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2015-06-26

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Gays can't use U.S. Catholic family meet to attack Church, bishop says
Homosexuals can attend a Catholic family congress in Philadelphia during Pope Francis' U.S. visit this year but won't be allowed to use it to attack Church teachings, the city's archbishop said on Thursday.
 
2015-06-26

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Filmmakers Sue After MTA Refuses To Post Ads For Muslim Comedy Documentary
Two Muslim filmmakers have filed a lawsuit against the operator of New York subways claiming the agency rejected their advertisements under a rule that prohibits disputed political views. They argue the ads have nothing to do with politics and should not be banned.
 
2015-06-26

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Gallup: Record number of Americans would vote for an atheist president
The percentage of Americans who would vote for a qualified atheist candidate for president has reached 58%, which is 4 points better than it was in 2012, and a whopping 40 point jump from when the question was first asked in 1958.
 
2015-06-26

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Atheist group in process of suing county over religious monument
An atheist group is in the process of suing one county here in North Central Florida for displaying a monument of the Ten Commandments in the courthouse. The courthouse is not the only one receiving complaints. The school board may also be under fire.
 
2015-06-26

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Right-wing extremists more deadly than Muslim radicals in U.S.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims.
 
2015-06-26

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Catholic church writes to companies that support same-sex marriage
The Catholic church in Sydney has sent letters to at least two companies that publicly support same-sex marriage, to express its “grave concern” and accuse them of “overstepping their purpose”.
 
2015-06-26

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Dutch Anti-Islam Politician Geert Wilders Airs Prophet Muhammad Cartoons
Dutch politician Geert Wilders on Wednesday aired cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Dutch national television, in what critics condemned as his latest provocation against Islam.
 
2015-06-26

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True Americans Are God-Fearing English Speakers, According to Americans
In a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, Americans were asked how important several qualities were in considering someone "truly American." Speaking English came in first, with nine in 10 respondents saying the ability to do so is important in order for someone to be considered truly American. More than half of Americans also said believing in God, being born in America and being a Christian were either very important or somewhat important.
 
2015-06-26

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New York reaches outline of settlement over Muslim surveillance
The suit in Brooklyn federal court alleged that the New York Police Department had trampled on religious liberties and constitutional guarantees of equality by monitoring Muslim communities.
 
2015-06-26

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China academic defends beer festival in Muslim region
A Chinese Communist party academic defended a government-organized beer festival in a mainly Muslim county ahead of Ramadan by saying that locals enjoy alcohol, state media reported Tuesday.
 
2015-06-26

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Catholic bishop condemns arson attack on Israel church by 'Jewish zealots'
A Catholic bishop in Britain has issued an unusually strong condemnation of last week’s arson attack on the biblically symbolic Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish in Israel, referring to “Jewish zealots” and demanding the Israeli authorities act against religious bigotry.
 
2015-06-20

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Catholic Republicans More Likely to Think Climate Change is Real: Study
Catholic Republicans are moderately more likely to believe in climate change and support policies to combat it than non-Catholic members of the GOP, according to a new analysis of survey data from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.
 
2015-06-20

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Tiny Arizona church wins Supreme Court case on signs
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that cities and towns generally cannot limit roadside signs based on what they say. The justices unanimously said the town of Gilbert, Ariz., violated the First Amendment by giving signs promoting a church's worship services vastly inferior treatment compared to political campaign signs.
 
2015-06-20

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Arson guts Israeli church where 'Jesus fed 5,000'
An arson attack has gutted part of the church at the site where Christians believe Jesus performed a miracle by feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the Israeli fire brigade said.
 
2015-06-20

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Pastor James McConnell faces prosecution over Islam sermon streaming
A north Belfast pastor who called Islam "heathen" and "satanic" in a sermon is to be prosecuted for streaming his remarks on the internet.
 
2015-06-20

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Non-believers raise £2,500 to buy atheist handbook for every secondary school in Northern Ireland
A group of non-believers has raised more than £2,500 in a bid to put a copy of The Young Athiest’s Handbook in every secondary school library in Northern Ireland.
 
2015-06-20

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Florida sheriff to keep preaching in uniform despite atheist complaints
Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida, has refused to back down after an atheist group complained he violated the First Amendment by giving a church sermon in his law enforcement uniform.
 
2015-06-20

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Navy lawyers defend rejection of atheist chaplain
The Navy's decision to reject an "atheist chaplain" is under scrutiny by a federal judge overseeing Heap's lawsuit, in which he claims the Navy violated his constitutional rights through discrimination and denial of his right to religious freedom.
 
2015-06-19

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Australian tribunal forces Christian asylum seeker to undergo 'unusually difficult' Bible quiz
An Australian court has ordered a tribunal to reassess the asylum claim of a Catholic woman from China who was forced to answer a series of in-depth Bible questions.
 
2015-06-19

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Southern Baptist president vows never to perform same-sex unions; says God defined marriage
The president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination on Tuesday vowed never to officiate at a same-sex union, and the Southern Baptist Convention called on the U.S. Supreme Court not to declare a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
 
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