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2016-09-25

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Jordan writer in blasphemy case Nahid Hattar killed
A Jordanian writer charged with offending Islam after allegedly sharing a satirical cartoon on his Facebook page has been killed...Jordanian media said [the shooter] was local imam who had been upset by the cartoon.
 
2016-09-24

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Satanic Temple finds home at site of former Massachusetts witch trials
The new international headquarters for the Satanic Temple, which says its mission is to promote separation of church and state not devil worship, opened to the public on Thursday in a Massachusetts city known historically for persecuting witches accused of being possessed by the devil.
 
2016-09-24

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Waterloo atheist honored after City Council invocation
A local atheist activist has won a national award after delivering the first secular invocation at a Waterloo City Council meeting earlier this year. Justin Scott, who now lives in Denver, was one of four winners of the 2016 “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” competition held by the national Freedom From Religion Foundation.
 
2016-09-24

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Atheist minister moves closer to defrocking as formal hearing requested
A United Church minister has moved one step closer to potentially losing her job over her avowed atheism and disavowal of the Bible.
 
2016-09-19

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Church homosexuality talks 'to remain private'
A homosexuality debate by Church of England bishops will remain private to allow views to "deepen and flourish", the new Bishop of Oxford has said.
 
2016-09-19

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Survey Shows Muslims Integrated, But a Minority at Odds with Secular France
French Muslims are broadly comfortable with their nation’s secular crede, but a significant minority have deeply conservative and sometimes hostile views about the French state and society, with more than one-quarter believing Islam’s Sharia law supersedes state laws, according to a new study by the Paris-based Montaigne Institute.
 
2016-09-19

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Source: Minnesota attacker asked victims if they were Muslim
A federal law enforcement source tells CBS News that the deceased suspect in a Minnesota mall attack that wounded eight Saturday, was asking people if they were Muslim and stabbing those who said they were not.
 
2016-09-18

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Hillary Clinton Courts Muslim Voters In Swing States
Hillary Clinton's campaign is making a national effort to court Muslims this election season. The efforts are mainly concentrated towards Muslim voters in swing states.
 
2016-09-18

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How to Fight Extremism with Atheism
How a new form of atheism can combat jihadists who wish to end the world.
 
2016-09-18

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Maine inmate sues Catholic bishop over alleged abuse
A Maine State Prison inmate serving a 60-year sentence for the 1986 murder of his grandfather has sued the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland for sexual abuse he says he suffered at the hands of two priests, dating back to the late 1970s.
 
2016-09-16

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Catholic Church, charities regulator in brawl over possible political campaigning
The charities regulator has threatened the tax-free status of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) after it urged parents not to vote for the Greens at the federal election.
 
2016-09-16

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Life after Scientology is contentious for church leader's father
After leaving the Church of Scientology and its secretive international base in the desert, Ronald Miscavige Sr. settled into small-town life in Wisconsin, his 40-year ties to the religion cut once and for all. Or so he thought,
 
2016-09-16

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Republican hold on Mormon voters slips with Trump as nominee
[A] Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday...found that 48 percent of Mormon registered voters now describe themselves as Republican — down from 61 percent four years ago when Mitt Romney, a Mormon himself, was the party's presidential nominee.
 
2016-09-16

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Muslim woman set on fire in New York not targeted due to faith: police
New York police investigating an attack in which a Muslim woman's clothing was set alight are no longer probing the case as a hate crime after linking the suspects to similar assaults on non-Muslims, authorities said on Wednesday.
 
2016-09-11

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U.S. remembers victims 15 years after 9/11 attacks
Americans prepared to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on Sunday with the recital of the names of the dead, tolling church bells and a tribute in lights at the site where New York City's twin towers tumbled.
 
2016-09-11

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Appeals court rejects Michigan woman's lawsuit over Catholic hospital care
A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a woman's appeal in a lawsuit that alleged a Roman Catholic hospital in Michigan denied her adequate treatment during a painful miscarriage because of a policy banning even the discussion of abortion as an option.
 
2016-09-11

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Record numbers leave Church of Denmark after atheist adverts
Thousands of people have left the Church of Denmark following a nationwide advertising campaign by the country's atheist society. Between April and June, 10,000 people left the church - the highest number of registered withdrawals since 2007.
 
2016-09-07

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Catholic church to use late Ballarat bishop's estate to help victims of abuse
The multimillion-dollar estate of the former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns will be used to help victims of abuse, the Catholic diocese has said. Mulkearns, who died in April, was blamed for allowing paedophile priests to continue to operate in Victoria.
 
2016-09-07

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Cleric In U.K. Sentenced To 5 1/2 Years For Rallying Support For ISIS
Anjem Choudary, one of the most famous radical Islamic preachers in the U.K., has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for urging people to support the Islamic State.
 
2016-09-07

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Birmingham street preacher 'abused woman over her tight jeans'
An Islamic street preacher threatened to blow up a Muslim woman's house and claimed she was Satan for wearing tight jeans, a court has heard.
 
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