Protestantism

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny walk along the Cam River at Somerset, Australia Tuesday, May 14, 2019. A federal election will be held in Australian on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
May 14, 2019 - 2:04 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The leaders of both of Australia's major political parties agreed on Tuesday that gays don't go to hell because of their sexual orientation, as Christian beliefs rose to extraordinary prominence in the final days of an election campaign. Prime Minister Scott Morrison...
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Vice President Mike Pence hugs a congregation member as he visits pastors and congregation at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, which was burned along with two other nearby African American churches, in Opelousas, La., Friday, May 3, 2019. Holden Matthews, who is white, was arrested for arson and other charges in relation to the church burnings. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 03, 2019 - 5:24 pm
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence praised the parishioners of three African American churches Friday for the inspiring way they responded to the destruction of their sanctuaries by an arsonist and lamented that attacks on communities of faith have become "all too frequent." Pence and...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2016 file photo a man walks in the St.Katharinen church in Frankfurt, Germany. A study predicts that Germany’s two main Christian churches will lose millions of members over the coming decades and have to tighten their financial belts as a result. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
May 02, 2019 - 6:09 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's two main Christian churches will lose millions of members over the coming decades and will have to tighten their financial belts as a result, according to a study published Thursday. Researchers at the University of Freiburg predict that the combined membership of the German...
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A gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan., on Friday, April 19, 2019. There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
April 20, 2019 - 11:10 am
NEW YORK (AP) — There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. The...
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CORRECTS ARREST DATE TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 - This booking image released by the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal shows Holden Matthews, 21, who was arrested Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in connection with suspicious fires at three historic black churches in southern Louisiana. Matthews faces three counts of simple arson of a religious building on the state charges. Federal investigators also were looking into whether hate motivated the fires. (Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal via AP)
April 15, 2019 - 6:41 pm
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The white man charged in the burnings of three Louisiana black churches faces a mountain of evidence tying him to the crimes, documenting the fires on his cellphone and an interest in arson on Facebook, the state fire marshal said Monday at a hearing that offered new insight...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2019 file photo, firefighters and fire investigators respond to a fire at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, in Opelousas, La. Authorities have arrested a person in connection with suspicious fires at three historic black churches in southern Louisiana, a federal prosecutor said. The suspect was in state custody, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph announced late Wednesday, April 10 in a news release labeling the fires “despicable acts.” (Leslie Westbrook/The Advocate via AP, File)
April 11, 2019 - 8:42 am
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Each church catered to an African American congregation. Each graced a rustic, country setting. Each fronted a small cemetery. And each is now a charred disaster scene, the result of three conflagrations that brought echoes of civil rights-era violence to Opelousas, a city of...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 25, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump smiles at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, after signing a proclamation in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington. Trump isn't on the ballot for Israel's national election, yet he's a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of balloting on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 06, 2019 - 12:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump isn't on the ballot for Israel's national election, yet he's a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of Tuesday's balloting. At its core, the election is a judgment on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has won the post four times but...
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Stephanie Dunson, right, rests her head on the shoulder of her daughter, Jesi, Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Providence Baptist Church in Beauregard, Ala. Sunday church services were a step towards normalcy as the community continues to recover following deadly tornados that hit the area last week. The Dunsons sought shelter at the church in the storm, and avoided weather that damaged their home. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
March 10, 2019 - 12:55 pm
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The pastor of a church that became a center for shelter, help and grieving when a tornado killed 23 people in eastern Alabama said in his first Sunday service after the storm that the Lord has reached out his hand to the community. Imperfect things like tornadoes and other...
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In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 photo, Rusty Sowell, pastor at Providence Baptist Church, speaks to volunteers organizing donations at the church in Beauregard, Ala. Dealing with the dead became a huge task in a rural Alabama community where nearly two dozen people died in a tornado outbreak. The county coroner, Bill Harris, set up a temporary command post and performed post-mortem exams. He and Sowell then held 17 separate meetings with relatives of the 23 people who died. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 07, 2019 - 3:38 am
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — With nearly two dozen people killed in a tornado outbreak that shattered a rural community in east Alabama, notifying the families of the dead was a huge, gut-wrenching task, done in the privacy of a country church. Pastor Rusty Sowell, with the county coroner behind him,...
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Ed Rowe, left, Rebecca Wilson, Robin Hager and Jill Zundel, react to the defeat of a proposal that would allow LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage within the United Methodist Church at the denomination’s 2019 Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis, Mo., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. America’s second-largest Protestant denomination faces a likely fracture as delegates at the crucial meeting move to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)
February 26, 2019 - 6:32 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The United Methodist Church, America's second-largest Protestant denomination, faces a likely surge in defections and acts of defiance after delegates at a crucial conference voted Tuesday to strengthen the faith's divisive bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy...
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