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New Jersey Nun on the Path to Sainthood
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

New Jersey is often dismissed as a cultural wasteland of traffic jams and suburban sprawl, mobster graveyards and lost dreams — source material for native son rockers like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. ...

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Won’t Appeal Gay Marriage Rulings
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday that he was dropping the fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey by withdrawing his appeal of a major case that was being heard by the state Supreme Court. ...

Judge in N.J. Same-Sex Marriage Case has Deep Catholic Roots
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

The judge who declared same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey was raised a Catholic in Bayonne, a place where the locals still use their church — not their neighborhood — to define where they’re from. ...

Orthodox Rabbis Charged in Jewish Divorce Shakedown Plot
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

In a bizarre case involving threats of kidnapping, beatings, and physical torture — including the use of an electric cattle prod — two rabbis were charged in New Jersey in a scheme to force men to grant their ...

Water Initiatives Get Congregations to Pledge to Conserve
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, water has become more than a ritual element used in Christian baptismal rites or in Jewish and Muslim cleansing ceremonies. It has become a focus for worshippers seeking to go beyond water’ ...

N.J. Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Challenged in Federal Court
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

New Jersey’s newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates a licensed therapist’s obligation to “respect the rights of clients to make decisions,” according to a federal lawsuit f ...

Gov. Chris Christie, a Catholic, Tiptoes on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

As activists push states to recognize gay marriages, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — conservative Republican governor in a blue state and a 2016 presidential possibility — is walking a fine line between two e ...

Muslims Detail Fear from NYPD Spy Probe
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Muslim and civil rights organizations say a New York Police Department program to secretly monitor Islamic communities has created so much fear and suspicion among Muslims that many find it impossible to lead ...

Muslims Sue to Stop NYPD Spying Program
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Muslim civil rights activists are headed to court to end a New York City Police Department program that they say violates their constitutional rights by spying on Muslims based only on their religion. ...

Court Says Non-Jewish Man Can Sue for Anti-Semitic Remarks
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a man who alleges he endured anti-Semitic slurs can sue his former supervisors — even though he is not Jewish. A New Jersey appeals cour ...

FBI Says Muslims’ Trust is Broken by NYPD Spying
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

As friction over the New York Police Department's spying on New Jersey Muslims continues to grow, the state's top FBI officer said the uproar is damaging his agency's ability to gather important ...

Refugee Defies Deportation, Seeks Sanctuary at Church
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. — Saul Timisela was ordered to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark early on the morning of March 1 to be deported. Instead, the Indonesian Christian took sanctuary ...

N.J. Lawmakers Approve Gay Marriage, But Veto Looms
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

TRENTON, N.J. — Even as Gov. Chris Christie's threat of a "swift" veto looms, gay rights activists are celebrating after the state Assembly voted last week (Feb. 16) on a bill to legalize same-s ...

Gospel Great Marvin Winans to Lead Funeral for Whitney Houston
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — Grammy Award winner and longtime family friend Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy for Whitney Houston during her funeral Saturday (Feb. 18) at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, the chur ...

Hit the Hallelujah Button: With the Cathedral Choir from New Jersey
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification. Today: The Cathedral Choir of New Jersey. ...