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Bright Light on Interfaith Life

Bright Light on Interfaith Life

Jennifer Copeland, Executive Director, NC Council of Churches While the headlines tell us about very real instances of violence against faith communities (a synagogue in Pittsburgh, a mosque in New Zealand, a sikh temple in Wisconsin, a church in Charleston and another in Sutherland Springs, Texas, just to name a few) they often don’t tell […]

Protecting Faith Communities Faith Leaders, FBI Collaborating to Keep Religious Institutions Safe from Attacks

Protecting Faith Communities Faith Leaders, FBI Collaborating to Keep Religious Institutions Safe from Attacks

Assistant Director Kerry Sleeper of the FBI’s Office of Partner Engagement speaks at a meeting of faith leaders at FBI Headquarters Tuesday. Seven minutes, 24 seconds. That’s how long it took a gunman who opened fire at a Baptist church in rural Sutherland Springs, Texas, to kill 26 people. Many in the church on November […]

The hidden budget provision to kill sex ed in North Carolina

The hidden budget provision to kill sex ed in North Carolina

 By Kris Nordstrom, NC Policy Watch Anyone who has spent much time around the General Assembly is familiar with Alan Hoyle, even if they might not know the name. Hoyle is a Lincolnton, NC street preacher. But around Raleigh, he’s most notable for circling the General Assembly in his red truck adorned with anti-gay messaging, […]

Proposed state budget would deal new blows to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause

Proposed state budget would deal new blows to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause

By Aditi Kharod – Intern @ NC POLICY WATCH In 1971, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote an opinion in the landmark case Lemon v. Kurtzman that set forth a three-pronged test lawmakers should use to avoid violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution, which states that “Congress shall […]

Abortion-related veto override effort lights up news and social media

Abortion-related veto override effort lights up news and social media

RALEIGH — Members of the N.C. House of Representatives are poised to vote this week on whether to override Gov. Roy Cooper‘s veto of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act, following an announcement last Wednesday from House Speaker Tim Moore. The measure, S.B. 359, creates punishments, including prison time and fines, for medical professionals who […]

NC Clergy Poll: More Than 70% Say Opioid Crisis Has Affected Congregation

NC Clergy Poll: More Than 70% Say Opioid Crisis Has Affected Congregation

Nadia Ramlagan, Public News Service – NC RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s clergy are gathering in cities across the state to talk about the opioid crisis. A recent survey found more than 70 percent of clergy in North Carolina say their congregations have been affected by opioids. Barriers to accessing substance abuse and mental-health resources […]

Child porn arrest points to limited NC oversight of church day schools

Child porn arrest points to limited NC oversight of church day schools

BY NEILL CALDWELL, CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Greensboro operates Fellowship Day School. Former employee Alyson Brooke Saunders has been charged with multiple child sex crimes allegedly committed at the school. Neill Caldwell / Carolina Public Press The U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrested a Greensboro church day school employee last month on […]

Judge accepts McKinnys guilty plea deal in unemployment fraud case

Judge accepts McKinnys guilty plea deal in unemployment fraud case

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— U.S. District Magistrate Judge Carlton W. Metcalf accepted Diane McKinnys guilty plea deal Friday in an unemployment fraud case. Count One: 18 U.S.C. S 2 (a) Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal. (b) Whoever willfully causes […]

Christians remain world’s largest religious group, but they are declining in Europe

Christians remain world’s largest religious group, but they are declining in Europe

BY CONRAD HACKETT AND DAVID MCCLENDON, Pew Research Center Christians remained the largest religious group in the world in 2015, making up nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people, according to a new Pew Research Center demographic analysis. But the report also shows that the number of Christians in what many consider the religion’s heartland, the continent […]

No Jail Time for the Grosses in Federal Wire Fraud Case

No Jail Time for the Grosses in Federal Wire Fraud Case

ASHEVILLE — The sentencing case for retired podiatrist Jerry Gross and his son Jason Gross of the the Foot & Ankle Center of the Carolinas was held April 11, 2019. Both had pled guilty in May 2018 to federal wire fraud charges concerning fraudulent collection of unemployment benefits. U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced both […]