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2014-10-17

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Rabbi charged with voyeurism hid camera in clock-radio in ritual bath, police report says
The rabbi was charged with six counts of voyeurism and faces up to six years in prison.
 
2014-10-17

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Bangladesh police foil plot to kill ‘atheist’ academic
Bangladesh police said Thursday they had foiled an attempt by suspected Islamic militants to murder an “atheist” school teacher in the capital, amid concerns a banned outfit is reforming.
 
2014-10-17

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İzmir provincial education authority pledges to expel ‘communist, atheist teachers’
Threatening statements issued by a provincial education official against “communist and atheist teachers” have prompted an opposition lawmaker to ask Turkey’s education minister whether the official’s suspension is being considered.
 
2014-10-17

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Religion's role in Northern Ireland politics
Tony Blair's spin doctor Alastair Campbell once famously said: "We don't do God." But in Northern Ireland, it can feel like God is a political player.
 
2014-10-13

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Crime-fighting London Jews claim model for Muslim cooperation
The unusual sight of crime-fighting Orthodox Jews pounding the streets of a tough London neighbourhood after dark has captured the attention of grateful locals, but their ongoing protection of local Muslims has seen their profile go global.
 
2014-10-13

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Universities need atheism, humanism and secularism
Students from across Scotland will hear from MSPs and human rights advocates in a free convention for atheist, humanist, and secularist students
 
2014-10-12

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Salman Rushdie: 'Jihadi cool' language luring Britons to Islamic State
Renowned author Salman Rushdie blamed what he termed "jihadi cool" language for drawing British Muslims to join Islamic State, saying this "hate-filled religious rhetoric" is the most dangerous weapon in the world today.
 
2014-10-12

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In Britain, Islamist extremist Anjem Choudary proves elusive
As British war planes arc through Middle Eastern skies and security services race to unravel terrorist plots at home, the nation’s most prominent propagandist for the Islamic State sits in a London sweets shop, laying out his radical vision between bites of dessert.
 
2014-10-12

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Iranian atheist begs: 'Don't send me back home ... I'll be killed'
The nephew of a former Iranian deputy defence minister who has become a prominent and outspoken atheist in Scotland has made a desperate appeal not to be returned to his homeland, claiming his life is now at risk as he will be seen as a "traitor of Islam".
 
2014-10-11

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Malala Yousafzai a Polarizing Figure in Her Homeland
Two years and a day after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head on a school bus full of children, the Nobel committee in Oslo named Malala Yousafzai the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. But while her victory was celebrated around the world, in Yousafzai's home country of Pakistan her public image is more complicated.
 
2014-10-11

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2 brothers, both priests, accused of parish thefts
A popular Catholic priest in Plymouth was removed Thursday as law enforcement officials investigate whether he improperly used parish funds — just as his brother, also a priest, is accused of doing at a Troy parish.
 
2014-10-11

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Gay rights groups praise new tone of welcome from bishops
Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward homosexuals, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to bishops debating family issues at a Vatican meeting this week.
 
2014-10-06

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Atheist group voices opposition to sheriff's award
An atheist group said a medal handed out by the Humphreys County sheriff violates the First Amendment. The medal was designed by Davis and one of his captains. Etched in it are what Davis called the "five C's." "You got Christ, commitment, compassion, courage and communication," he said.
 
2014-10-06

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Methodist clergy escape sanctions over gay wedding
Dozens of United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia will face no discipline for breaking church law, but acknowledge they could be punished if they do it again, according to a settlement announced by the denomination.
 
2014-10-06

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Jim Wells: NI health minister 'will not abandon religious beliefs' in policies
Northern Ireland's new health minister has said he will not abandon his religious principles when making policy on issues like abortion and alcohol.
 
2014-10-04

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‘Miracle’ draws hundreds of visitors to Jain temple
All through Saturday, the Chhoti Dadabari Jain temple in South Extension saw a steady stream of visitors coming to observe a "miracle" they had heard of on phone and WhatsApp. A marble carving of a Jain saint's feet, known as "charan pratishtha", was said to be releasing saffron water.
 
2014-10-04

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Camp fliers in schools prompt complaint
A secular organization has sent a protest letter to the Park County School District over fliers handed out in Livingston schools for a church-sponsored camp called “Connecting Kids with God’s Great Outdoors.”
 
2014-10-04

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Religious symbols in classroom stir dispute in Peoria schools
A debate over separation of church and state is playing out in the Peoria Unified School District, where a teacher was told to remove religious symbols from her classroom after a complaint by the national Freedom From Religion Foundation.
 
2014-10-04

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Hector Avalos: The “True Religion” Trap
The first problem is that President Obama believes he can identify the “true” version of a religion... The second problem is that such a claim perpetuates an orthodox-heterodox model of a religion that historically has been the cause of much religious conflict.
 
2014-10-02

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British Muslim girls: 'We’re sick to death of these 'jihadi brides’ going to Syria – it’s disgusting'
As a 15-year-old schoolgirl leaves the UK to join the Islamic State in Syria, Radhika Sanghani speaks to the young British Muslim women who can't comprehend what their 'sisters' are doing
 
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