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2014-11-26

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Battle brewing over Cherokee Co. nativity scene
A battle is brewing in Cherokee County over the use of a nativity scene on the lawn of the courthouse in downtown Rusk. Daniel Ross, a humanist that lives in Jacksonville, said he does not believe it is right to not allow for other beliefs to be displayed at the courthouse.
 
2014-11-26

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Pope Francis: Don't shut door to dialogue with Islamic State
The door should not be shut on dialogue with Islamic State insurgents, even though it is "almost impossible", Pope Francis says.
 
2014-11-26

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Christian group tells county not to remove sign for churches
Members of the Athens Christian Education Committee, the group that maintains the Church Directory sign outside the Athens County Courthouse, met with the Athens County Commissioners Tuesday to voice opposition to the directory's removal.
 
2014-11-26

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Atheist group concerned over plans to restore Carrauntoohill cross
Atheist Ireland is voicing concern about the reinstatement of a cross at the summit of Carrauntoohill...The cross on the county Kerry mountain was cut down last weekend in an incident which Atheist Ireland has condemned.
 
2014-11-21

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Group seeks change so ex-Mormons can stay at BYU
If you lose or change your Mormon faith at Brigham Young University, you get expelled — much to the dismay of some former students who are pushing to alter that policy.
 
2014-11-21

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German Court Backs Catholic Clinic on Dismissal
Germany's highest court has overturned a ruling that a Catholic-run hospital wrongly dismissed a senior doctor for remarrying.
 
2014-11-21

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Confluence of religion and politics: Extremism on the rise in Indonesia
A new AI report claims Indonesia is making use of 'oppressive' blasphemy laws to jail people for their beliefs. Analyst Robin Bush talks to [Deutsche Welle] about why the country is witnessing a rise in religious intolerance.
 
2014-11-18

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Mormons change rules to allow moms, divorced women to teach religion
Until now, if you were a Mormon woman hired to teach at an church seminary for high schoolers or an institute for college students, the moment your first child showed up, you lost your job. If you were divorced but happily married a second time — even for decades — you could not be considered for either position. On Friday (Nov. 14), both those policies were reversed.
 
2014-11-18

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6 reasons why religion does more harm than good
Most British people think religion causes more harm than good according to a survey commissioned by the Huffington Post. Surprisingly, even among those who describe themselves as “very religious” 20 percent say that religion is harmful to society.
 
2014-11-15

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Sikh student sues US army over rules that 'violate his religious beliefs'
The sophomore at Hofstra University in New York cannot join the army’s training corps for students unless he removes his turban, shaves and cuts his hair.
 
2014-11-15

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Growing religious persecution 'a threat to everyone'
Across much of the globe, at the start of the 21st Century, religion is once again a matter of life and death - quite literally in Iraq and Syria, while elsewhere, admitting or defending your faith can land you in jail.
 
2014-11-12

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Former Christian Minister: Why I Left Christianity and Started an Atheist Church
Teresa MacBain helps nontheists build church-like communities with social support and rituals that appeal to many religious adherents.
 
2014-11-12

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Indonesia Drafts Religion Legislation to 'Protect All Faiths'
The Indonesian government says it is drafting new legislation to protect citizens of all faiths in the world's largest Muslim majority nation.
 
2014-11-12

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MCPS Removes All References to Religion on School Calendar
Next year’s Montgomery County schools’ calendar will list days off of school but will not associate those days with specific religious holidays.
 
2014-11-12

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Air Force updates religious expression rules
The Air Force approved an update to its rules governing religious expression Nov. 7. MRFF President Mikey Weinstein said that the language opens the door to discrimination and unwanted proselytization in the Air Force.
 
2014-11-09

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Row over religious education in schools
A row broke out last night between a Free Church minister and a group of atheists over a call to reform the way religion is taught in schools.
 
2014-11-09

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Fossil offers clues to evolution of mammals
Paleontologists searching for fish fossils on Madagascar four years ago came upon what proved to be a well-preserved cranium of a mammal that lived 66 million to 70 million years ago, in the closing epoch of the mighty dinosaurs.
 
2014-11-09

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Turkey accused of ignoring destruction of Christian sites
In some cases, Turkey’s ruling AK Party, a moderate Islamist movement popular with millions of conservative Turks, has been charged with turning a blind eye to the destruction of Christian sites.
 
2014-11-09

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Pope Francis warns 'lukewarm Christians': The Lord will 'vomit you from [his] mouth'
Pope Francis warned there are too many people who live their lives as Christians in name only, and that such 'false' Christians are merely Pagans and “enemies of the Cross."
 
2014-11-09

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Blasphemy accused couple was tortured before being murdered
The six-year-old son of the Christian couple burnt to death over alleged blasphemy has said that his parents were tortured, tied to a tractor and dragged in the neighborhood before being thrown in a kiln.
 
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