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2016-05-05

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'Sharia police' who patrolled German city of Wuppertal in orange vests to face trial
Düsseldorf state court said on Tuesday that eight of the nine accused men can face trial on the grounds of "violating laws against wearing uniforms with political messages." The decision overturned a ruling by Wuppertal district court last December, in which the judge said the behavior of accused Islamist preacher Sven Lau did not amount to a "criminal violation of the ban on uniforms."
 
2016-05-01

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'You're a sinner': how a Mormon university shames rape victims
Rape survivors at Brigham Young University, considered the ‘Mormon Harvard’, face penalties under its strict honor code. Now they’re fighting back
 
2016-05-01

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Pagan prisoners to be allowed robes, incense and tarot cards behind bars
Pagan prisoners incarcerated in Britain are to win the right to use wands, tarot cards and incense to conduct their worship, according to new government guidance.
 
2016-04-28

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Bangladesh Jails 2 Hindu Teachers for Insulting Islam
A court has jailed two teachers in southern Bangladesh for making derogatory comments about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, invoking a rare law from the British colonial era that makes insulting any religion a crime.
 
2016-04-25

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Rezaul Karim Siddique: Murdered Bangladeshi professor 'not an atheist', daughter says
The daughter of a Bangladeshi professor who was hacked to death in a murder echoing the killing of several secularists says he was not an atheist. So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the death of Rezaul Karim Siddique, who was killed on Saturday. A statement from the militant group accused him of "calling to atheism".
 
2016-04-25

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Atheist pastor sparks debate by 'irritating the church into the 21st century'
Can a minister in a Christian church be an atheist? That’s the question facing the United church of Canada as it wrestles with the case of Gretta Vosper.
 
2016-04-25

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West Suburban Pastor Charged With Sexually Abusing Child in Church
Ralphael J. Robinson, 39, is a pastor at Kingdom Church, located in the 100 block of South Lincolnway in North Aurora. Authorities allege that he sexually abused a victim under the age of 18 that he knew at the church on April 18.
 
2016-04-20

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Rape victim could be punished under Brigham Young University’s ‘honor code’
Students protest over case of sophomore Madi Barney, who publicly revealed she was raped and then punished for violating the Mormon school’s bylaws.
 
2016-04-20

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Appeals court says Kansas science classes don't promote atheism
A federal appeals court has rejected a nonprofit group's claim that science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism.
 
2016-04-20

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Catholic sex abuse scandal hits unlikely country
The Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the least Catholic countries: Japan, where former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago.
 
2016-04-19

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Muslim man can not circumcise his sons without their permission, High Court judge rules
A devout Muslim has failed to persuade a High Court judge to rule that his sons should be circumcised. The man, who was born in Algeria but lives in England, argued that circumcision would be in accordance with his "Muslim practice and religious beliefs" - and in the youngsters' best interests.
 
2016-04-19

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Officers try to stop Muslim youth from radicalizing
When towns across Belgium started seeing alarming rates of young men leaving to fight in Syria, lawmakers offered a very Belgian solution — put a public servant on it.
 
2016-04-19

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Noah's Ark theme park to search for all-Christian staff
The Ark Encounter, a theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky, modeled on the biblical tale of Noah's Ark, will soon be hiring, but non-Christians need not apply.
 
2016-04-19

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Groups sue Antelope Valley school district over atheist scholarships
Two groups are suing the Antelope Valley Union High School District for allegedly not informing students about scholarships aimed at non-religious students.
 
2016-04-17

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Islam not compatible with German constitution, says AfD party
The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) said on Sunday Islam is not compatible with the German constitution and vowed to press for bans on minarets and burqas at its party congress in two weeks' time.
 
2016-04-16

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Utah Town to Memorialize Paiutes Massacred by Mormons
A Utah town will erect a memorial to 30 men, women and children from the Paiute tribe who were slaughtered by Mormon settlers 150 years ago.
 
2016-04-14

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Millennial Mormons leaving faith at higher rate than previous generations
Research shows Mormon millennials are becoming more Republican than their parents, but leaving the faith in larger numbers than previous generations.
 
2016-04-14

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60-year-old Christian woman caned for selling alcohol in unprecedented Sharia law case
The elderly woman was whipped nearly 30 times with a rattan cane in Indonesia, the first such punishment handed to a non-Muslim.
 
2016-04-14

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French premier favors Muslim headscarf ban at universities
France's prime minister says he'd favor a ban on Muslim headscarves in universities, prompting criticism from within his own government.
 
2016-04-14

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Top Clinton aide on newly released Islamic State kill list
The Islamic State Wednesday featured several prominent Moderate Muslims on a hit list in its terror magazine, including top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
 
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