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Istanbul's Byzantine-era landmark has been used as a museum since 1934 and is widely regarded as a symbol of peaceful religious coexistence. A court ruling Friday revoked its museum status. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Turkey Converts Istanbul's Iconic Hagia Sophia Back Into A Mosque

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Wednesday's decision seems to be an extension of a 2012 ruling in which the Supreme Court unanimously found that a fourth-grade teacher at a Lutheran school who was commissioned as a minister could not sue over her firing. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Justices Rule Teachers At Religious Schools Aren't Protected By Fair Employment Laws

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James Henley Thornwell regularly defended slavery and promoted white supremacy from his pulpit at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. A.H. Ritchie/The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, 1871 hide caption

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White Supremacist Ideas Have Historical Roots In U.S. Christianity

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Supreme Court: Montana Can't Exclude Religious Schools From Scholarship Program

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Park describes his experiences as a child soldier during an interview in his office in Yeongju. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Thousands Of Child Soldiers Died In The Korean War. Survivors Want More Recognition

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Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, by Kristin Kobes Du Mez Liveright hide caption

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'Jesus And John Wayne' Explores Christian Manhood — And How Belief Can Bolster Trump

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In this June 19, 2015, file photo, the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. lead a crowd of people in prayer outside the Emanuel AME Church, after a memorial service for the nine people killed by Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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5 Years After Charleston Church Massacre, What Have We Learned?

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The Rev. Lenny Duncan, here in May 2019, at the Metropolitan New York Synod Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Courtesy of Lenny Duncan hide caption

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Pastor Donte Hickman, seen at Southern Baptist Church in 2015, says he's had some productive conversations with the Trump administration on policy issues. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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'Breathe, Pray, Meditate': Born From Resistance, Black Churches Now Leading In Crises

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Sen. Tim Kaine, left, and then-Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer visit a temporary memorial Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, where Heather Heyer was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally Charlottesville, Va. Julia Rendleman/AP hide caption

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In 'Cry Havoc,' Former Charlottesville Mayor Details A Tragic Day

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Evangelical Christians traditionally focus on individual sin and salvation. But some are taking a wider view when it comes to addressing systemic racism. Reza/Getty Images hide caption

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Evangelical Christians Grapple With Racism As Sin

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President Trump asserts "most religious leaders loved" his appearance Monday in front of St. John's Church in Washington. The bishop who oversees the church condemned Trump's photo-op. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump's photo opportunity in front of St. John's Episcopal church in Washington has set off criticism, as law enforcement used tear gas and force to clear a path for him to walk from the White House. Tom Brenner/Reuters hide caption

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'He Did Not Pray': Fallout Grows From Trump's Photo-Op At St. John's Church

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Hasan Minhaj hosts Patriot Act on Netflix. Mark Seliger/Netflix hide caption

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A church in North Hollywood, Calif., stands empty last month after services were canceled because of coronavirus restrictions. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Jesus' baptism site overlooking the Jordan River, 6 miles north of the Dead Sea. The Jordanian site includes the spot where UNESCO says Jesus was believed to have been baptized, now inland after the river changed course, as well as Elijah's Hill, where tradition says the Prophet Elijah ascended to heaven in a flaming chariot. Moises Saman for NPR hide caption

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From left: Comedians Natasha Chandel, Abdullah Afzal and Mariam Sobh. They each performed a set during the Socially Distant Eid Comedy Night Special, a virtual event hosted by the Concordia Forum. Facebook/ Screengrabs by NPR hide caption

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