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2016-02-10

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Arizona House rules: Prayer must be to higher power
A prayer is only a prayer if it refers to God, at least according to the state House of Representatives. And that means atheists like Rep. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe, can't give the official prayer that starts off every session.
 
2016-02-10

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Mexico Catholic church accused of bending marriage rules for president
The Catholic church in Mexico has been accused of bending its own rules on marriage to allow Enrique Peña Nieto to enhance his image ahead of his successful run for president.
 
2016-02-10

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Christian Iraqi Forces Join Fight Against IS
As Iraqi and Kurdish forces increase their fight against Islamic State (IS) fighters near Mosul, a military unit of Iraqi Christians has joined them.
 
2016-02-10

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French general faces court over banned anti-Islam rally
A French court on Monday postponed the trial of General Christian Piquemal, a former commander of the French Foreign Legion, who was arrested in Calais for attending a banned rally in support of the Islamophobic Pegida movement.
 
2016-02-07

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Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam
Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.
 
2016-02-07

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Professor Who Said Christians, Muslims Share A God Is Leaving Christian College
A professor at an evangelical Christian college who was suspended for saying Christians and Muslims worship the same God will no longer be teaching at the school.
 
2016-02-06

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Muslim women 'blocked from seeking office by male Labour councillors'
A women’s rights organisation has written to Jeremy Corbyn calling for an inquiry into allegations female Muslims were discriminated against and blocked from seeking office by male Labour councillors.
 
2016-02-06

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Concern grows at Catholic church's silence over Zika virus crisis
Critics draw comparison with church view on Aids/HIV as proscription remains on artificial contraception and abortion despite virus’s links with birth defects
 
2016-02-06

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Phoenix council removes verbal prayer at meetings; move prevents 'Satanic' prayer
The Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to replace a longstanding tradition of prayer before meetings with a moment of silence prayer, preventing an address by a group with "Satan" in its name and averting a lawsuit over constitutional rights.
 
2016-02-06

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Kenya refuses to register atheist group
A group of Kenyan atheists say they have suffered "blatant discrimination" after the authorities refused to register their society. They were told the application was turned down because of concerns that registration could affect the "peace... [and] good order" in the country.
 
2016-02-03

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Egyptian Christian Students Stand Trial for Insulting Islam
Three Coptic Christian students face charges of insulting Islam and will stand trial this week after appearing in a video mocking Muslim prayers, one of a series of court cases that reflect lingering religious intolerance and Muslim-Christian tensions in Egypt.
 
2016-01-30

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Church of England members back same-sex marriage
Attitudes to same-sex marriage within the pews of the Church of England are sharply at odds with the stance of its leadership, as for the first time more Anglicans are in favour of gay and lesbian couples marrying than oppose it, according to a poll.
 
2016-01-30

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Satanists to give prayer at Phoenix City Council meeting
Members of a satanic group are set to give the prayer at an upcoming meeting of the Phoenix City Council, triggering a debate about religious freedom and whether such a display is appropriate for the venue.
 
2016-01-30

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Court Weighs Practice of Christian Prayers at Meetings
A federal appeals court wrestled on Wednesday with whether local government leaders in North Carolina are violating the Constitution by holding exclusively Christian prayers at their meetings — the first time a court at that level has addressed the issue since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a town government's favor in a similar case in 2014.
 
2016-01-30

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Poll: A quarter of electorate opposed to Mormon presidential candidate
Being a Mormon remains a liability when running for president, but it's not half the problem it would be for an atheist candidate.
 
2016-01-30

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Egyptian writer Fatima Naoot sentenced to 3 years in jail for ‘contempt of religion’
Writer Fatima Naoot was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison and fined LE20,000 (over $2550) after being found guilty of contempt of religion, the second public figure to receive a jail term in less than a month for charges related to blasphemy.
 
2016-01-30

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France Restricts ‘Salafistes,’ Film on Islamic Radicals
The French Culture Ministry ruled Wednesday that a new documentary film on Islamic radicals was unsuitable for minors... The decision to restrict a movie to those 18 and over is usually reserved for films with pornographic content or extremely violent scenes, and is very rare for documentaries in France.
 
2016-01-26

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Pope to Visit Sweden, Apologizes for Catholic Wrongs
Pope Francis has concluded an annual weeklong prayer for Christian unity by making a sweeping apology for Catholic wrongs committed against other Christians and by announcing he will visit Sweden to mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.
 
2016-01-26

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Tazewell Co. Sheriff’s Office to put “In God We Trust” on patrol cars
“Our department feels very strongly about having In God We Trust on our vehicles. We know there is nothing we can do for our community without the guidance of our Lord.” says Sheriff Brian Hieatt. “We want the public to know that we have strong Christian men and women serving their community."
 
2016-01-26

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Muslim doctor and sister helped convict pro-Isis hate preachers on Oxford Street
A Muslim doctor and her sister have been praised for helping convict two pro-Isis hate preachers after challenging them and taking pictures of their propaganda to the police.
 
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