clerical sex abuse that begins Thursday, saying it ignores the root cause of the scandal: gays in the priesthood. Published February 20, 2019
By Yuras Karmanau and Nataliya Vasilyeva - Associated Press
Ukrainian officials on Friday upped the ante in the growing confrontation with Russia, announcing a travel ban for most Russian males and searching the home of an influential cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church. Published November 30, 2018
The mayor of a New Jersey city said Wednesday that authorities believe gunmen targeted a kosher market during a furious shooting that killed six people and filled the streets with the sounds of heavy gunfire for hours just across the Hudson River from New York City.
Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity consistently tops the ratings at his network, typically drawing 3 million nightly viewers who are eager for his take on politics and life in America. Mr. Hannity is also a man of faith and publicly reveals the particulars during an upcoming two-part appearance on Fox Nation, the network's popular on-demand streaming service.
A regional conference of the United Methodist Church has filed a lawsuit to stop Southern Methodist University from severing more than a century of legal ties and property rights over the church's recently reaffirmed opposition to same-sex marriage.
The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a challenge to a Kentucky law mandating ultrasound counseling prior to abortion procedures.
More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due to stresses, challenges and sex abuse scandals complicating their lives and those of their fellow priests across the United States.
For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel.
A Southern California church is using its Nativity scene to attack U.S. border security measures.
A group of House Republicans is backing legislation that would protect LGBTQ people from some forms of discrimination but also provide exceptions for religious groups.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel entered the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz on Friday as she began her first ever visit to the most notorious site of the atrocities that Adolf Hitler's regime inflicted on Europe.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday it is "shameful" for Republicans to issue work requirements for food stamp recipients while they also support tax cuts for "the rich."
A House Republican is calling on the Defense Department to clarify its policy on licensing merchandise, after The Washington Times reported that the Army's trademark office has directed a Christian jeweler to stop engraving Bible verses on replica dog tags.
Hungarian Family Minister Katalin Novak visited Washington this week to promote her country's effort to boost an anemic birthrate by making parenthood at a younger age "trendy, fancy, sexy."
A Texas-based Christian jeweler is challenging the Army's trademark office, which told the company this summer that it no longer can display military insignia and Bible verses on the replica dog tags it has sold to service members since the 9/11 attacks.
First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday visited a Salvation Army center in London to donate toys stamped with her "Be Best" slogan, design Christmas ornaments and decorate wreaths.
Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.
Catholic parishioners in a Minnesota town have run out of options to restore their arson-damaged church now that the state's Supreme Court has rejected their appeal of a lower-court ruling that says the local bishop has no obligation to rehabilitate the historic building.
After she was filmed in a viral undercover video sting, former Planned Parenthood Dr. Savita Ginde fought back, insisting the hidden-camera footage showing her discussing aborted fetal-tissue transactions was "fake," "dubbed," "manipulated" and "spliced and diced."
Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday slammed the left-wing media's "deranged criticism" of first lady Melania Trump's Christmas decorations at the White House.
No sooner had the White House released its Christmas decorations video Sunday than first lady Melania Trump was hit with a blizzard of gleeful media criticism.
Former Washington archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick is being sued by a man who accuses the defrocked former cardinal of sexually abusing him when he was a teenager at a Catholic church in Hackensack, New Jersey, in the 1990s.
Pope Francis has called on Catholics to place Nativity scenes in in conspicuous locations -- from jobs to hospitals -- so that "this custom will never be lost."
A Utah school district has fired a substitute teacher who reportedly went on a homophobic rant after a fifth-grader said he was thankful for his gay fathers.
Amazon said Monday it has removed "Christmas ornaments" and other merchandise bearing the images of Auschwitz that had been available on its online site.
At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes out the window of his high-rise Manhattan office at one of the great symbols of the church, St. Patrick's Cathedral.
First lady Melania Trump on Monday said patriotism and the "Spirit of America" is the theme of this year's White House Christmas display that features ribbons of red, white and blue and a model of U.S. landmarks made of 200 pounds of gingerbread.
