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Christian woman told to remove headscarf for license: ACLU lawsuit

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit accusing Alabama county officials of violating a Christian woman’s religious rights by forcing her to remove her headscarf before taking her driver’s license photo. Yvonne … Continue reading

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Judge tosses Kansas Muslim inmate's religious-rights lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas has thrown out a Muslim inmate’s lawsuit that accused a county jail and its administrators of violating the convicted killer’s religious rights. U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse dismissed Eddie Gordon … Continue reading

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Egypt parliament adopts disputed law on churches

Cairo (AFP) – The Egyptian parliament on Tuesday adopted a law on regulating the construction of churches, despite opposition by some members of the Christian community which complains of discrimination. Egypt’s Copts, the Middle East’s largest Christian minority, have long … Continue reading

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Egyptian parliament approves long-awaited church building law

By Ahmed Aboulenein and Mohamed Abdellah CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s parliament approved on Tuesday a long-awaited law that governs building and renovating churches, an issue that has led in the past to attacks on members the country’s Christian minority by … Continue reading

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ACLU: Christian woman forced to remove headscarf for license

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing county officials in Alabama who told a Christian woman to remove her headscarf for her driver’s license photo. Yvonne Allen of Tuskeegee says the clerk insisted that only Muslim … Continue reading

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Egypt approves law on churches despite Christian opposition

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state news agency says parliament has approved a first-ever law to regulate the construction of churches despite opposition from rights groups and Coptic Christian leaders. Critics say the law would institutionalize long-running constraints to the building … Continue reading

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Feds seek more time to respond to church shooting lawsuits

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The federal government wants more time to respond to wrongful death lawsuits stemming from the South Carolina church shootings that claimed the lives of nine black parishioners. Fifteen lawsuits have been filed alleging the FBI negligently … Continue reading

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2 slain nuns remembered for 'Christian love in action'

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of people filled a cathedral in Mississippi’s capital city on Monday to remember two nuns who spent decades helping the needy and were found stabbed to death last week in their home in one of … Continue reading

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Fire engulfs century-old Presbyterian church in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fire that engulfed a west Philadelphia church has been brought under control, and no injuries have been reported. The fire was reported at about 9 a.m. Monday at a Presbyterian church in the Overbrook neighborhood. Television … Continue reading

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The Latest: Bishop: Pope in Rome jolted awake by the quake

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italy’s devastating earthquake (all times local): 5:05 p.m. An Italian bishop says Pope Francis was among the many in Rome jolted awake by last week’s earthquake and immediately went to celebrate a Mass for … Continue reading

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