Religion

Methodist panel overturns pastor’s defrocking
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A pastor who presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him.
Malaysia’s top court: ‘Allah’ for Muslims only
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's top court ruled Monday that non-Muslims cannot use the word "Allah" to refer to God, delivering the final word on a contentious debate that has reinforced complaints that religious minorities are treated unfairly in the Muslim-majority…
Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian
DETROIT (AP) -- The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted by large margins to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman.&…

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