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2015-08-25

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George Pell criticised by Catholic bishop as 'destroyer of unity' on child sex abuse
Retired bishop Geoffrey Robinson also criticises popes John Paul II and Francis for lack of leadership in church’s response to victims of child sex abuse.
 
2015-08-25

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British Muslim drag queen braves backlash to inspire gay community
Death threats are nothing new for Asif Quaraishi, but the gay Muslim hopes that a documentary about Muslim drag queens will encourage gay British Asians to come out of the closet rather than provoke a backlash against Britain's "hidden" community.
 
2015-08-25

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Egypt Sentences Muslim Brotherhood Leader to Life in Prison
Egypt's state-run news agency says Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and 16 others have been sentenced to life in prison on charges related to the killing of five people in an attack on a police station in 2013.
 
2015-08-25

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Arkansas Rejects Request for Hindu Statue at Capitol
The Arkansas secretary of state’s office has denied a request from the Universal Society of Hinduism to place a privately funded Hindu statue on Capitol grounds.
 
2015-08-25

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Scott Walker: There's a 'handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam'
When speaking about radical Islamic terrorism at a campaign stop Friday, Gov. Scott Walker noted that there are a "handful of reasonable and moderate followers of Islam."
 
2015-08-25

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The brutal fight of Bangladesh’s secular voices to be heard
Niloy Chakrabarti was only the latest atheist blogger to be hacked to death in the country this year. The government crackdown on ‘blasphemers’ has sent others into hiding. What is the future for the country’s liberal writers?
 
2015-08-20

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Slovakia will take in 200 Syrian refugees, but they have to be Christian
Here's a stark illustration of Europe's migration crisis: The Slovakian government recently announced that it would help share the burden of the influx of tens of thousands of migrants into Europe by taking in 200 Syrian refugees. That's a small number, but it was made all the more glaring by another stipulation — these refugees had to be Christian.
 
2015-08-20

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Mormon church makes first ever appointments of women to councils
The Utah-based faith group says three women will serve on committees that make key policy decisions for its 15 million worldwide members
 
2015-08-20

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Bangladesh Arrests Three Men Suspected of Killing Atheist Bloggers
Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested three suspected Islamic extremists carrying out the murders of two atheist bloggers, including a British national who authorities say was the “main planner” behind the attacks.
 
2015-08-20

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Catholic church in Scotland asks forgiveness from child abuse victims
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia pledges to make reparations and change practices after independent report accuses bishops of covering up crimes for decades
 
2015-08-20

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Most Utah Mormons want their church out of Boy Scouts, poll shows
If most Utah Mormons got their way, the LDS Church would split with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) — a program for male teens that has been part of the Utah-based faith for more than a century.
 
2015-08-20

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Muslims fear rising tide of Hindu nationalism in Modi’s India
Since India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power last year, the country's Muslims have expressed growing concerns about a spate of inflammatory statements made by Hindu nationalist leaders and activists.
 
2015-08-20

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God bless John Oliver: late-night comedian forms his own church
The Last Week Tonight host skewered the shady world of televangelism in a segment that ended with the establishment of Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption.
 
2015-08-20

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Top Texas official won't apologize for Muslim-bombing Facebook post
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller won't apologize for a shared post on his Facebook page that appears to suggest using an atomic bomb on the Muslim population, a spokesman for the Republican said Monday.
 
2015-08-16

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Islamic Scholars Call Muslims to Action on Climate Change
The Islamic Climate Change Declaration will be formally announced on Tuesday at an Istanbul summit organised by three religious-environmental groups, according to Bloomberg.
 
2015-08-16

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Oklahoma gun range declares ‘Muslim-free’ zone
A gun range in Oktaha, a small town near Muskogee, has joined a growing list of U.S. businesses that advertise themselves as "Muslim-free."
 
2015-08-16

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Beer and blood sacrifices: Meet the Caucasus pagans who worship ancient deities
On a mountaintop 2,250 metres above sea level in Pshavi, in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, Ioseb Kochlishvili is performing a pagan ritual.
 
2015-08-16

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Two suspects arrested in Bangladesh blogger murder case
Police detectives in Bangladesh’s capital arrested two suspected Muslim militants in the killing of a secular blogger last week in the fourth such deadly attack this year.
 
2015-08-16

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Georgia church allegedly bans 92-year-old woman for not tithing
According to WALB-TV, First African Baptist Church in Bainbridge sent Josephine King, who attended the church for five decades, a notice saying she "is no longer considered a member" because she "has shown non-support" financially and physically.
 
2015-08-16

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Church Attendance Held Against Under Armour Exec In Tax Domicile Case
It doesn’t seem like going to church should count against a taxpayer , but that is what happened last month in a decision of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Here is the story.
 
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