In a report released Wednesday detailing his institution's history of support for slavery and segregation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler said the school did not plan on renaming iconic campus buildings named in honor of its slaveholding founders. But a prominent evangelical black theologian and podcaster is now using the report's issuance as an occasion to call for the institution to provide "free tuition" for its black students.
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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 Boy Scouts of America may file for bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
An 11-year-old in Delaware who shares the same last name as President Trump has been the target of relentless bullying at school, his parents told local media this week.
Former Secretary of States Hillary Clinton and John Kerry were in Twitter's top trending stories on Wednesday -- for their Bollywood dance skills.
Pope Francis, showing once again his willingness to rock sacred cows, is expected to approve a change in the translation of the Lord's Prayer, the famous biblical petition recited daily by billions of worshipers.
Three-fourths of Americans agree that Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, says a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted the same week that a Nebraska elementary school principal banned Christmas in her school, right down to candy canes, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, the colors red and green and "Elf on the Shelf" items.
The Church of England has issued pastoral guidance to its clergy on affirming the gender identity of its parishioners, the BBC reported Tuesday.
The Supreme Court on Monday denied to take up appeals from two states, which sought to ban women's clinic Planned Parenthood from participating in the Medicaid program.
William Barr, the man President Trump plans to nominate as his the new attorney general, believed the 1973 Roe decision establishing a national right to abortion was wrongly decided and should be overturned, he told senators in a 1991 hearing.
A Nebraska elementary school principal was placed on administrative leave this week after she sent out an unauthorized memo banning a slew of Christmas-related items, including candy canes, which she claimed are shaped like a "J" for Jesus Christ.
Illegal immigration ticked up in November, but the number of those people traveling as families shattered records, Homeland Security reported Thursday, saying it's proof that migrants have figured out how to game the flawed U.S. immigration system.
Steven Spielberg says he believes now is a better time than ever to re-release his 1993 blockbuster hit "Schindler's List" in the face of rising "collective hate" in the President Trump-era.
The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.
A semitrailer heading the wrong way on an interstate collided head-on with a school bus carrying members of an Illinois high school girls' basketball team, killing the truck driver and an adult on the bus, authorities said Thursday.
Philippine immigration authorities say they have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote central town in a case one official described as "shocking and appalling."
A Honduran woman affiliated with a caravan of Central American migrants has given birth on U.S. soil shortly after entering the country illegally.
For atheist and secular rights groups, the holiday season has become the busiest time of the year as they ring in the winter solstice by taking on public Christmas and Hanukkah displays seen as violating church-state separation.
A high school teacher in New Mexico is now out of a job after students accused her of cutting a female Native American student's hair and calling another a "bloody Indian" during a Halloween-themed assignment in October.
The teacher for a class in New Hampshire in which students were videotaped singing about the Ku Klux Klan to the tune of "Jingle Bells" has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Brazilian doctors are reporting the world's first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.
Pediatricians are telling parents to go old school in buying gifts for children this holiday season and focus on simple toys that stimulate creativity instead of complicated gadgets.
A 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be - his little brother.
The president of the gay dating app Grindr is trying to clarify comments he made in a recent social media post that appeared to suggest he opposed same-sex marriage.
The New York Police Department is investigating a possible hate crime after a Jewish professor who teaches the Holocaust at Columbia University's Teachers College found swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs spray-painted on the walls of her office on Wednesday.
The Central Americans surging into the U.S. and claiming asylum look a lot more like regular illegal immigrants, eager for better jobs or to reunite with families, than traditional refugees fleeing persecution or violence back home, according to a new report Wednesday that challenges conventional wisdom on the migrants' motives.
A group of mostly Catholic and Protestant feminists have teamed up to publish "A Women's Bible" for the #MeToo era.
Administrators at a Virginia high school have apologized for a plan to have the Pledge of Allegiance said in different languages by students.
In what has become an annual holiday tradition, first lady Melania Trump was needled Monday by the media for her decorations, in this case the crimson Christmas trees lining the White House East colonnade.
Even as the Women's March celebrates progressive gains in the Nov. 6 elections and prepares for its third annual march on Washington Jan. 19, the future of the 2-year-old protest behemoth has never been more in doubt.
Christmas has arrived at the White House. First lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2018 White House holiday decor on Monday. Mrs. Trump designed the decor, which features a theme of "American Treasures."
Indian authorities have been struggling to figure out how to get the remains of John Allen Chau, who was killed by North Sentinel islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his body on the beach.
Jeremy Morris won his four-year fight with his homeowners association over his Christmas light display after a jury ruled he was facing religious discrimination -- but Mr. Morris appears to be losing the broader war.
