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2017-07-24

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Half of councils hold Christian prayers before meetings
Christian prayers are still held before meetings at half of Welsh councils, despite efforts to scrap them. Five councils do not have them, but 13 pray before the formal start so it is not classed as an agenda item. The National Secular Society (NSS) said councils "shouldn't be clubs for Christians" but the Church in Wales said prayer or reflection "could be hugely beneficial".
 
2017-07-24

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Israel Installs Cameras at Holy Site Amid Flaring Tensions With Muslim Worshipers
Israel installed security cameras Sunday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site as officials began indicating that they were considering "alternatives" to the metal detectors at the contested shrine that set off a weekend of violence and raised tensions in the region.
 
2017-07-18

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547 members of Catholic boys' choir abused, report finds
At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report released Tuesday.
 
2017-07-18

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Philippine leader to expedite bill for self-rule in Muslim region
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to fast-track new legislation for autonomy in the country's most volatile region, advancing a protracted process to end decades of rebellion and thwart rising Islamist militancy.
 
2017-07-16

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Christian Teenager Detained in Pakistan for Blasphemy
Pakistani police say a Christian teenager has been detained on blasphemy charges for allegedly using derogatory remarks against Islam's prophet Muhammad.
 
2017-07-16

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They don’t believe in God. So they founded a community center in Denver for non-believers.
Denver’s Secular Hub unites non-believers in what one calls an “atheist church.”
 
2017-07-13

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Pakistan’s secret atheists
Being an atheist in Pakistan can be life-threatening. But behind closed doors, non-believers are getting together to support one another. How do they survive in a nation where blasphemy carries a death sentence?
 
2017-07-10

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More than 60 Muslim leaders are touring Europe to protest against terror
Imams from countries including France, Belgium, Britain and Tunisia were joined by representatives of other religious communities at the spot where French policeman Xavier Jugelé was shot dead in April.
 
2017-07-10

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Church of England votes to explore transgender services
The Church of England's governing body has voted to look into special services for transgender people. Supporters of the services said the Church should offer a welcome to people to mark their transition. Others have suggested the services would be counter to parts of the Bible that state that humans are created as either male or female.
 
2017-07-10

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The Vatican Says Gluten-Free Wafers Can't Be Used for Communion
The Roman Catholic Church will not allow its congregations to be given gluten-free wafers (called hosts), or bread, for celebrating the Eucharist during Mass, according to its latest directive at the behest of Pope Francis.
 
2017-07-07

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Malaysia, Indonesia Muslim groups call for Starbucks boycott
Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia have called for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain's support for LGBT rights.
 
2017-07-07

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Sri Lanka Leader Pledges to Consult Buddhist Leaders Over New Constitution
The 1977 constitution, which experts say has given more power to the federal government, is blamed for the civil war which killed more than 100,000 people ... But the island nation's Buddhist leaders are opposed to introducing a new constitution, for fear it may reduce their influence among the population of 21 million, about 70 percent of whom are Buddhist.
 
2017-07-07

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Christian-owned Hobby Lobby accused of hypocrisy after being fined for role in smuggling case
The Oklahoma City-based business agreed to pay a $3 million fine Wednesday over its role in what federal prosecutors said was the smuggling into the U.S. of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that might have been looted from the war-torn country.
 
2017-07-07

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Hindu leader seeks Diwali holiday for Tennessee school districts
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed is asking Tennessee school districts to recognize the religion's most popular festival, Diwali, as an official holiday.
 
2017-07-04

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Israel Faces Uproar Abroad as Netanyahu Yields to Ultra-Orthodox Jews
Jews around the world have been in an uproar in the week since Mr. Netanyahu yielded to pressure from his ultra-Orthodox coalition partners and suspended a plan to provide a better space for non-Orthodox men and women to worship together at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
 
2017-07-03

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Teen jailed for plotting bomb attack at Elton John concert in London
A British teenager who planned to attack an Elton John concert in London on the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks was jailed for life on Monday...Syed used the internet to try and get weapons to use in a possible attack, and used social media to contact people he believed were like-minded supporters of Islamic State. In one message he wrote: "So after some damage with machine gun then do itishadi (martyrdom)... that's what im planning to do."
 
2017-07-03

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Jesus 'miracle church': Jewish extremist found guilty of arson
A Jewish extremist has been convicted of setting fire to a church in Israel which Christians believe is built at the site of one of Jesus' miracles..."Idols will be cast out or destroyed" was found written in Hebrew on the walls.
 
2017-07-02

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Pope Francis Ousts Powerful Conservative Cardinal
The dismissal comes right after Francis granted a leave of absence to an ideological ally of Cardinal Müller’s who is facing trial in Australia on charges of sexual assault. Taken together, the departure of two archconservative powerhouses at the Vatican is a serious setback to critics of Francis.
 
2017-06-30

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Atheist activist to give invocation at Oskaloosa City Council
Pastors, priests, ministers and leaders of a spectrum of denominations have lead the invocation at Oskaloosa City Council meetings over the years. There has not been any record of an atheist filling that role, until now.
 
2017-06-29

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Thousands gather in India to protest attacks on Muslims
Carrying placards saying "Not in my name," the protesters decried the silence of the Hindu nationalist government in response to public lynchings and attacks on at least a dozen Muslim men and boys since it took power in 2014.
 
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