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2014-12-12

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Islamic State extremists top Religion Newswriters’ 2014 Religion Stories of the Year
International events were prominent this year among the top 10 religion stories of 2014, as polled by the Religion Newswriters Association in the United States. The Top 10 ballot items are listed here.
 
2014-12-12

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Three Arrested in Myanmar for Insulting Religion
A New Zealand bar manager and two locals have been arrested in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for allegedly insulting Buddhism in an on-line promotion...with a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones.
 
2014-12-12

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Noah's Ark theme park loses tax breaks because of religious hiring policy
Kentucky Christian ministry that runs Creation Museum told that state tax incentives ‘cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination’
 
2014-12-12

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Religion at center of lawsuit against Cleveland police
The city of Cleveland is fighting a lawsuit involving a former police officer who claims...that after being baptized to become a Jehovah's Witness, top brass at the Cleveland Division of Police were unwilling to allow him to take a self-demotion to one of the various desk jobs that didn't require him to carry a gun.
 
2014-12-12

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Freedom of Religion Shouldn’t Be Unconditional
Have you ever heard of a rabbi who was against religious freedom? I certainly hadn’t until last week when I became one. Well, I’m not really against religious freedom per se, but I am against the “Religious Freedom and Restoration Act” (RFRA).
 
2014-12-10

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The Man Behind the Most Infamous Cartoon of All Time
Danish Editor Flemming Rose defends his crusade against political correctness.
 
2014-12-10

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Germany: Thousands join anti-Islam protest against European spread of Isis and al-Qaeda
Nearly 10,000 people took part in the latest anti-Islam demonstration organised by the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida), in Dresden on Monday night (8 December).
 
2014-12-10

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Lake Worth Commissioners Walk Out During Atheist Invocation
The mayor of Lake Worth and a handful of commissioners walked out as an atheist was about to give an invocation before a meeting last week.
 
2014-12-10

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Governments turn up the heat on atheists: report
Amid a global decline in religious belief, some governments are stepping up efforts to portray atheists and secularists as a danger to society and even as terrorists, according to a report issued on Wednesday.
 
2014-12-10

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Secularism damages religious life in Turkey, says top Diyanet official
Globalization and secularism have “changed and damaged” religious life in Turkish society, a senior official from the Directorate General of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has said, citing a recent survey about religion in Turkey.
 
2014-12-10

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Religious freedom bill causing some concerns in Lansing
The bill would allow businesses or individuals to be exempt from laws they feel go against their religious beliefs, but Democrats are calling it a license to discriminate.
 
2014-12-10

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Religion, polygamy at heart of Utah couple’s divorce and custody dispute
A Utah woman is fighting a temporary court order barring her from talking to her children about her fundamentalist Mormon beliefs, including polygamy. The order, issued in October by a 3rd District Court divorce commissioner as part of a custody dispute, also prevents the mother of three from talking about politics or about any faith other than the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 
2014-12-05

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Catholic Church cuts links with adoption service over same-sex ruling
The Catholic Church is to end its relationship with an adoption service following changes in legislation. In 2012 a judge ruled that unmarried and same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt.
 
2014-12-05

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Investigation expected after gay choir director fired from Catholic church files complaint
Federal and county officials are getting involved in allegations of discrimination, after a Catholic choir director says he was fired for professing plans to marry his gay lover.
 
2014-12-05

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Authors Make Case for Atheism’s Friendly Side
Once a week, atheists Lex Bayer and John Figdor met at coffee houses around Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., to work on their book about how to lead a happy and moral life without religion or a belief in God. Their new book, Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century, is a result of those coffee house discussions.
 
2014-12-04

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Atheist billboard tells people to skip church on Christmas
The American Atheists placed the billboard, which shows a little girl in a Santa hat writing a letter, and others like it in various cities. It reads, “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I am too old for fairy tales.”
 
2014-12-04

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Rehab for Denmark’s jihadists with sports and religion
How do you turn around a young man who is determined to destroy the West? In the Danish city of Aarhus, you take him to a cafe or a public library and talk about football.
 
2014-12-04

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Indian Official’s Firing Is Sought Over Remarks
Opposition lawmakers in India pressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dismiss his junior minister for food processing industries Wednesday after she gave a speech interpreted by some as derogatory to non-Hindus.
 
2014-12-04

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Myanmar President Gives Go-Ahead on Religion and Family Planning Draft Law
Myanmar’s President Thein Sein approved a controversial religion and family planning draft law on Wednesday and submitted it to parliament amid renewed criticism from rights advocates who say it discriminates against Muslims and women in the conservative, predominantly Buddhist country.
 
2014-12-04

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Group condemns 'culture of religion' at Ohio school district
The Freedom From Religion Foundation leveled a fourth complaint against Licking Valley Local Schools, this time charging the district is violating the constitution via a football team chaplain.
 
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