An American preacher who sought out a remote Indian tribe of North Sentinel Island was killed by arrows.
The Air Force has granted its first ever religious accommodation beard waiver to a Muslim airman.
Let's face it: Sometimes Thanksgiving dinner with all the relatives you haven't seen since the last one can seem like a meal from hell -- a moveable feast complete with fights over politics, football and who gets the last drumstick.
The House imposed a rule in the mid-1800s requiring members to remain "uncovered" while the chamber was in session, effectively barring them from wearing a hat in the august body.
A Louisiana school board violated the state's open meetings law by ejecting a teacher who spoke out against giving the superintendent a $30,000 raise, a state judge has ruled.
A high school in northwestern England is banning students from wearing expensive coats in an effort to be more "inclusive" of those who come from low-income backgrounds.
High school football enrollment has dropped 6.6 percent in the past 10 years, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, and the total number of players decreased by 20,320 from 2016 to 2017.
Movie director Sean Anders wants nothing less than to "change the narrative about foster care" with his new family comedy-drama.
The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it plans to ban flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes, and restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, saying the U.S. must reverse a ballooning "epidemic" of teen use.
One doesn't have to be Roman Catholic or even Christian to recognize the great good the Catholic Church has done. America would be worse off were it not its pro-life stance and numerous acts of charity.
Amob of protesters associated with the radical left-wing group Antifa swarmed the private residence of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the night of Nov. 7. They yelled, "Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!" The mob's apparent aim was to catch Mr. Carlson's family inside and so terrify them that he might temper his conservative views. Only Mr. Carlson's wife was home at the time. She locked herself in a pantry and called police.
Police in northeast Wyoming say a 14-year-old junior high student brought two handguns and 36 rounds of ammunition to school and threatened to shoot a student and staff members because he was unhappy with them.
Anti-Trump attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested on charges of felony domestic violence that seriously injured his estranged wife.
A German foundation has cancelled an awards ceremony to honor the Women's March after a group of affiliated scholars objected, accusing the progressive advocacy group of anti-Semitism.
Six men filed a class action and racketeering lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican and America's Catholic bishops, arguing they were aware of but ignored evidence of rape and sexual abuse within the clergy.
Eight years ago this month, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to be hanged on the charge of blasphemy. She has spent the years since on death row. Now, Pakistan's Supreme Court has overturned her conviction on grounds of insufficient evidence. So this sad story turns out to have a happy ending, right? C'mon, you knew it wasn't going to be that simple.
Facing intense pressure from the Trump administration, the nation's leading e-cigarette maker said Tuesday it will clamp down on teen use by shuttering its social media accounts and yanking flavored products from the 90,000 retail shops where they're sold.
The Supreme Court will now decide on their claim that the cross violates the Constitution's Establishment Clause.
In 1948, Richard Weaver told us that ideas have consequences. A few short years earlier, Hitler said, "let me control the textbooks and I will control the State." Huxley and Orwell followed and warned of dystopias where education would be used as a means to total power and total control. Ideas do matter. Yes, ideas clearly have consequences. Good ideas lead to good places and bad ideas lead to bad places. As your grandmother said: Garbage in, garbage out. She was right. Education matters.
Former Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said society's culture has become vulgar, and it's up to the U.S. to lead the rest of the world.
Thousands packed Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum here Monday for a soulful, music-filled rally honoring American veterans.
It was already an eventful first 100 days for Prime Minister Imran Khan, the onetime cricket star who broke the mold of Pakistani politics when he took office in August.
Heisman Trophy winner and ESPN announcer Tim Tebow is joining Chargers announcer Matt "Money" Smith and ESPN reporter Maria Taylor in hosting a new physical competition series produced by Lebron James on CBS.
The human rights groups Amnesty International announced Monday it was rescinding its highest honor given a decade ago to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, citing her role in the government's pressure campaign against hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim residents.
For kids growing up in today's cashless society, the piggy bank is going virtual.
Mournful offerings of "thoughts and prayers" would be "outlawed" if MSNBC's Chris Matthews had his way.
A racist note posted on a student's front door at Kansas State University was placed there by the student himself, police said Thursday, marking the school's second race hoax in the past year.
The school shooting reported in North Carolina was deemed a false alarm, the school district confirmed Friday morning.
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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 to teenage mothers reached an historic low between 2015 and 2016, with the birth rate continuously declining for mothers between the ages of 10 and 19 years old, according to new data released on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
Pro-life activists say a federal judiciary freshly stocked with Trump appointees presents the best legal landscape in decades to overturn the 1973 ruling that created a constitutional right to abortion.