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2015-03-30

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Jill Meagher's family criticise Catholic priest over 'disgusting' claim
A Catholic priest in Melbourne has reportedly been criticised for a speech in which he said Jill Meagher would have been at home instead of out on the night she was raped and killed if she was more “faith filled”. Meagher was murdered by Adrian Bayley after a night out Melbourne in September 2012.
 
2015-03-29

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European anti-Islam group's Canadian protest fizzles
A planned protest by the new Canadian branch of anti-Islam group PEGIDA failed to materialize in Montreal as around 500 opponents gathered to rally against the demonstration.
 
2015-03-29

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Manila's Aquino urges Congress to push ahead with Muslim autonomous region
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged lawmakers to resume debating a proposed law on an autonomous territory in the Muslim south, in a bid to end a 45-year conflict that has killed 120,000 people.
 
2015-03-29

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Atheists open up: What they want you to know
Many Americans are leaving their faith behind. While fewer than 3% consider themselves atheists, about 20% of Americans don't identify with any religion, according to a Pew Study. CNN's documentary, "Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers," tells the story of a number of people who put themselves in that group -- and the stigma they've faced.
 
2015-03-29

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Catholic priest Anthony McSweeney jailed for sex abuse
A "voyeuristic" Catholic priest who sexually assaulted a teenage boy at a children's home in west London has been jailed for three years.
 
2015-03-28

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Indiana boycott urged after 'religious freedom' law passes
Activists have encouraged a boycott of Indiana after the US state enacted a "religious freedom" law, which they say discriminates against gay people. Supporters say the law prevents the state from forcing people to provide services contrary to their religion.
 
2015-03-27

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Defending Darwin
I teach human evolution at the University of Kentucky. There are some students I’ll never reach.
 
2015-03-27

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China jails Christian pastor for protesting cross removal
A Christian pastor has been sentenced to year in prison in China for standing up for churches whose crosses were being removed by the government.
 
2015-03-27

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New British Museum galleries to help counter militants' image of Islam
Art from the Islamic world will be shown in the heart of the British Museum, instead of on the sidelines, in two new galleries funded by a Malaysian foundation which hopes to offset the image created by Islamic militants.
 
2015-03-27

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Arizona senator: Make all Americans go to church
Republican state senator [Sylvia Allen] from Snowflake connected her vote this week to allow guns in public buildings to the failure of all Americans to attend church on Sundays.
 
2015-03-27

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Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'
The Church of Scientology is famous for its efforts to silence its critics, but it has not blocked an upcoming HBO film that turns a harsh light on the powerful organization and its leadership.
 
2015-03-27

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Colorado lawmaker says attack on pregnant woman 'curse of God'
A Colorado lawmaker's comments that an attack on a woman whose unborn child was cut from her womb was a "curse of God" caused by U.S. policy on abortion drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike on Thursday.
 
2015-03-27

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Duck Dynasty Star Finds New Controversy in Anti-Atheist Speech
Phil Robertson, the paterfamilias on A&E’s Duck Dynasty who also frequents the Christian speaking circuit, has stirred up controversy yet again by inventing a bizarre parable in which an atheist family is raped and murdered.
 
2015-03-27

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Catholic priests’ group won’t take stance on referendum
The Association of Catholic Priests has decided not to take a position on the same-sex marriage referendum on May 22nd, and has urged priests not to direct parishioners to vote either Yes or No.
 
2015-03-27

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Catholic crusader Peter Westmore blesses daughter's gay marriage in New Zealand
The head of the leading Catholic-based lobby group campaigning against same-sex marriage in Australia has attended and blessed his daughter's wedding to another woman in New Zealand.
 
2015-03-27

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Top Catholic school takes fight for admissions policy to court
The religious ethos of one of England’s oldest state-funded Catholic boys’ schools is at risk after an education watchdog attacked its admissions code, the high court has heard.
 
2015-03-26

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Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church
Climate change is a moral challenge threatening the rights of the world’s poorest people and those who deny it are not using God’s gift of knowledge, says presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.
 
2015-03-26

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Hirsi Ali: I would have gone to Syria, my parents laid the foundation
In her latest book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, Ali argues that the young men and women who fully absorb [the precepts that are fundamental to Islam] struggle to square them with life in the West.
 
2015-03-26

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British Islamic State fighter 'calls for Muslims to kill Theresa May'
A British Islamic State fighter has called on Muslims in the UK to "hunt down" and "kill" Theresa May in a Lee Rigby-style terrorist attack. The militant, who is thought to have fled to Syria while on bail, said the Home Secretary must be run over, tied to the back of a car and dragged through the streets of London.
 
2015-03-26

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Atheist group faces questions over how donations were raised — and spent
We Are Atheism, co-founded four years ago by then-University of Kansas student Amanda Brown and her husband, Adam Brown, is facing questions about mismanaged donations and misrepresentation of its tax-exempt status.
 
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