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2015-07-29

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Central Asia crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash
Authorities in Central Asia's former Soviet "stans" are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam, but their harsh methods and the absence of democratic politics risk provoking a backlash that could bring even greater instability.
 
2015-07-29

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The Evolution of Modern Satanism in the United States
The unveiling of a statue in Detroit has garnered fresh headlines for Satanism
 
2015-07-29

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Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Leaders, Over Protests by Mormon Church
The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its ban on openly gay adult leaders. But the new policy allows church-sponsored units to choose local unit leaders who share their precepts, even if that means restricting such positions to heterosexual men. Despite this compromise, the Mormon Church said it might leave the organization anyway.
 
2015-07-29

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Atheist inmate wins right to practice his faith in Oregon federal prison (and celebrate Darwin Day)
An Oregon prisoner who accused the U.S. Bureau of Prisons of not giving humanist inmates the same accommodations as other faiths has won formal recognition of his beliefs and the right to organize atheists on the inside.
 
2015-07-29

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Irish muslim leaders hold anti-ISIS protest in Dublin
Muslims from across Ireland gathered in Dublin this afternoon to protest the brutal actions of ISIS. They say that the terrorist acts committed by Islamic State do not reflect the views of their religion.
 
2015-07-29

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Catholic Church leaves Antarctica
The Catholic Church's time in Antarctica has come to an end after a 57-year history as the number of church goers dwindles.
 
2015-07-24

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Australian Muslim leader blasts government's deradicalization drive
A prominent Australian Muslim leader criticized the government's $1 billion program to deradicalize Muslim youths on Wednesday, saying it put too much emphasis on law enforcement and not enough on factors that drive young people to fight overseas.
 
2015-07-24

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Pakistan Stays Death Sentence of Christian Woman Convicted of Blasphemy
Pakistan’s Supreme Court said Wednesday it would hear an appeal from Aasia Noreen, popularly known as Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Bibi’s lawyer Saif-ul-Malook said the court had stayed her death sentence until the appeal, Reuters reported.
 
2015-07-24

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A Find in Britain: Quran Fragments Perhaps as Old as Islam
On Wednesday, researchers at the University of Birmingham revealed the startling finding that the fragments appeared to be part of what could be the world’s oldest copy of the Quran, and researchers say it may have been transcribed by a contemporary of the Prophet Muhammad.
 
2015-07-24

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Church takes on state: Newark Archdiocese sues Christie administration over new headstone law
In a legal clash between church and state, the Archdiocese of Newark has filed suit against Gov. Chris Christie's administration, saying a recently enacted law unfairly bars New Jersey's Catholic cemeteries from marketing headstones and private mausoleums to the public.
 
2015-07-24

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Yazidis Say They Are Being Targeted for Christian Conversion
Christian relief organizations are being accused of exploiting aid to proselytize and convert Yazidi refugees in Iraq’s Kurdistan, promising them it will increase their chance of securing visas to the West.
 
2015-07-20

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Atheists greet crowd arriving at Christian conservative cattle call
Group sought to convince Republicans that their rhetoric was pushing away atheist voters
 
2015-07-20

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Church youth group leader charged with sex with 13-year-old girl
A church youth group leader was arrested in Montgomery County for having sex with a 13-year-old girl...The girl became close with Belarmino in February and started dating him in April, police said in a statement, which also said Belarmino was aware that the girl was 13.
 
2015-07-20

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Bombings blamed on Boko Haram kill dozens on Muslim holiday
Suicide bombs have killed at least 64 people in multiple blasts in the northeastern towns of Gombe and Damaturu, officials said Friday, scaring people into staying home during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr celebration.
 
2015-07-20

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Suspected Gunman Blogged About Islam Before Tennessee Shootings: Report
The 24-year-old man accused of gunning down four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, blogged on Monday that "life is short and bitter" and Muslims should not miss an opportunity to "submit to Allah," according to an organization that tracks extremist groups.
 
2015-07-20

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Icelandic Pagans Defend Gay Rights Support
The leader of the Ásatrú pagan religion in Iceland has revealed the organization’s welcoming stance towards minorities—especially gay people—has been causing controversy overseas.
 
2015-07-20

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Advocates protest slow pace of Bergen Catholic talks over sex-abuse settlement
Men who say they were victims as children of clergy sexual abuse are protesting Bergen Catholic High School’s response to their claims against two Christian Brothers who they allege molested them in the 1960s and 1970s.
 
2015-07-13

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MHP removes Halaçoğlu from office after remarks on CHP’s ‘atheism’
[Turkey's] Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has stripped one of its deputy parliamentary group chairs of his post days after controversial remarks in which he intimated that the public views the Republican People’s Party (CHP) as “irreligious and non-believing.”
 
2015-07-13

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Lawsuit Alleges Discrimination Against Shiite Muslim at Harlem Hospital
[S]everal years after her Shiite Muslim faith helped inspire Shojae to graduate, it made her the target of workplace bullying—by other Muslims—that went so far as to put patients’ lives in jeopardy, she alleges in a new federal lawsuit.
 
2015-07-09

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Sikh postman 'wins turban battle with Disney'
A Sikh postman at Disney World has won his fight over claims he'd been made to work away from customers so they wouldn't see his beard and turban.
 
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