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2014-10-29

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Christians of Mosul Find Haven in Jordan
When fighters from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, stormed into Mosul, the Jordanian government threw open the country to Iraq’s Christians despite rising tensions in Jordan over waves of Syrian refugees whose presence has increasingly burdened ill-prepared communities.
 
2014-10-29

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Methodist pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination
A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. The Judicial Council of the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not promise never to perform another same-sex wedding.
 
2014-10-29

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Confused vandals target Sikh temple
Confused vandals have sprayed anti-Muslim graffiti at a Sikh temple in Perth's northern suburbs overnight.
 
2014-10-29

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Christian Bale: Moses was 'barbaric' and 'schizophrenic'
Christian commentators alarmed by actor’s comments and by Exodus director Ridley Scott saying he needed a ‘more scientific’ explanation for the parting of Red Sea than divine intervention
 
2014-10-29

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Germany warns security situation 'critical' due to radical Islam
Radical Islam poses a critical security threat to Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned on Tuesday, saying the number of people capable of staging attacks in the country stood at an all-time high.
 
2014-10-29

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Stephen King: ‘Religion is a dangerous tool … but I choose to believe God exists’
Stephen King, whose forthcoming novel Revival features a Methodist minister who condemns his faith after a horrific accident, has described organised religion as “a very dangerous tool that’s been misused by a lot of people”... Nevertheless, said the bestselling novelist, he chooses to believe in God “because it makes things better."
 
2014-10-28

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Britain’s PM David Cameron Unveils Encyclopedia of Hinduism
British Prime Minister David Cameron held a Diwali party in London to launch the new Encyclopedia of Hinduism, as his Conservative Party attempts to strengthen relations with the country’s large Indian community ahead of national elections next year.
 
2014-10-28

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Evangelical Church Grapples With Growth of Gay Rights
As advocates for same-sex marriage celebrate a series of legal victories and Pope Francis strikes a softer tone toward gays, the most-conservative quarters of the American evangelical Christian movement are wrestling with how to respond to a dramatically shifting legal and cultural landscape.
 
2014-10-28

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Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and God isn't 'a magician with a magic wand'
Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
 
2014-10-28

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Non-Christians Need Not Apply
Ken Ham’s creationist theme park is already in trouble... His utterly predictable offense? Using taxpayer money to discriminate on the basis of religion.
 
2014-10-27

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'Satanist' claims he destroyed Ten Commandments statue in Oklahoma
Secret service says suspect taken to mental health facility after he told authorities he urinated on monument at Satan’s behest
 
2014-10-27

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Ottawa Gunman’s Radicalism Deepened as Life Crumbled
A loner. A drug addict. A criminal. A drifter. And lately, an Islamic radical. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the bearded, 32-year-old gunman who was shot dead Wednesday after killing a soldier and storming Canada’s Parliament, aptly fit each of those descriptions.
 
2014-10-27

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Religion creeping into Marion County School Board District 4 race
Religion is creeping into a Marion County School Board race in an unusual manner. In February during off-topic remarks, incumbent Angie Boynton looked directly into the camera and said "she cannot bow down to Islam." Chase Basinger, her challenger for the District 4 seat on the School Board, has introduced to the campaign his views on homosexuality and abortion.
 
2014-10-27

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Minority Religions in the Middle East Under Threat, Need Protection
For his book, Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms, former British and UN diplomat Gerard Russell spent several years traveling to remote corners of the Middle East where [minority] faiths hang on.
 
2014-10-27

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Godless millennials could end the political power of the religious right
America is becoming less Christian because young people are less religious. That’s not blessed news for conservatives.
 
2014-10-22

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Mormons explain their sacred undergarments
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants to clear something up: The "temple garment" that devout adult Mormons wear is not "magic underwear."
 
2014-10-22

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Pakistan court upholds blasphemy death sentence
A Pakistani court has upheld the death sentence of a Christian woman whose 2010 conviction for blasphemy led to the assassination of two politicians who supported her, a defense lawyer said on Friday.
 
2014-10-22

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Canadian soldier killed by convert to Islam in hit and run
Terrorist ideology inspired a recent convert to Islam to drive his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one, before he was shot dead by police, authorities said on Tuesday.
 
2014-10-20

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Catholic synod: Gay rights groups 'disappointed'
Catholic gay rights groups say they are disappointed after bishops rejected proposals for wider acceptance of gay people, which had the Pope's backing.
 
2014-10-20

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Activist Dan Barker talks about freedom from religion
Barker, one of the co-presidents and founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, visited the ISU free speech zone on Oct. 17 to talk to students about the separation between church and state.
 
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