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2015-05-29

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Alberta 'creationist' finds 60m-year-old fish fossils
The Calgary Sun asked the "good-natured" Mr Nernberg if his find had affected his view that the earth was created 6,000 years ago. "No, it hasn't changed my mind. We all have the same evidence, and it's just a matter of how you interpret it," he told the paper.
 
2015-05-29

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Orthodox Jewish women driving ban unacceptable, says Nicky Morgan
A ban on women driving their children to school issued by a Jewish education institution is "unacceptable", Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says. Leaders of the ultra-Orthodox Belz sect in north London wrote to parents saying "no child will be allowed to learn in our school" if their mother drives.
 
2015-05-29

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'Eron the wizard': Crowds attend Wiccan funeral
Hundreds of people dressed as elves, druids and witches have attended a Wiccan funeral to mark the passing of "Eron the wizard". Ian Wilson, known as Eron, travelled the country as a white wizard "healing" people and practising paganism.
 
2015-05-29

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U.K.’s Methodist Church Apologizes for Sexual, Emotional Abuse Over Decades
Britain’s Methodist Church has made a public apology after a report detailed nearly 2,000 cases of alleged sexual and emotional abuse within the institution over more than 60 years.
 
2015-05-29

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Converting children unilaterally is un-Islamic, court told in Indira Gandhi case
Muslim convert Muhammad Riduan Abdullah’s conversion of his three Hindu children to Islam without obtaining their mother’s consent was invalid as it did not comply with Islamic law requirements, the Court of Appeal heard today.
 
2015-05-29

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Bangladesh Bans a Hard-Line Islamist Group Suspected of Killing Atheist Bloggers
Move comes days after 150 prominent writers from around the world released a joint letter condemning the killings.
 
2015-05-24

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Burma's birth control law exposes Buddhist fear of Muslim minority
Despite fierce campaigning by women rights groups and an international outcry, Burma has introduced a birth control law which opponents say is aimed at ethnic minorities. The controversial bill is one of four pieces of legislation driven by nationalist Buddhist monks who fear that the Muslim population is growing too quickly.
 
2015-05-24

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Nigerian Muslims Set Court Ablaze Over 'Insult' to Muhammad
Hundreds of rioting Muslims set a Shariah court ablaze Friday in Nigeria's northern Kano city, protesting its decision to free a cleric accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed.
 
2015-05-24

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Church in Ireland needs 'reality check' after gay marriage vote
One of Ireland's most senior Catholic clerics has called for the Church to take a "reality check" following the country's overwhelming vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
 
2015-05-23

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Indian man denied job for 'being Muslim'
Social media users and newspaper reports have severely criticised an Indian firm for refusing to hire a Muslim man because of his religion... "We regret to inform you that we only hire non-Muslim candidates," the firm said in an email reply to him.
 
2015-05-23

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Church of Scotland opens door for appointment of married gay ministers
General assembly’s vote in favour of change allowing appointment of ministers in a same-sex marriage follows decision to approve clergy in civil partnerships
 
2015-05-23

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Church of England to consider transgender naming ceremony
The Church of England is to debate plans to introduce a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition.
 
2015-05-23

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More Than 100 Charged In Mob Killing Of Christian Couple In Pakistan
Prosecutors in Pakistan's Punjab province have charged 106 people in connection with the gruesome mob killing of a Christian couple who were incinerated in a brick kiln for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Quran.
 
2015-05-23

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Another Christian college faces backlash for student-athlete policy on LGBT issues
LeTourneau University, a small college in Longview, Tex., has become the latest Christian school to face criticism over how it governs the behavior of its LGBT students.
 
2015-05-23

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Abuse victims seeking compensation told Catholic Church would endure long after they died, royal commission hears
Ballarat's Bishop Paul Bird told survivors seeking compensation that the Catholic Church would endure long after victims died and were forgotten, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.
 
2015-05-23

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Child sex abuse inquiry: Cardinal George Pell tried to bribe victim of paedophile to stay quiet, royal commission hears
Cardinal George Pell tried to bribe the nephew of paedophile Gerald Ridsdale to stay quiet about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his uncle, an inquiry has been told.
 
2015-05-20

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Google, YouTube win First Amendment fight over anti-Muslim video
Weighing in on a global controversy, a federal appeals court on Monday found that YouTube can't be forced to take down an anti-Muslim video that sparked worldwide protests, finding that such an order tramples on free speech rights.
 
2015-05-18

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'New Irish' Christians mobilise to vote no to gay marriage
Leaders in evangelical Christian community, which includes large numbers of immigrants, are urging their congregations to say no in historic referendum
 
2015-05-18

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French mayor suspended after calling for Islam to be banned
A French mayor has been suspended from his party after calling for the country to ban Islam. Robert Chardon, the UMP mayor of Venelles in southern France, tweeted: “The Muslim religion must be banned in France” and added that anyone practising the religion must be “immediately escorted to the border”.
 
2015-05-18

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Church of Scotland votes to allow gay ministers in civil partnerships
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain gay ministers who are in same sex civil partnerships.
 
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