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2018-01-15

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Dubai resident fined Dh500,000 for insulting religion
He was initially charged with blasphemy, consuming alcohol without a licence, verbal abuse and physical assault, but the Court of First Instance sentenced him on the blasphemy charge only and ordered his deportation after completing his jail term.
 
2018-01-15

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Commentary: Atheist: I'm grateful for 'wall of separation' between church and state
Whatever the reasoning and whatever our religious belief, America’s religious freedom is worthy of celebration and preservation. The wall needs ongoing maintenance.
 
2018-01-11

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'Good reasons for slavery' homework triggers backlash at Christian school
Parents said they were offended when a teacher at a Wisconsin Christian school asked students to list "three 'good' reasons for slavery" as part of a homework assignment.
 
2018-01-11

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Kansas City, Missouri, Church Elder Charged in Wife's Death
An elder of a Kansas City, Missouri, church is charged with killing his wife, who was an associate pastor.
 
2018-01-11

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Greece Scraps Compulsory Shariah for Muslim Minority
Greece has passed a law to limit the powers of Islamic courts in a northern region that is home to about 100,000 Muslims, restricting the application of religious law in the country and giving Muslims the option to take civil cases to Greek courts.
 
2018-01-11

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Ahead of trip, pope orders takeover of Catholic group in Peru
Pope Francis has ordered the Vatican takeover of an elite Catholic society in Peru whose founder is accused of sexually and physically abusing children and former members of the group.
 
2018-01-11

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St. Louis area priest charged with 16 counts of child porn and possession of meth
A Catholic priest who was arrested Monday by Belleville police was charged with 16 counts of child pornography Tuesday.
 
2018-01-09

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French town bans pork-free school meals in move branded 'anti-Muslim'
A far-right local authority in southern France on Monday scrapped pork-free school meals, a move branded “anti-Muslim” or “anti-Jewish” by an equality minister.
 
2018-01-09

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Church of England finds vicar guilty of spiritual abuse of 15-year-old boy
The Church of England has found a vicar guilty of spiritually abusing a teenage boy, after putting him under “unacceptable pressure” during intensive prayer and Bible-study sessions in the boy’s bedroom. In the first judgment of its kind, a C of E tribunal found that the Revd Timothy Davis, the vicar of Christ Church, Abingdon, in Oxfordshire, was guilty of misconduct under clergy disciplinary measures.
 
2018-01-07

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Why Europe’s wars of religion put 40,000 ‘witches’ to a terrible death
Economists Peter Leeson and Jacob Russ of George Mason University in Virginia argue that the trials reflected “non-price competition between the Catholic and Protestant churches for religious market share”. As competing Catholic and Protestant churches vied to win over or retain their followers, they needed to make an impact – and witch trials were the battleground they chose.
 
2018-01-05

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Egyptian Parliament considers outlawing atheism
Shortly before New Year’s Day, the Egyptian Parliament considered enacting a law that would make it illegal to profess no belief in God. It is already against Egyptian law to “insult” or “defame” religion, and blasphemy arrests are on the rise. A conviction can bring up to five years in prison.
 
2018-01-05

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Moore's Jewish lawyer is a practicing Christian
The Jewish lawyer whom Kayla Moore, wife of failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, bragged about knowing is actually a practicing Christian.
 
2018-01-05

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Caste violence erupts in India over 200-year-old faultline
Security forces were out in full force in India's financial capital Mumbai this week, as members of the country's low-caste Dalit community demonstrated against alleged violence by right-wing Hindus.
 
2018-01-05

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Moscow-led church in Ukraine refuses to bury boy from Kiev branch
A Moscow-led church in the central city of Zaporizhia refused to bury the one-year-old boy killed on New Year’s Eve because he was christened by a rival church overseen by Kiev.
 
2018-01-05

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Islamic State Vows to Topple Rival Hamas in Gaza, Threatens Attacks on Israel
The Islamic State terror group has released a new video from its Sinai Peninsula branch, in which it threatens to target rival Hamas in the Gaza Strip. IS is accusing the Palestinian militant group of cracking down on jihadists and not taking a stronger stance against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
 
2018-01-04

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Atheist Flag Takes Flight Above Ten Commandments Monument in Somersworth
While both [Mayor Dana Hilliard and resident Richard Gagnon] received some criticism for flying the atheist flag, they agreed it is proof of the city’s values of tolerance and acceptance.
 
2018-01-04

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Bitcoin Forbidden under Islam, Top Imam Declares, Calling for Ban
Sheikh Shawki Allam, the Grand Mufti, issued a formal fatwa on Monday stating that trading in the digital currency is “forbidden in Sharia, as it causes harm to individuals, groups and institutions.”
 
2018-01-04

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India girls 'attacked for meeting Muslim boys'
Two female students have been attacked by a group of men in the southern Indian city of Mangalore, reportedly for meeting up with two Muslim boys.
 
2018-01-04

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German police accuse AfD lawmaker of incitement over anti-Muslim tweet
German police have asked prosecutors to investigate a far-right lawmaker for possible incitement to hatred after she criticised a police force for tweeting in Arabic "to appease the barbaric, Muslim, rapist hordes of men".
 
2018-01-04

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New estimates show U.S. Muslim population continues to grow
By 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the nation’s second-largest religious group after Christians. And by 2050, the U.S. Muslim population is projected to reach 8.1 million, or 2.1% of the nation’s total population — nearly twice the share of today.
 
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