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DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM-GAY MARRIAGE

NYC pastor-delegate fears marriage plank will defeat Democrats

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Latino delegate to the Democratic National Convention says he fears that support for same-sex marriage by President Barack Obama and the party's platform could spell defeat in November.

New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera says other ministers who head minority churches have told him that their congregants who normally vote Democratic feel morally conflicted and may sit out this election.

Cabrera says he loves the Democratic Party and considers it the party of the poor and middle class. But he notes that ballot issues in more than 30 states — including the convention host, North Carolina — have shown that the majority of Americans oppose same-sex marriage.

The Democratic platform supports gay marriage and calls for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, but says government should let churches "decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament."

275-a-10-(Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ray-GOH'-sah), chairman of the Democratic National Convention Committee, speaking at convention)-"ayes have it (applause fades)"-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic National Convention Committee, calls for a vote on the party platform. (4 Sep 2012)

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276-a-07-(Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ray-GOH'-sah), chairman of the Democratic National Convention Committee, speaking at convention)-"be proud of"-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic National Convention Committee, says the party platform is approved. (4 Sep 2012)

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277-a-09-(Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, speaking at Democratic National Convention)-"choose to love"-Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker says the platform supports liberty and justice for all Americans. (4 Sep 2012)

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264-w-32-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera)--A Latino delegate to the Democratic National Convention says he fears that support for same-sex marriage by President Barack Obama and the party's platform could spell defeat in November. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (4 Sep 2012)

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257-a-11-(New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, in AP interview)-"such a chance"-New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, says the president and party's support for same-sex marriage will cost minority votes. (4 Sep 2012)

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260-a-08-(New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, in AP interview)-"defeat in November"-New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, says he has always been a Democrat. (4 Sep 2012)

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261-a-10-(New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, in AP interview)-"for traditional marriage"-New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, says Americans have consistently voted against same-sex marriage. (4 Sep 2012)

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259-a-11-(New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, in AP interview)-"own religious convictions"-New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, says Christian minorities may now believe it's wrong to vote for Democrats. (4 Sep 2012)

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258-a-08-(New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, in AP interview)-"vote this time"-New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, says other ministers who head minority churches are alarmed at the party's support for same-sex marriage. (4 Sep 2012)

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DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION-BISHOP

African-American bishop helps lead Obama campaign

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Clergy are doing more than leading prayers at the Democratic National Convention.

A leading bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is helping lead President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Bishop Vashti (VASH'-ty) McKenzie told convention delegates that Democrats believe Americans are entitled to quality education and health care "regardless of gender, race, creed or sexual orientation."

McKenzie, the first woman elected as a bishop in the AME church, said Democrats are "the party of inclusion."

335-a-12-(AME Bishop Vashti (VASH'-ty) McKenzie, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, addressing Democratic Natinal Convention)-"President Barack Obama (applause fades)"-AME Bishop Vashti (VASH'-ty) McKenzie, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, says she's helping lead President Obama's re-election campaign. (4 Sep 2012)

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336-a-16-(AME Bishop Vashti (VASH'-ty) McKenzie, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, addressing Democratic Natinal Convention)-"quality health care"-AME Bishop Vashti (VASH'-ty) McKenzie, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, says Democrats are the inclusive party. (4 Sep 2012)

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DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION-BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY

Convention impacting Billy Graham Library

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Democrats attending their national convention in North Carolina have been driving out of Charlotte's airport directly onto the Billy Graham Parkway.

Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Library, says the museum is seeing an increase in visits from Democrats from around the country this week.

The 93-year-old evangelist grew up a few miles from the library site, but now lives near Asheville, N.C.

Phillips notes that Graham has met and prayed with 12 presidents, staring with Harry Truman more than 60 years ago. He says many of those prayers were during times of crisis, making Graham the presidents' pastor in many ways.

More than 550,000 visitors have been through the Billy Graham Library since it opened in 2007.

340-a-09-(Tom Phillips, vice president, Billy Graham Library, in AP interview)-"in many ways"-Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Library, says the evangelist has known every president for 60 years. (4 Sep 2012)

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337-a-06-(Tom Phillips, vice president, Billy Graham Library, in AP interview)-"guests coming by"-Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Library, says it's feeling the impact of the Democratic National Convention. (4 Sep 2012)

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338-a-08-(Tom Phillips, vice president, Billy Graham Library, in AP interview)-"the, uh, airport"-Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Library, says Democrats flying into Charlotte are immediately aware that it's the evangelist's childhood home. (4 Sep 2012)

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339-a-05-(Tom Phillips, vice president, Billy Graham Library, in AP interview)-"Billy Graham Library"-Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Library, says the facility is in Charlotte for a reason. (4 Sep 2012)

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GAY MARRIAGE-CHURCHES

Marriage group grapples with Wash. campaign rules

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The group seeking to overturn Washington state's gay marriage law has changed its instructions to churches that want to raise money for the effort, but state campaign finance officials say the language still doesn't comply with state law.

Preserve Marriage Washington pushed to get Referendum 74 on the November ballot. It asks voters to either approve or reject the law passed earlier this year allowing same-sex marriage in the state. That law is on hold pending the November vote.