A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope.
The Trump administration is backing a Christian school's religious discrimination lawsuit against the state of Maryland, which kicked the school out of a voucher program.
Five years after a gunman stormed the Family Research Council, planning to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his victims' faces, the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated $2,500 to the Southern Poverty Law Center -- the group credited by the shooter with inspiring his attack.
The Girl Scouts released a "reminder" Monday, telling parents to not force their daughters to hug people during the holiday season.
A report commissioned by the Archdiocese of Boston has cleared a seminary of allegations of rampant sexual misconduct and excessive drinking, but notes instances of fraternization and before-meal drinking among seminarians and faculty that could fuel further calls to overhaul Roman Catholic seminaries.
Influential social-conservatives have banded together to urge Chick-fil-A to do an about-face on its decision to stop donating to The Salvation Army.
The watch towers, double-locked doors and video surveillance in the Chinese camps are there "to prevent escapes." Uighurs and other minorities held inside are scored on how well they speak the dominant Mandarin language and follow strict rules on everything down to bathing and using the toilet, scores that determine if they can leave.
Pope Francis traveled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Sunday to demand that world powers renounce their nuclear arsenals, declaring the use and possession of atomic bombs an "immoral" crime and a dangerous waste.
Pope Francis rode in a carbon-free popemobile at his Mass in Nagasaki, an appropriate choice in line with his environmental concerns.
Pope Francis will fulfill his dream to be a missionary in Japan when he arrives for a three-day visit with two main aims: to appeal for nuclear disarmament and minister to a tiny Catholic flock with a rich but bloody history.
Beck Hansen seems to have experienced a spiritual sea change after the acclaimed recording artist distanced himself from the Church of Scientology in an interview published Friday.
Target, Pepsi and T-Mobile are among the most egregious supporters of family unfriendly television programs, according to an end-of-the-year list from a leading TV watchdog.
Evangelist Franklin Graham said Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy personally assured him that the company "remains committed to Christian values" after sparking backlash this week for ending donations to several Christian charities.
Two impoverished Mississippi men who say they were sexually assaulted by Franciscan missionaries filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming that Catholic officials pressured them into signing settlements that paid them little money and required them to remain silent about the alleged abuse.
Christians in India's Punjab province this week asked authorities to prosecute a fellow Christian for cutting a birthday cake in the design of a Bible.
More than two-thirds of Americans hold generally favorable views of religious liberty, according to an index tracking one of the nation's oldest civil rights.
A Catholic charity has sued California for blocking the opening of its refuge for sex-trafficking victims, saying the state would not license the shelter because of the charity's religious beliefs.
Two Ohio Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban abortion and require women who undergo the procedure to be imprisoned.
The American Medical Association will begin developing legislation to ban so-called reparative, or conversion, therapy for LGBTQ individuals, characterizing the practice as harmful and scientifically unfounded.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to halt prayer at public schools in Smith County, Tennessee.
Most Americans support holding abortion clinics to the same health-and-safety standards as hospitals, an issue rising to the forefront as blue-state legislatures seek to lower requirements while red states seek to raise them.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by a Christian school that accuses Maryland officials of kicking it out of a voucher program because of the school's belief in traditional marriage.
Chick-fil-A will stop future donations to The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes following years of backlash from the LGBTQ community.
Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he's no longer in the service to fame and money but "in service to God."
A jury in San Francisco on Friday ordered that undercover pro-life activists must pay $1.2 million in damages for surreptitiously filming and publishing videos of Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue sales.
A high-ranking leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Friday the church severed its century-long tie with the Boy Scouts of America because the organization made changes that pushed it away from the church.
A Christian-owned publisher has refused to print a University of South Alabama magazine that includes stories about LGBTQ students and drag queens, saying the issue's content conflicts with its religious values.
The Justice Department has decided not to appeal a court ruling that requires the government to facilitate illegal-immigrant teens getting abortions in the U.S., defying President Trump's pro-life allies who had been calling for a fight all the way to the Supreme Court.
