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2015-02-25

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Saudi court gives death penalty to man who renounced his Muslim faith
n Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.
 
2015-02-25

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Religious groups back Muslim woman in U.S. high court scarf case
A Muslim woman denied a sales job at an Abercrombie & Fitch Co clothing store in Oklahoma because she wears a head scarf has won the support of Christians, Jews, Sikhs and fellow Muslims as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear her case.
 
2015-02-25

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Scores of Syrian Christians Kidnapped by Islamic State
Islamic State militants swept into several Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria in recent days, taking scores of hostages, including both civilians and fighters, according to numerous interviews with residents and representatives of the many factions fighting in the area.
 
2015-02-25

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Hindu Leader Is Criticized for Views on Mother Teresa
The head of a prominent Hindu organization came under criticism Tuesday for remarks he made about Mother Teresa, in which he said that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s service to the poor in India had been motivated by a desire to convert them to Christianity.
 
2015-02-25

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Lebanese satirist appears before prosecutor over Tweet deemed insulting to Islam but is let go
A Lebanese satirist appeared before a prosecutor in Beirut on Monday, after the country's top Sunni religious authority filed a judicial complaint against him for allegedly defaming Islam.
 
2015-02-25

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Top Cleric Calls for Educational Reform in Muslim World
The head of Sunni Islam’s most esteemed center of learning made one of the most sweeping calls yet for educational reform in the Muslim world to combat the escalation of extremist violence.
 
2015-02-25

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Church of England: Justin Welby says low pay 'embarrassing'
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said it is "embarrassing" that the Church of England pays some staff less than the living wage, despite calling on employers to pay at least that amount.
 
2015-02-25

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Judge OKs atheist's 'reason station' in city hall
If a church can have a prayer station inside city hall, then an atheist can have a reason station there, too. That's what a federal judge concluded today in ordering the city of Warren to allow an atheist man to set up a so-called "reason station" in the atrium at city hall, similar to the one his religious counterparts have.
 
2015-02-25

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Does Yoga Lead To Satanism? This Catholic Priest Thinks So
Father Roland Colhoun said that practicing yoga and receiving Indian head messages have spiritual risks in that those who do open themselves up to "Satan and the fallen angels." He cautioned that those who engage in yoga may be led into the "Kingdom of darkness."
 
2015-02-22

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Norway's Muslims and Jews link up to denounce extremist violence
Norwegian Muslims organised a peace vigil in Oslo on Saturday in a show of solidarity with Jews a week after fatal shootings in Denmark targeted a synagogue and free-speech seminar.
 
2015-02-22

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Idaho’s faith-healing debate pits child welfare against parental rights
Many of the nearly 600 people buried here were Followers of Christ — a Christian sect that believes in faith healing and does not allow members — including sick children — to see doctors or use modern medicine.
 
2015-02-22

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What ISIS really wants
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
 
2015-02-22

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Obama Must Confront the Threat of Radical Islam
ISIS is recruiting young Muslims from around the globe to Jihad, and the White House apparently doesn't understand why.
 
2015-02-22

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More Muslim groups voice willingness to combat extremism in their faith
Some Muslim reformers who have been struggling to combat radicalism in their mosques and communities have been willing to talk about the extremist ideologies they encounter.
 
2015-02-22

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German Catholic archdiocese reveals it's richer than Vatican
The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Cologne in Germany has disclosed it is worth 3.35 billion euros ($3.82 billion), making it richer than the Vatican.
 
2015-02-22

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French Catholics sue adultery website for encouraging affairs
Catholic groups launch legal action against extramarital dating website in country long reputed to turn a blind eye to extramarital affairs
 
2015-02-19

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Muslim scholar charged with sexual assault
A prominent Chicago area religious leader is facing allegations of sexual assault. Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, 75, was arrested Sunday and subsequently charged with sexually abusing a former employee.
 
2015-02-19

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Egypt jails student over Facebook atheism page
An Egyptian court has sentenced a student to one year in jail for insulting Islam and promoting atheism on a Facebook page, his lawyer and judicial sources said Wednesday.
 
2015-02-19

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Why Notre Dame’s curriculum review raises far-reaching Catholic identity questions
As the University of Notre Dame conducts its 10-year review of curriculum standards, a proposal to reconsider requiring students to take theology and philosophy courses is raising concerns that such a change could endanger the institution’s Catholic identity.
 
2015-02-19

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80% of Anti-Muslim Attacks in France Against Women, Says Report
80% of the anti-Muslim acts which occur in France are carried out against women a new report published today by Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, has revealed.
 
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