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2016-07-26

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France church attack: Priest killed by two 'IS soldiers'
An 84-year-old priest was killed and four other people taken hostage by two armed men who stormed his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France. The two attackers, who said they were from the so-called Islamic State (IS), slit Fr Jacques Hamel's throat during a morning Mass, officials say.
 
2016-07-26

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Buddhist monk gets prison for stealing from temple to gamble
A Buddhist monk was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $260,000 from the Louisiana temple he led and gambling most of the money at a casino.
 
2016-07-26

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Slaughtered Cow Leads to More Vigilantism Accusations in India
Several people in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have been accused of beating several men suspected of slaughtering a cow, the authorities said, and three of the men who were beaten were briefly taken into custody on charges of cow slaughter, one of the men said.
 
2016-07-26

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Atheists sue over use of tax dollars relating to KC Baptist convention
A group of atheists is suing Kansas City officials over the planned use of $65,000 in tourism tax dollars for services related to a Baptist convention coming to Kansas City in September.
 
2016-07-26

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Egypt's Coptic Pope Warns of Increased Attacks on Christians
The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian church warned on Monday of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being "defaced."
 
2016-07-23

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Wikileaks emails: Democratic officials 'plotted to expose Bernie Sanders' as an atheist
The Democratic National Committee - a supposedly neutral organisation - apparently hatched a plan to try and undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign against Hillary Clinton by getting someone to claim he was an atheist.
 
2016-07-23

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Illinois pastor collared for breaking into rival church
What would Jesus do? Probably not this.
 
2016-07-23

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Campaign aims to register a million U.S. Muslims voters in anti-Trump move
U.S. Muslim leaders hope to register a million voters from within their community to help combat what they say is the anti-Muslim stance of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
 
2016-07-23

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Muslims for Trump speak up amid criticism
As most of the chosen delegates convene in Cleveland this week to crown Trump the 2016 Republican presidential candidate, some politically conservative Muslims throughout Illinois are affirming the party's choice, despite inflammatory remarks about their faith.
 
2016-07-23

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Mormon sues Arkansas car dealership, says he was harassed, fired because of faith
A former salesman at Randall Ford in Fort Smith has filed a lawsuit saying he was repeatedly harassed about his religious undergarments and fired because of his faith.
 
2016-07-18

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Pence 'very supportive' of latest version of Trump Muslim ban
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Friday he agrees with Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from countries with heavy terrorist activity from entering the U.S., a reversal from criticism he levied against the real estate mogul months ago.
 
2016-07-18

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Pensacola reacts to Satanic invocation
Between the chanting and the protests at Thursday's Pensacola City Council meeting, some are questioning why an opening prayer is still allowed at the meeting.
 
2016-07-18

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Alleged 'Satanic' killers win new trial
Twenty-one years after they were sentenced to life in prison for a murder that police and prosecutors claimed was Satanically inspired, the convictions of two men have been vacated.
 
2016-07-16

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Gingrich wants 'Sharia test' for US Muslims
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has suggested testing all US Muslims to see if they believe in Sharia, and deporting those who do.
 
2016-07-16

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Bangladesh mosques urged to give sermon against extremism
All 300,000 mosques in Bangladesh have been asked give a sermon against terrorism and extremism in their Friday prayers this week. The sermon, written by the state-run Islamic Foundation, condemns the "unjust killing of any human being". It also urges parents to protect their children from "brainwashing".
 
2016-07-15

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Republican Platform Calls for Repeal of Ban on Political Organizing by Churches
The new Republican platform, the GOP nominee told Falwell, calls for the repeal of a half-century-old tax law prohibiting churches and tax-exempt institutions from political organizing.
 
2016-07-15

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Staff walk out of school ceremony after Muslim pupil refuses to shake female teacher's hand
Five class heads made decision to leave after school refused to make pupil go home.
 
2016-07-15

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Campaign for ‘no-religion’ census answer hits advertising block at major shopping centres
The Atheist Foundation of Australia says Westfield and Stockland have denied the campaign advertising space because of fears the content may offend shoppers or investors.
 
2016-07-15

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Slick escape: polygamous sect leader uses olive oil to slip free of FBI tracker
A leader of the polygamous Utah sect of the Mormon church, who is facing federal fraud charges, escaped from a GPS tracking device using olive oil or another kind of lubricant, according to the FBI.
 
2016-07-15

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Anglican Church of Canada votes against same-sex unions
The Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted against authorizing same-sex marriages Monday after nearly a week of passionate debates about blessing such unions at the church’s triennial conference.
 
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