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2015-04-16

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Man returned from Syria 'planned to kill US soldiers'
A man who travelled to Syria to fight with an al-Qaeda affiliate has been charged over alleged plans to carry out a terror attack on the US military. Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, allegedly gained training with al-Nusra Front and was instructed by a radical cleric to carry out an attack in the US. Mr Mohamud allegedly told another man he wanted to kill American soldiers "execution-style" at a military base.
 
2015-04-16

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Migrants killed in 'religious clash' on Mediterranean boat
Italian police say they have arrested 15 Muslim migrants after they allegedly threw 12 Christians overboard following a row on a boat heading to Italy.
 
2015-04-16

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High-Profile S.F. Catholics Ask Pope to Remove Archbishop Cordileone
A group of 100 Catholics has issued a public appeal to Pope Francis I to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for promoting “an atmosphere of divisiveness and intolerance” in the San Francisco archdiocese.
 
2015-04-16

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Vatican Ends Battle With U.S. Catholic Nuns’ Group
The Vatican abruptly ended its takeover of the main leadership group of American nuns on Thursday, allowing Pope Francis to put to rest a confrontation started by his predecessor that had created an uproar among American Catholics who came to the sisters’ defense.
 
2015-04-16

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UK Prison Service Allowing Jihadi Book to Be Distributed to Inmates
The extreme views of a “racist, homophobe and anti-Semite”, who supports killing non-Muslims and “stoning adulterers” are being made available to prison imams and prisoners throughout England and Wales with the blessing of the authorities, according to a former adviser to the UK government.
 
2015-04-16

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How Christians Turned Against Gay Conversion Therapy
[L]ast week, when President Obama announced his support for a national ban on such therapies, few voices on the Christian right spoke up in protest. The announcement confirmed the evaporation of support for these approaches among the communities that once embraced them.
 
2015-04-16

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Liverpool FC to take action against man who branded praying Muslims ‘disgrace’
The club has said it received complaints after a man tweeted a picture of solicitors Asif Bodi and Abubakar Bhula worshipping during the half-time break at Liverpool’s FA Cup match against Blackburn Rovers on 8 March.
 
2015-04-16

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Turkey's Atheists Face Hostilities, Death Threats
In officially secular Turkey, whose population is 99 percent Muslim, atheists are voicing alarm about what they call increasing intolerance fueled by the country’s pro-Islamist government.
 
2015-04-15

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United Arab Emirates: Indian expat charged for insulting Islam on Facebook
A United Arab Emirates court has charged an Indian man over insulting Islam over Facebook. The 41-year-old Indian man, identified only as SG, allegedly posted comments last year after viewing a video depicting the violence in Iraq.
 
2015-04-15

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In France, lessons in secularism to confront radical Islam
The French government wants to send imams to classes in secularism and religious freedom as a measure to prevent home-grown extremism.
 
2015-04-15

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Christian Scientists granted immunity from no jab, no pay policy
Christian Scientists have been revealed as the only group able to object to vaccinations on religious grounds, under a new plan to restrict conscientious objections to immunisation.
 
2015-04-15

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Atheist exposes 'inequality' in jury selection process
Members of the public can avoid jury service by signing up for a nominal fee to be a 'minister' in an online church.
 
2015-04-15

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'Under God' will stay in district's Pledge of Allegiance after group drops fight
A group representing atheists has decided to end its attempt to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. The American Humanist Association allowed its 45-day window to appeal a Monmouth County Superior Court judge's ruling to pass, according to a report on APP.com. The group didn't say why it chose to stop its legal challenge.
 
2015-04-15

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Alleged discrimination by bank has Church of Bacon sizzling
Whiteside, who founded the United Church of Bacon, said a nearby bank refused to notarize his church document... Whiteside said the woman at the bank refused to notarize the document for no other reason than “discrimination against those who don’t believe in God.”
 
2015-04-15

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Mormon church joins other faiths in asking U.S. Supreme Court for same-sex marriage ban
The request comes as part of an "amicus," or "friend of the court," brief filed Friday ahead of arguments in a consolidated case from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that is scheduled for April 28, with a decision expected in June.
 
2015-04-15

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Judge: Hindu temple leader was 'heartless,' 'ruthless'
Annamalai was convicted in August on 34 felony charges, including bank fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors say Annamalai used the money to support a lavish lifestyle, including funneling money into bank accounts in India. They say he also concealed assets as he filed for bankruptcy for the Hindu Temple of Georgia in 2009. In all, officials say Annamalai stole more than $2 million from his followers and the Government.
 
2015-04-15

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UK one of world's least religious countries, survey finds
Two-thirds of global population have a faith but in UK 30% of people are religious compared with more than 90% in countries such as Thailand
 
2015-04-15

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Indian Political Party Advocates the Denial of Voting Rights for Muslims
A major Indian political party called for the voting rights of Muslims to be revoked in an editorial published Sunday, a statement that was slammed across the board and left its leadership red-faced and hastily backtracking.
 
2015-04-15

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Mormons’ Thailand temple project marks milestone for church
Nearly 50 years after Mormons first put down roots here, opening small outpost churches converting Buddhists, animists and other Thais, the fast-growing Utah-based faith has just announced plans to construct its first temple in Thailand, enabling their families to be “sealed” together for eternity, posthumous weddings for dead ancestors and other “highest sacraments.”
 
2015-04-13

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Police: Christian family band members in deadly parking lot brawl
Arizona investigators have released dramatic video of a Walmart parking lot brawl that left a police officer wounded, one man dead, and reportedly involved members of a Christian family band.
 
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