Religion in the United States is characterized by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices. Various religious faiths have flourished within the United States. A majority of Americans report that religion plays a very important role in their lives, a proportion unique among developed countries. Historically, the United States has always been marked by religious pluralism and diversity, beginning with various native beliefs of the pre-colonial time.
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  • Chile authorities raid Episcopal Conference in abuse probe
    Star Tribune

    Chile authorities raid Episcopal Conference in abuse probe

    SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean authorities raided the headquarters of the Catholic Church's Episcopal Conference on Tuesday as part of a widespread investigation into sex abuse committed by members of the Marist Brothers order in the South American country, prosecutors said. The raids by investigating prosecutors and Chile's equivalent of the FBI took place at one of the most important buildings of the Chilean church in the capital of Santiago. Investigating prosecutor Raul Guzman, who confirmed the raid, is probing more than 35 accusations of abuse committed against former students at schools run by the Marists, who are religious brothers, not priests. "The impunity of the Chilean hierarchy has ended.


    Trump administration interest in religious freedom moves to the Labor Department

    The Department of Labor issued a directive Friday that makes it easier for federal contractors to claim their religious beliefs as a defense against anti-LGBTQ discrimination charges. On August 10, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued an enforcement directive that says investigators should consider recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and recent executive orders relating to issues of religious freedom. The directive wouldn't directly have an effect on the 2014 executive order that says government contractors can't discriminate against employees or applicants in the LGBTQ community, according to Bloomberg. It does mean, however, that auditors

  • Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

    Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

    A former Australian archbishop convicted of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s was confronted by enraged victims outside a courthouse Tuesday after a judge spared him jail and ordered he serve his sentence at home. Philip Wilson became one of the highest-ranked church officials convicted of covering up child sex abuse when he was found guilty in May of concealing crimes by priest Jim Fletcher in the Hunter region of New South Wales state. Wilson had since been on bail and on Tuesday magistrate Robert Stone decided he will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account.

  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl defends response to claims ahead of Pa. priest abuse report
    CBS News

    Cardinal Donald Wuerl defends response to claims ahead of Pa. priest abuse report

    A highly anticipated grand jury report detailing alleged abuses by hundreds of Catholic priests across Pennsylvania is set to be released today. The first statewide report will reveal accusations against more than 300 so-called "predator priests" and reported efforts by church leaders to cover them up. "They murdered something in me": Pennsylvania priest sex abuse survivors share stories The former bishop of Pittsburgh, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, is expected to come under intense scrutiny for how he handled more than two dozen abuse cases. Wuerl created support programs for survivors and adopted a zero tolerance policy against abusive priests. With just hours to go until the grand jury report is

  • India's Hindu Nationalists Still Feed Off Partition's Wounds
    Foreign Policy Magazine

    India's Hindu Nationalists Still Feed Off Partition's Wounds

    On the early morning of Aug. 14, 1947, a young Hindu couple set out from Sylhet, a northern Bengali city that was about to become part of the newly formed East Pakistan—today's Bangladesh. Annada and his pregnant wife traveled through the late-monsoon heat by cattle cart, until thieves stole their livestock. They reached Assam, a state in northeast India, on foot just shy of midnight. Moments later, the partition of India officially went into effect, cementing freshly drawn borders between India and Pakistan. The couple, like some 12 million to 15 million other refugees of Partition, very slowly rebuilt their lives. East Pakistan, which went on to gain independence as Bangladesh in 1971, still

  • Associated Press

    Indonesia woman irked by mosque noise on trial for blasphemy

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors have demanded an 18-month prison term for a woman who was charged with blasphemy after she complained about the volume of a mosque's loudspeakers.

  • Israel detains prominent Jewish-American critic at airport
    Fox News

    Israel detains prominent Jewish-American critic at airport

    JERUSALEM –  A prominent Jewish-American commentator who has been critical of Israel's policies said Monday that he was detained by Israeli airport authorities and interrogated about his political views before he was allowed to enter the country. The questioning of Peter Beinart was the latest in a string of incidents in which Jewish critics of Israel have been interrogated about their politics by border officials. The Israeli government called the incident a mistake. Beinart, a contributor to The Atlantic, CNN and the Israeli daily Haaretz, considers himself a supporter of Israel, but has been an outspoken critic of the government's hard-line policies toward the Palestinians and close alliance with President Donald Trump.

