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2015-01-29

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‘Love jihad’ in India and one man’s quest to prevent it
Vijaykant Chauhan believes that, all over India, gangs of Muslims are seducing Hindu women and forcing them to convert to Islam – and he’s made it his mission to stop them.
 
2015-01-29

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Julianne Moore reveals she stopped believing in God after mother’s death
The Oscar nominee admitted that after her mother’s unexpected death in 2009, she no longer believed in a higher power. ‘There is no ‘there’ there,’ Moore said. ‘We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it.’
 
2015-01-29

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Activist’s acquittal unlikely to end church-directory fight at Athens courthouse
Eliot Kalman won’t be punished for pasting a First Amendment sticker over the church directory on the Athens County Courthouse. But this fight isn’t over. Those stickers could come back.
 
2015-01-29

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More church officials ordered to provide documents about alleged clergy abuse
A judge has ordered the New Ulm and Duluth Dioceses and a Catholic order to turn over documents about alleged clergy sex abuse. The two dioceses have refused to disclose some information that has been made public by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and other Catholic dioceses facing clergy abuse lawsuits.
 
2015-01-29

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Female Muslim converts drawn to Islamic State
In a recent study, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue estimated that of the 3,000 Western Europeans thought to have travelled to Syria and Iraq, about 500 were women.
 
2015-01-29

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German anti-Islam group PEGIDA loses second leader in a week
German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA looked in disarray on Wednesday, losing its second leader in a week when Kathrin Oertel, who took over after the founder quit for posing as Hitler, also resigned, and the group cancelled its next rally.
 
2015-01-29

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N.S. Supreme Court rules in favour of Christian university
Nova Scotia's law society doesn't have the authority to deny accrediting graduates from a Christian university because of the school's policy prohibiting sexual intimacy outside marriages between men and women, the province's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
 
2015-01-28

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Ancient skull adds new insight to story of human evolution
Anthropologists exploring Manot Cave in Israel have uncovered a rare 55,000-year-old fossil skull that they say has a story to tell of a reverberating transition in human evolution, in the time and place when some early humans were moving out of Africa and apparently interbreeding with Neanderthals.
 
2015-01-28

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Church plans 'Jesus the Homeless' statue in downtown Orlando
The bronze life-sized statue depicts a man sleeping on a park bench covered in a blanket, shrouded under a blanket. The faceless figure is nameless until it's given a second look. Crucifixion marks can be seen on the bare feet.
 
2015-01-28

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Egyptian poet goes on trial accused of contempt of Islam
A prominent Egyptian poet could face up to three years in jail over a Facebook post in which she criticized the slaughter of animals at a Muslim festival, a case which rights activists say shows how the government is muzzling free speech.
 
2015-01-28

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Who tells ISIS fighters they're doing god's work?
[Turki al-Binali], who has emerged as one of the extremists' leading ideologues, promotes a version of Islam that has been rejected, not only by mainstream religious authorities, but even by veteran jihadi clerics now increasingly out of touch with the new generation of radicals.
 
2015-01-28

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Canadian Muslim group funnelled $300K to Hamas-linked charity: Documents
One of the country's largest Muslim organizations gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Hamas-linked charity, and vocally supported an Egyptian Islamist group, QMI Agency has learned.
 
2015-01-28

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Ten Catholic priests charged with child sex abuse in Spain
Ten Spanish priests were charged with child sex abuse by a court in the city of Granada on Tuesday in a case that came to light after Pope Francis spoke to one of the victims last year, according to media reports. The Roman Catholic priests, along with two church workers, are suspected of sexually abusing four teenage boys between 2004 and 2007.
 
2015-01-28

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Mormon Church's shift on gay rights follows series of defeats in California
The pledge Tuesday by the Mormon Church to oppose housing and job discrimination against gays follows years of piercing church losses in California over gay rights, including one last week.
 
2015-01-28

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French artist withdraws prayer rug installation from show after threats from Muslim group
Curators ask Clichy’s mayor to support the display of Zoulikha Bouabdellah’s Silence or shut the exhibition down entirely
 
2015-01-28

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These are the religious beliefs of Europe’s leaders—including the atheists
According to Quartz’s analysis of news reports and public statements made by heads of government, there are at least three atheist leaders in Europe.
 
2015-01-28

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Celtic sea god statue theft 'hate crime on pagans'
A pagan priest has called on the PSNI to investigate the theft of a statue of a sea god as a hate crime.
 
2015-01-28

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Egypt’s War on Atheism
[T]ag teams of family, media and state are not uncommon in cases against atheists. Because atheism itself is not illegal in Egypt, charges are laid under laws against blasphemy or contempt for religion.
 
2015-01-28

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Mormon leaders appeal for balance of gay and religious rights
Mormon church leaders held a rare press conference Tuesday to back legislation that bars discrimination against gays in housing and employment, but also demanded laws that protect religious freedoms.
 
2015-01-28

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In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom
U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities.
 
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