As a former colleague from President Trump's 2016 campaign delivered damning testimony in the perjury trial of right-wing gadfly Roger Stone, the accused sat quietly at the defense table and did something no one expected: He read the Bible.
A federal appeals court this week overturned a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit that accuses Florida officials of violating the religious freedom of two Christian high schools seeking to read a prayer over a loudspeaker before their championship football game.
About 100 students at an Oregon high school walked out of classes last week in support of the LGBTQ community after they said a series of events made students feel unsafe, including the presence of a Chick-fil-A food truck at home football games.
A Minnesota school district apologized this week after a video went viral showing cafeteria workers throwing out student's hot meals because they had lunch debt with the school.
A Texas family was shocked when their homeowners' association sent them a letter recently telling them to take down their holiday decorations because they were put out too soon.
Pope Francis is demanding that Facebook, Apple, Google and other tech companies urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and to prevent children from accessing pornography online.
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In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction.
Several years ago during a visit to the United States, President Xi Jinping was interviewed by a Chinese national living in the United States. After the interview, Mr. Xi asked a single question of this reporter — not about his family, not about his studies, not about whether he enjoyed living in America — the one question he asked was "Why do so many Chinese students studying in the United States become Christians?"
George Barna, in his book "What Americans Believe," points out that 87 percent of non-Christians and 77 percent of self-described born-again Christians agreed with the statement "People are basically good." Our culture by and large has discarded the idea of original sin.
Just when you think things couldn't be more upside down, Hillary Clinton declares that only one side is to blame for the vast cultural divide in America.
This past week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed socialist, won the Democratic primary for a congressional seat in New York. Why would a sane person advocate a political movement that was responsible for well over a hundred million deaths in the last century, as well as untold misery? By her comments, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez revealed a couple of things about herself. The first is an ignorance of history — because it is unlikely that she really meant to be an advocate for a cause that often results in mass death and destruction — and that she is unable to think beyond stage 1, or the first order effect of a policy.
Seven justices of the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was unconstitutionally biased against the religious beliefs of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop.
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More than 1,000 children -- and possible many more -- were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday.
It is fashionable in some circles to purge the presence of God from everyday life, whether it's by banning religious images or language in public places, or media coverage that implies that faith-based anything is not inclusive. Such thinking is not new. In 1966, Time Magazine published an edition titled "Is God Dead?" -- suggesting that the faith was wavering, and the U.S. was on a path to secularization.
The Bible remains a fixture in American culture and lifestyle according to the "State of the Bible" survey, an annual poll conducted by the Barna Group, a California-based research organization, and the American Bible Society.
The Supreme Court vacated a state ruling Monday that found Barronelle Stutzman, the 73-year-old owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, violated state law by refusing to service a same-sex wedding ceremony.
President Trump is hosting his first Iftar dinner Wednesday night at the White House to mark one of the religious observances of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a gesture that was met with surprise and criticism among some U.S. Muslims.
The Christian baker at the center of Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling in a religious-liberty case said Tuesday on the "Today" show that he was "thrilled" with the outcome.
The Supreme Court held Monday a Christian baker's religious liberty was violated when Colorado's Civil Rights Commission penalized him for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
A federal court has ruled that printing "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency doesn't amount to a religious endorsement and therefore doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution.
First lady Melania Trump rolled out an agenda Monday that focused on enhancing the well-being of children, soldiering on in her duties against one of the Washington press corps' most hostile receptions for a first lady and rabid news coverage of the president's alleged infidelity with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating a White House office on faith initiatives that will help to ensure religious groups have access to government funding.
For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change.
Cecile Richards received a hero's send-off on her last day as president of Planned Parenthood, but pro-life activists say her uncompromising stance on abortion and alliance with the Democratic Party have left the organization on shaky ground.
Babies born using assisted reproductive technology increased in 2016, with 71,296 births counted from the efforts of 377 clinics in the U.S., according to preliminary data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.