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2016-08-24

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Children's home denies donation from atheist group; group starts GoFundMe to raise additional funds
Matt Wilbourn says his donation was denied by the Murrow Indian Children's Home after he asked that the home put the donation in the name of the Muskogee Atheist Community.
 
2016-08-24

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Nigerian mob burns down house of Muslim who tried to save Christian accused of blasphemy
A mob has killed eight people by burning down the house of a Muslim man who intervened in the attempted lynching of a Christian student accused of blasphemy.
 
2016-08-22

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Islamist rebel apologises for destroying Timbuktu shrines at ICC trial
An Islamist militant has admitted destroying cultural sites in Timbuktu, Mali, in a landmark trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi said he was "really sorry" for his actions and asked for forgiveness.
 
2016-08-22

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Turkey Kurdish wedding bomber 'may not have been child'
Turkey's prime minister has backtracked on a statement by the president which said the suicide bomber who attacked a Kurdish wedding was a child.
 
2016-08-22

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Malaysian singer Namewee held for 'insulting Islam'
Police have arrested a popular but controversial Malaysian singer, after complaints that his most recent music video "insulted Islam."
 
2016-08-22

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The Caste Formerly Known As 'Untouchables' Demands A New Role In India
In an amateur video, four frightened men, stripped to the waist and tethered to a truck, are publicly flogged on a busy street in broad daylight. Their assailants accused the four men of killing a cow — a sacred animal in India...The attack in the Indian state of Gujarat, the home base of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ignited widespread revulsion — and even rumblings of a rebellion against India's Hindu caste system.
 
2016-08-22

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Turkey wedding suicide bomber 'was child aged 12-14'
A suicide bombing which killed 51 people in the Turkish city of Gaziantep was carried out by a 12 to 14-year-old, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Mr Erdogan said the so-called Islamic State (IS) was behind the attack, which targeted a Kurdish wedding party.
 
2016-08-22

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Gay Anglican clergy to defy church's official stance on same-sex marriage
A group of gay Church of England clergy are set to reveal that they have married their partners, defying the official line taken by church leaders on same-sex marriage.
 
2016-08-17

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Son ‘moved by the message’ stabs father during church service
According to the police report obtained by the Bowling Green Daily News, Buckley told officers he had thought about killing his father before, and he had been “moved by the message” during church before stabbing his father several times in the neck with a pocket knife.
 
2016-08-17

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'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith
An AP analysis of thousands of leaked Islamic State documents reveals most of its recruits from its earliest days came with only the most basic knowledge of Islam.
 
2016-08-17

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Are you an atheist wanting to talk faith with a believer? There's an app for that
A Portland State University philosophy professor and a team of students have created a new app designed to connect Atheists with believers. "Atheos" aims to create a "respectful debate" between believers and non-believers.
 
2016-08-16

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Radical cleric Anjem Choudary guilty of inviting IS support
One of the UK's most notorious radical clerics has been convicted of inviting others to support the so-called Islamic State, it can now be reported. Police said Anjem Choudary, 49, had stayed "just within the law" for years, but was arrested in 2014 after pledging allegiance to the militant group.
 
2016-08-15

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Far-right protesters interrupt Anglican service clothed in mock Islamic dress
Protesters from a far-right group have interrupted a church service dressed in mock Islamic dress to grandstand about the so-called “Muslim invasion” of Australia.
 
2016-08-15

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Woman settles lawsuit, now OK to use '8THEIST' license plate
A woman whose request for a vanity license plate reading "8THEIST" was denied two years ago when state officials said it might be considered offensive will now be allowed to display it.
 
2016-08-13

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Pakistan's Hindus Protest Forced Conversions of Girls to Islam
Human rights activists joined a call by some members of Pakistan's Hindu community to protest alleged forced conversions of Hindu girls to Islam on Thursday, officially deemed National Minorities Day in Pakistan.
 
2016-08-13

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Marco Rubio Warns Christian Conservatives of the Costs of Gay Intolerance
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who has faced widespread condemnation for agreeing to speak at a conference alongside Christian conservatives who have denounced homosexuality and gay rights, used his speech to the group on Friday to warn of the costs of intolerance.
 
2016-08-13

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French Riviera City Bans Specialty Swimsuit For Muslim Women
The French Riviera city of Cannes has banned beachgoers from wearing a swimsuit designed for Muslim women, called a burkini, citing the recent Islamist violence.
 
2016-08-13

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Satanist practice leads to Oklahoma City policy review
Oklahoma City's mayor says his office will review advertising and promotion policies for events at a civic center after receiving a complaint about a scheduled Satanist ceremony known as a Black Mass.
 
2016-08-13

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Canadian killed by police converted to Islam after troubled childhood
Aaron Driver, the man killed during a Canadian police raid at his home on Wednesday as he was allegedly planning an attack, converted to Islam in his teens some time before his support for Islamic State attracted the attention of authorities.
 
2016-08-12

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Ingersoll statue at Glen Oak Park restored with national effort
Cheryl Hofbauer ... and her husband, Ken, are working with a national organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, to restore the bronze statue of Ingersoll that has stood at the back entrance of Glen Oak Park since 1911.
 
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