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Bill to Let Church Create Police Force Advances in Alabama

Birmingham congregation says it needs more protection

(Newser) - A bill designed to allow a church to have its own police force is moving forward. Alabama's Senate judiciary panel has passed a measure that would let Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham create the force, reports NBC News . The force would coordinate with local police to protect the 4,... More »

Alabama Church Moves to Form Own Police Force

Critics worry the church could use it to cover up crimes

(Newser) - Alabama's Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools, and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon add something that no other American church has: its own police force. Briarwood has asked the state legislature for... More »

Ex-Congregants Reveal Horrifying Abuse at NC Church

Word of Faith Fellowship has thwarted investigators for decades

(Newser) - From all over the world, they flocked to the tiny town of Spindale, NC, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror—waged in the name of the Lord. Congregants of the Word of... More »

Cops: Murder Plot Involved Priest, Cyanide, Suitcase

Georgian Orthodox Church official charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - It sounds like an odd espionage thriller, but it's all too true in the Republic of Georgia: Police busted a priest traveling with cyanide and say he meant to kill a high-ranking member of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Father Georgi Mamaladze, who runs the church's property department, was... More »

Oklahoma Town's Morality Ordinance Prohibits V-Day Dance

City council won't vote to repeal until after the holiday

(Newser) - In a scene that seems straight out of Footloose, a small town has cancelled a dance simply because it was to be held 300 feet from a church. Henryetta, Okla., is a town of roughly 5,500 people 60 miles south of Tulsa, and had planned a Valentine's Day... More »

San Diego Church Flier Says Voting Democrat Is 'Mortal Sin'

The diocese says that's ridiculous

(Newser) - If you live in San Diego and plan on voting for Hillary, it's best you don't read two recent newsletters from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In the Oct. 16 bulletin for the Old Town church, which is used as an election polling site, a flier was inserted. Along... More »

Woman Dies After Drinking 'Cure' That's Basically Clorox

It's promoted by a fringe church whose founder says he's from another galaxy

(Newser) - An institution calling itself the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing is anything but, according to a man who says an elixir promoted by the church as a "miracle cure" is the same concoction that killed her, ABC News reports. Doug Nash says he and his wife, Sylvia... More »

Pastor Rebukes Trump During Flint Speech

She interrupted after he mentioned Clinton

(Newser) - Donald Trump is in charge at Trump Tower but the Rev. Faith Green Timmons is the boss at Flint's Bethel United Methodist Church, the candidate discovered Wednesday. The pastor walked onto the stage and interrupted Trump mid-speech after he started attacking Hillary Clinton's record on the economy and... More »

Klansman Behind 1963 Bombing to Stay in Prison

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, denied parole

(Newser) - The lone surviving Ku Klux Klansman imprisoned for killing four black girls in a church bombing in 1963 will remain behind bars after Alabama's parole board heeded the victims' families Wednesday and refused an early release. The board rejected parole for Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, who has served... More »

In Ancient Scottish Chapel, Evidence of a Witch Prison

Aberdeen church has an iron ring set in stone

(Newser) - The remains of some 2,000 people lie beneath Scotland's East Kirk of St. Nicholas church, but an iron ring set in the stone pillar of the chapel could link directly back to a spookier past: the documented trial and execution of 23 women and one man accused of... More »

England Searching for Another King Under Parking Lot

King Henry I was buried in Reading Abbey nearly 1,000 years ago

(Newser) - England's King Henry I was a man of many appetites: He usurped the throne from an older brother, fathered two dozen children out of wedlock, and is thought to have died after gorging on lampreys—a jawless, snakelike fish. After his death in 1135, his remains were brought to... More »

129-Year-Old Church Moved to Make Way for Casino

Its new home is next to a skating rink

(Newser) - A historic Massachusetts church started slowly rolling along the street Tuesday to make way for a nearly $1 billion casino, the AP reports. After weeks of preparation, crews began moving Springfield's 129-year-old First Spiritualist Church about two football-field lengths, where it will eventually stand next to a skating rink... More »

Man in SWAT Gear Wanted in Church Murder

Terri Bevers killed before fitness class on Monday

(Newser) - Police are searching for a man clad in SWAT gear after a fitness instructor was found murdered inside a Texas church on Monday. Terri "Missy" Bevers, 45, arrived at the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, 25 miles southwest of Dallas, around 4:20am and was found dead by... More »

Behind Seattle Evacuation, Hazmat Search: Deodorant

Church, daycare cleared out because of Axe body spray

(Newser) - A church and daycare center in Seattle's University District were cleared out by the city's fire department, nearby streets were roped off, and hazmat teams descended on the area Friday after "cough-inducing fumes" were noted wafting out of the church's bathroom and someone called 911, MyNorthwest.... More »

Church Stops Clergy From Digging Up 'Shakespeare Skull'

Clergymen wanted conjecture settled once and for all

(Newser) - Like to size up the cranium that once held the brain behind Macbeth, Hamlet, and roughly 1,500 words we still use today? Well, it's bad news for you—and anyone who believes William Shakespeare's skull is lying under a small village chapel in England, the Birmingham Mail... More »

Suspect Charged in 2 of the St. Louis Church Fires

Authorities no longer suspect a hate crime

(Newser) - Authorities charged A 35-year-old black St. Louis man with arson following fires at two predominantly African-American churches earlier this month and federal investigators said they no longer believe the incidents were a hate crime. David Lopez Jackson was charged Friday in St. Louis Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree... More »

400-Year-Old Church Emerges in Reservoir

The Temple of Santiago gets a breath of air

(Newser) - Huh, this wasn't there last year—a 16th-century church emerging from the waters of a Mexican reservoir. But it actually makes sense, because drought has caused the water level to fall 82 feet in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir, revealing a church that was flooded during construction of a dam nearly... More »

Georgia Church Expels 103-Year-Old Woman

Because she disagreed with the pastor

(Newser) - A small church in northeast Georgia is defending its decision to revoke the membership of a 103-year-old woman who disagreed with the pastor. The Athens Banner-Herald reported today that Union Grove Baptist Church of Elberton said Genora H. Biggs was displaying conduct detrimental to the congregation. The woman has been... More »

Bombs Rock 2 NM Churches as Parishioners Gather

No injuries in Las Cruces; police say explosions likely linked

(Newser) - Police are investigating a pair of blasts that rocked two New Mexico churches where parishioners had gathered yesterday morning, though there were no injuries and damage was "relatively minor," authorities tell NBC News . One explosion came from a mailbox outside an administrative entrance to Calvary Baptist Church in... More »

Snakes Again Prove Deadly in Church

John David Brock was handling the snake during Kentucky service

(Newser) - A man has died from a snake bite suffered during a church service, says a Kentucky sheriff's office. The Bell County Sheriff's Department said yesterday that 60-year-old John David Brock of Stoney Fork was handling the snake during a Sunday service at a Pentecostal church in Jenson. Authorities... More »

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