Last week, Preserve Marriage's website had a special "church tools" section where churches were told to collect donation envelopes and forward them to the campaign. Now, the group asks the churches to designate a volunteer to collect the donations.

The state Public Disclosure Commission says the campaign, not the church, needs to designate a volunteer.

SCOTUS-SCALIA-VEGAS

US Supreme Court Justice Scalia visiting Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is set to make appearances at a university law school, a church and a casino during a visit to Las Vegas.

The 76-year-old justice is expected to draw protesters outside his third Wednesday event. That's a reception hosted by the St. Thomas More Society of Nevada at the Palazzo resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Earlier, Scalia is scheduled to speak to law students and faculty at the Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

He's also scheduled to appear at an evening Catholic Red Mass liturgy at the Guardian Angel Cathedral just off the Strip.

The church service seeks divine guidance for judges, lawyers and other legal professionals.

MORRIS BROWN-FINANCES

Seminary delays move to Morris Brown building

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta seminary is delaying its planned move to a location at Morris Brown College until it can assess how the school's financial problems might affect the seminary.

The Interdenominational Theological Center recently spent $400,000 improving Morris Brown's student center. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the seminary planned to move classes there while it underwent major renovations.

Given Morris Brown's recent bankruptcy filing, seminary officials say they're trying to figure out their next steps.

The historically black Atlanta college faces possible foreclosure. Court records show that Morris Brown has not paid some of its employees for months.

LITTLE SISTERS-EMBEZZLEMENT

Ky. woman gets 27 months for embezzling from nuns

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former bookkeeper for the Little Sisters of the Poor has been sentenced to 27 months in prison and has been ordered to pay $364,000 in restitution for embezzling money from the Roman Catholic religious order to buy herself a new car and other items.

Federal Judge Joseph McKinley told 54-year-old Mary "Kathy" Montfort that she was getting one of the lesser sentences available, in part because he wanted to ensure as much money gets paid back to the religious order as possible.

Montfort pleaded guilty in April to taking the money by forging the names of nuns in writing 43 checks on the organization's account between April 2010 and November 2011. Montfort apologized to the nuns at Tuesday's hearing and in a letter.

PRIEST-CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Feds seek 8-10 years for priest in child porn case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania want a suspended Roman Catholic priest to serve eight to 10 years in prison for possessing and receiving thousands of child pornography images he viewed on his church computer.

A sentencing memo filed Sunday requests an above-minimum sentence for the Rev. Bartley Sorensen because his searching for and acquisition of child pornography lasted at least a decade.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Sorensen's attorney has requested the mandatory minimum of five years.

Sorensen was arrested in December after an employee at Saint John Fisher Parish in Churchill noticed him looking at a photo of a young boy on his computer. A search turned up thousands of images.

Sorensen pleaded guilty in May. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 13.

PASTOR-CHILD PORN

Maine pastor accused of possessing child porn

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A minister who works with the homeless in Maine has been charged with possessing child pornography.

Pastor James Napier is associated with New Beginnings Christian Mission in Biddeford. He was arrested at his home in Alfred on Saturday on a charge of possession of sexually explicit material.

Police said a search of Napier's computer found more than 100 images of child porn. The bail conditions for the 60-year-old Napier call for no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and no Internet use.

Napier is scheduled for a court appearance on Oct. 23. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

PRIEST ABUSE-TRIAL

Philadelphia trial of priest, ex-teacher postponed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia rape trial of a Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher has been postponed after a lawyer in the case had a death in the family.

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero are due back in court Friday to get a new trial date.

Their case was severed from the high-profile trial earlier this year of a church official charged over his handling of abuse complaints. The Rev. William Lynn is appealing his landmark child-endangerment conviction while starting a three- to six-year prison term.

Engelhardt and Shero have pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a former altar boy at a northeast Philadelphia parish in the 1990s.

Their accuser, a troubled 24-year-old policeman's son, is expected to be the key trial witness.

AMISH ATTACKS

Defense: Kin spats led to Ohio Amish hair attacks

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for defendants accused of carrying out hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio say what happened was more like a family feud.

The hair-cuttings occurred last fall in Bergholz, a village 80 miles southeast of Cleveland.

The attorneys don't deny the hair-cuttings took place but say they don't amount to hate crimes. That's a central part of their defense in a federal trial that began last week in Cleveland and resumes Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the attacks were motivated by religious differences. They say the defendants targeted the hair and beards of Amish people because of their spiritual significance in the faith.

But the defense says squabbles over money, children and the way some women in the Amish settlements dressed also played a part.

EGYPT

Egyptian president names 4 new Islamist governors

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Islamist president has appointed 10 new governors, four of them leading members of his fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood group.

The Islamist-led upper house of parliament, the Shura Council, also appointed ultraconservative Islamists as members of state-run human rights and media councils.

Of the 10 governors appointed by President Mohammed Morsi on Tuesday, four are Muslim Brotherhood members and three are former army generals. Morsi's spokesman said the new governors were chosen based their "good reputation, not party affiliation."

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