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2014-09-20

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China's war on terror becomes all-out attack on Islam in Xinjiang
Throughout Ramadan,police intensified a campaign of house-to-house searches, looking for books or clothing that betray “conservative” religious belief among the region’s ethnic Uighurs: women wearing veils were widely detained, and many young men arrested on the slightest pretext, residents say. Students and civil servants were forced to eat instead of fasting, and work or attend classes instead of attending Friday prayers.
 
2014-09-20

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Cape Town pro-gay mosque opens in South Africa
A Muslim academic has opened a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and fierce criticism from parts of the local Muslim community.
 
2014-09-20

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Pat Robertson infuriated over atheist Air Force oath victory
Televangelist Pat Robertson is furious that Air Force service members no longer have to swear an oath with the words “so help me God.” And he’s blaming “a little Jewish radical,” who Robertson claims “has just terrorized the armed forces.”
 
2014-09-20

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The Air Force Scandal Shows Secular Americans Still Need Equal Rights
Too many religious Americans are convinced they can't trust people who don't subscribe to a faith—it's time for the secular to make themselves known
 
2014-09-18

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Nigerian Healer’s Church Collapse Kills 67 South Africans
South African President Jacob Zuma said 67 of his country’s citizens died and scores more were injured when a church building owned by a faith healer known as T.B. Joshua collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city.
 
2014-09-18

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Air Force nixes 'so help me God' requirement in oaths
The Air Force has withdrawn a requirement that all airmen who take the oath of enlistment and officer appointment conclude with "so help me God," the service announced Wednesday. The Air Force previously allowed airmen to omit those words, but removed that option in October .
 
2014-09-16

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Hindu body calls for keeping Muslims out of garba events
Hindu organisations ... have made elaborate arrangements to keep Muslims in Godhra out of garba venues during the Navratri festival ... apparently to counter the bogey of “love jihad.”
 
2014-09-16

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Atheism has finally found its spiritual leader
Harris speaks to all “nones” when he goes where few atheists have dared to tread, taking a path more commonly walked by the likes of shamans and New Age gurus: he is telling us to meditate, stop being judgmental, and even take mind-altering drugs (within reason).
 
2014-09-16

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Tiny Indiana cross draws lawsuit threat from 2nd secular group
A second secular organization is threatening to sue Indiana over a small, but very controversial, cross sculpture at Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty.
 
2014-09-16

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Islamic State issues new school curriculum in Iraq
National history, literature, art, and evolution banned from school curriculum in Mosul, the largest city under the control of Isil militants, according to new decree.
 
2014-09-08

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Born again, again: how YA literature affirmed my faith and the Bible killed it
It was reading the Bible that killed off my faith. When I was 13, I decided that I was done being a dilettante – I read my own pink, dog-eared Bible cover-to-cover instead of sticking to the sections suggested by children’s guides to the Gospels. Rather than finding the Good Book a useful, affirming guide, it only raised frustrating questions. I was horrified by the violence and jealousy of the God of the Old Testament, but my mother assured me that our God, the God of the New Testament, was generous, loving and forgiving.
 
2014-09-08

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New videos reveal There Is No God in Scientology
“David Miscavige who has run the Church of Scientology for three decades is a corrupt evil psychopath responsible for the deaths of many people who, like my own son, succumbed to oppression. This blog has been established to protect the public by blowing a whistle of fire on COS [Scientology] corruption, exposing their crimes and atrocities.”
 
2014-09-07

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Anjem Choudary: the British extremist who backs the caliphate
"From what I understand from people living there, they have security, schools are now being set up where their children are taught about Islam, and they have the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. They don't see in the public arena things like alcohol, drugs, gambling, these kinds of vices. They've been completely wiped out. I think in many respects it's the kind of society I'd love to live in with my family. Many people I know think the same.
 
2014-09-07

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Busted! German police arrest “Sharia Police” vigilantes trying to enforce Islamic law
"Any conduct that intimidates, provokes or makes people insecure will not be tolerated. These 'Sharia Police' have no legitimacy," Police Chief Birgitta Radermacher said.
 
2014-09-05

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Baptism-for-residency policy backfires on the Dutch
GAVE lobbied for the new policy but now worries that some asylum seekers are requesting baptism only for the purpose of obtaining a residence permit, not because they have sincerely converted to Christianity.
 
2014-09-05

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U.S. Airman Denied Reenlistment For Omitting 'So Help Me God,' Humanist Group Claims
"reciting 'So help me God' in the reenlistment and commissioning oaths is a statutory requirement." He said an October 2013 amendment to Air Force Instruction "no longer authorized [airmen] to omit the words 'So help me God.'” Hoyler did not respond to a request to confirm whether the service member was denied reenlistment, and if so, whether it was due to the omission of the "So help me God" clause.
 
2014-09-03

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Christian Beaten, Tortured and Killed by ISIS for Refusing to Convert to Islam
Ankawa.com reported on Tuesday that the 43-year-old man, Salem Matty Georgis, remained in the Syriac Christian town of Bartella after it was captured by ISIS on August 7. A relative said that the man was suffering from heart disease and could not leave the town with his family because of his illness.
 
2014-09-03

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‘Remarkable’: Researcher Discovers 1,500-Year-Old Christian Charm — and the Papyrus Reveals Some Fascinating Details
“Fear you all who rule over the earth. Know you nations and peoples that Christ is our God,” the papyrus reads. “For he spoke and they came to being, he commanded and they were created; he put everything under our feet and delivered us from the wish of our enemies.” It continues,”Our God prepared a sacred table in the desert for the people and gave manna of the new covenant to eat, the Lord’s immortal body and the blood of Christ poured for us in remission of sins.
 
2014-09-03

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Governor Defies Atheists and Defends Christian Cross Monument: ‘Freedom of Religion Does Not Require Freedom From Religion’
“No secular purpose, no matter how sincere, will detract from the overall message that the Latin cross stands for Christianity and the overall display promotes Christianity,” wrote Rebecca S. Markert, an attorney with the atheist group.
 
2014-09-03

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Amnesty International charges Islamic State with ethnic cleansing
"The group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) has carried out ethnic cleansing on a historic scale in northern Iraq. IS has systematically targeted non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslim communities, killing or abducting hundreds, possibly thousands, and forcing more than 830,000 others to flee the areas it has captured since 10 June 2014. Ethnic and religious minorities have lived together in the Nineveh province; today, only those who were unable to flee remain trapped there, under threat of death if they do not convert to Islam."
 
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