  • Muslim cleric sacked for 'sexual misconduct' loses his appeal
    Daily Mail

    Muslim cleric sacked for 'sexual misconduct' loses his appeal

    The religious leader of one of Melbourne's largest mosques who was dismissed for sexual misconduct has lost his unfair dismissal case. According to a Fair Work Commission decision, Sheik Mohamad Abou-Eid was sacked as Imam of Preston Mosque after several female members of its congregation accused him of 'inappropriate sexual conduct'. The controversial cleric, who is known for been vocal, was relieved of his duties while the Board of Imams Victoria investigated the matter. Scroll down for video  Fair Work Commissioner Michelle Bissett said when reviewing Abou-Eid's unfair dismissal case there were a number of factors to be taken into consideration.  She said the Islamic Society of Victoria sacked

  • Fire destroys 65-year-old church on Ebb and Flow First Nation
    Winnipeg Free Press

    Fire destroys 65-year-old church on Ebb and Flow First Nation

    A Manitoba First Nation congregation is mourning the loss of a church destroyed by fire over the weekend. “It went up in flames and it was still burning two hours later. Everything in there was burnt. It was heartbreaking to watch,” parishioner Phyllis Racette said. “It's still smoldering,” Racette said Monday. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church was engulfed in flames just before dawn Saturday in a conflagration so hot that the church bell was believed to have melted. That bell had survived a fire that had destroyed the original church in Ebb and Flow First Nation, an Ojibway community located about 180 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg. We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading,

  • Judge Won't Toss Claim Against Mormon Church in Rape Case
    US News & World Report

    Judge Won't Toss Claim Against Mormon Church in Rape Case

    In this April 5, 2018, file photo, plaintiff McKenna Denson speaks with reporters during a news conference, in Salt Lake City. A judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit claiming Denson was raped after the Mormon church allowed a man to oversee young missionaries in the 1980s despite a history of sexual misconduct. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman's lawsuit claiming she was raped by a Mormon church leader who was allowed to oversee young missionaries despite a history of sexual misconduct will go forward, a judge decided Monday. The decision will allow McKenna Denson's lawyers to investigate whether there are others who claim to be victims of Joseph L. Bishop, who oversaw hundreds of young people as president of the Missionary Training Center in the 1980s, or others in leadership positions, said attorney Craig Vernon.

  • She ripped up a church cemetery. The reason had nothing to do with religion, cops say
    Miami Herald

    She ripped up a church cemetery. The reason had nothing to do with religion, cops say

    A more than 100-year-old cemetery outside a Florida black church was vandalized, according to a police report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. On Tuesday, a woman was arrested for destruction of property at the 100-year-old-plus Unity African Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery in Seffner, near Tampa. The report says the suspect, Channon Marie Clarkson, 35, was seen roaming around the graveyard last Tuesday afternoon. A church employee spotted the suspect pulling up headstones from the ground and removing engraved templates from several grave sites. Deputies were summoned and talked to the pastor, who did not believe her actions constituted a hate crime as Clarkson suffers from

  • Saint John Paul is 'top of the Popes'
    BBC News

    Saint John Paul is 'top of the Popes'

    Ask Jacinta Henderson and she will tell you the three men who count as her favourites above all others. They are John Wayne, Elvis Presley and "the man himself" according to Jacinta, Pope John Paul II. "These three people, they've left their mark on the world in a very good way. Out of all the movie stars, John Wayne was the greatest film star there was. "The greatest singer of the century in my eyes is Elvis. And the greatest holy man is John Paul II. "He stands out from all of them, bar none." Papal visit Her choices perfectly illustrate the changing attitudes to the papacy and how those play out in living rooms. Ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Ireland at the end of this month, the BBC NI documentary