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Continued: Religion news in brief

  • Article by: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , Associated Press
  • Last update: September 3, 2014 - 1:55 PM

He says some young Muslims who have joined the Islamic State group have been horrified by what they've seen, but can be killed themselves if they try to leave.

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After more than a century, beloved church to close

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio church known for its inclusiveness is set to close this month.

When a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics was banned from a nearby parish, Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church opened its doors. The neighborhood association, artists and recovery groups also used the space.

But the San Antonio Express-News reports Beacon Hill will hold its last service after 117 years this weekend. Over the years its congregation has dwindled as have the funds for covering the church's operational costs.

Church lay leader Sally Lewis says it's sad that the church will close but the congregation has become too small for the space.

Longtime Beacon Hill congregant Betty Smith likens the church's closure to a death.

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Settlement in dispute between Florida temple, city

MIAMI (AP) — A settlement has been reached between a South Florida city and a Jewish temple in a long-running dispute pitting religious freedom and property rights against historic preservation.

Temple B'nai Zion attorney Keith D. Silverstein said Tuesday the agreement keeps in place the Sunny Isles Beach temple's historic designation but allows some valuable new development rights. The temple also is being paid $175,000.

The temple had claimed in the four-year legal fight that Sunny Isles Beach was improperly using its historic designation powers to prevent any changes. The lawsuit was dismissed once by a Miami federal judge but reinstated by a federal appeals court.

The settlement also allows a Jewish congregation currently leasing the temple to continue occupying the structure and holding services.

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