Oklahoma court favors church in Syrian torture lawsuit - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Oklahoma court favors church in Syrian torture lawsuit

Source RNN Source RNN

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A court has ruled that a man from Syria who says he was tortured in his home country after converting to Christianity has no legal recourse against an Oklahoma church that published his name and baptism online.

The former Muslim is identified in the lawsuit only as "John Doe." He says that after his baptism in 2012 he returned to Syria and was kidnapped and tortured by radical Muslims. He claims he escaped by killing a relative who aided his captors.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that courts must refrain from "undue interference with religious beliefs and practices." It upheld a lower court ruling that church autonomy bars the courts from considering the plaintiff's claim.

The man's attorney in Tulsa didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Trump promises Americans 'huge tax cut' for Christmas

    Trump promises Americans 'huge tax cut' for Christmas

    Monday, November 20 2017 3:30 AM EST2017-11-20 08:30:29 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 5:11 AM EST2017-11-21 10:11:31 GMT

    The provision would repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine but has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, whose vote the White House needs.

    The provision would repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine but has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, whose vote the White House needs.

  • Police: Woman confessed to putting babies in concrete in 90s

    Police: Woman confessed to putting babies in concrete in 90s

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 1:51 AM EST2017-11-21 06:51:08 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 5:07 AM EST2017-11-21 10:07:25 GMT

    The woman was quoted by police as saying she put the bodies into concrete from 1992 through 1997 because she had been too poor to raise them, but she had been filled with guilt over the years.

    The woman was quoted by police as saying she put the bodies into concrete from 1992 through 1997 because she had been too poor to raise them, but she had been filled with guilt over the years.

  • Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order

    Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order

    Monday, November 20 2017 9:50 PM EST2017-11-21 02:50:59 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:13 AM EST2017-11-21 09:13:28 GMT

    The judge said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

    The judge said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

Powered by Frankly