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2017-11-18

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Christian Support for Roy Moore ‘Looks Like Hypocrisy to the Outside World’
Before this month, Roy Moore was best known nationally for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama state supreme-court building. Now, the aspiring senator is accused of hitting on teens at an Alabama mall and inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl.
 
2017-11-18

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Homeland Security's head of community outreach resigns over past controversial comments on black community, Islam
In past radio appearances, Johnson had said the black community was responsible for turning major US cities into "slums" and argued that Islam's only contribution to society was "oil and dead bodies."
 
2017-11-18

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School cancels Muslim speaker after community backlash
What was intended to be an educational presentation about Islam turned into a controversy when threatening comments prompted school officials to cancel the event.
 
2017-11-18

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Irish Catholic priest urges Christians to abandon the word Christmas
An Irish Catholic priest has called for Christians to stop using the word Christmas because it has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer”. Father Desmond O’Donnell said Christians of any denomination need to accept Christmas now has no sacred meaning.
 
2017-11-17

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Indonesia's Orang Rimba: Forced to renounce their faith
The Sumatran rainforests of Indonesia are home to the Orang Rimba - the people of the jungle. Their faith and nomadic way of life are not recognised by the state and, as their forests are destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, many are being forced to convert to Islam to survive.
 
2017-11-16

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Buddha tattoo woman Naomi Coleman wins compensation
A woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm has won compensation...Granting her compensation of 800,000 Sri Lankan rupees - about £4,000 - the country's Supreme Court said her treatment was "scandalous and horrifying" and ruled her rights had been violated.
 
2017-11-16

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Church of Satan tells followers ‘Christians own paedophelia’, following allegations against Roy Moore
"Many of the people coming to the defence of Moore [will] decry the horrors of moral relativism but then equivocate when one of their own is cruising shopping malls for underage prey," the Church of Satan's Reverend Raul Antony told Newsweek.
 
2017-11-16

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In Myanmar, The Persecution Of the Muslim Minority, The Rohingya Continues
NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Maung Zarni, fellow with the Cambodian Documentation Center, specializing in genocide in Buddhist countries, about how the Burmese justify their actions and what it would take to broker a resolution to the current crisis.
 
2017-11-16

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Assaults against Muslims in U.S. surpass 2001 level
The number of assaults against Muslims in the United States rose significantly between 2015 and 2016, easily surpassing the modern peak reached in 2001, the year of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new hate crimes statistics from the FBI.
 
2017-11-16

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Pakistani police clash with protesters at anti-blasphemy sit-in
Pakistani police have clashed with protesters and arrested dozens in an attempt to disperse an anti-blasphemy sit-in staged by a hardline cleric, which has blocked a main entrance to Islamabad for a week, choking traffic and putting the capital on near lockdown.
 
2017-11-10

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The Ex-Muslims Go Public
People who leave Islam are fiercely criticized by believers. They used to make me angry, too. Then I got to know them.
 
2017-11-10

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US drill instructor guilty of abuse after Muslim's suicide
A US Marine drill instructor has been found guilty of physically abusing boot camp recruits, including three Muslim trainees, one of whom killed himself.
 
2017-11-10

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This lawmaker isn’t sure that God exists. Now, he’s finally decided to tell people.
Experts on religious identity in Congress say Huffman seems to be only the second member in contemporary records to describe his ethical system as not being God-based.
 
2017-11-09

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Alabama state official defends Roy Moore, citing Joseph and Mary: ‘They became parents of Jesus’
An Alabama state official on Thursday dismissed a Washington Post report alleging that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore had initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago, saying there was an age gap between the biblical Joseph and Mary.
 
2017-11-09

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Republican Senate candidate Moore hit by sexual misconduct allegations
A woman has accused Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old and he was 32...He first became a national figure in the early 2000s, when he lost his position as Alabama Chief Justice after refusing a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from outside the courthouse.
 
2017-11-07

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Charlie Hebdo gets new threats over cartoon on accused Islamic scholar
The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on Monday of death threats against the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, over a cartoon of the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who faces rape allegations.
 
2017-11-07

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Indonesian court recognizes native religions in landmark ruling
Against a backdrop of rising intolerance toward minorities in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, the court said Indonesians would not be required to identify as either Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist or Confucian on their national identification cards.
 
2017-11-06

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Stephen Fry 'enchanted' by the reaction to his blasphemy case
'I was enchanted." That was the bemused response of world-renowned comedian and writer Stephen Fry when asked his reaction to the furore that followed a complaint to gardai that comments he made on RTE about the existence of God were contrary to Ireland's blasphemy laws.
 
2017-11-03

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Catholic nurse sues Duke University Hospital after refusing to assist with abortions, contraception
A Catholic nurse sued Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., alleging it discriminated against her religious beliefs by failing to accommodate her objections to abortion, birth control and giving vaccinations.
 
2017-11-03

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Vastness of Space Suggests There is No Almighty Creator
Philosophers of religion such as Michael Martin and Nicholas Everitt have asked us to consider the kind of universe we would expect the Christian God to have created, and compare it with the universe we actually live in. They argue there is a mismatch. Everitt focuses on how big the universe is, and argues this gives us reason to believe the God of classical Christianity doesn’t exist.
 
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