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2017-01-18

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Ex-pastor, principal of Guelph-area Christian school charged in alleged sex assaults
Police have charged a former pastor and the current principal of the Elora Road Christian Fellowship and School with sexual assault in alleged crimes dating back to the 1980s.
 
2017-01-15

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Abuse in Catholic church 'not being fought with enough force' claims new book
In Lussuria (Lust), which will be released in Italian by publisher Feltrinelli on Thursday, Fittipaldi methodically pores over court documents and cites interviews with priests and judicial officials to paint a damning picture of the first three years of Francis’s papacy.
 
2017-01-15

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Marriage equality will lead to gender confusion, Australian Christian Lobby claims
ACL makes the claim in submissions to the Senate committee examining the government’s marriage equality bill exposure draft, in which it argues marriage is a “child-centric” institution and calls for changes to allow discrimination against same-sex couples on the grounds of freedom of religion.
 
2017-01-15

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Austria's far-right Freedom Party calls for ban on 'fascistic Islam'
The head of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) on Saturday called for a law banning "fascistic Islam" and Muslim symbols, comparable to an existing law banning Nazi symbols, saying Islam could wipe out European society.
 
2017-01-12

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TV campaign targeting Mormon church’s tax status kicks off in Utah
Coming soon to a television in Utah: an advertisement encouraging former and current Mormons to divulge information harmful to the LDS Church's tax-exempt status.
 
2017-01-12

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Rex Tillerson doesn't rule out idea of Muslim registry
Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson did not rule out the idea of a U.S. registry for Muslims when he was asked about it his confirmation hearing Wednesday.
 
2017-01-10

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Gerald Ridsdale, former Catholic priest, charged with dozens of sexual abuse offences
Former Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale has been charged with a string of historical sexual abuse charges, including rape, buggery, indecent assault and assault.
 
2017-01-10

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Swiss Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys, court rules
Switzerland has won a case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) obliging Muslim parents to send their children to mixed swimming lessons. It said authorities were justified in giving precedence to enforcing "the full school curriculum" and the children's "successful integration" into society.
 
2017-01-07

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Merkley Introduces Bill To Block Creation Of Muslim Registry
Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley and eight of his Senate colleagues have introduced legislation that would block the creation of a registry of people based on their religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity or nationality.
 
2017-01-07

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German police quash Breitbart story of mob setting fire to Dortmund church
German media and politicians have warned against an election-year spike in fake news after the rightwing website Breitbart claimed a mob chanting “Allahu Akbar” had set fire to a church in the city of Dortmund on New Year’s Eve. After the report by the US site was widely shared on social media, the city’s police clarified that no “extraordinary or spectacular” incidents had marred the festivities.
 
2017-01-07

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Grandma accidentally prays to Elrond from Lord of the Rings
A Brazilian grandmother has been praying to a figurine from Lord of the Rings for years without realising. The woman thought she was praying to Saint Anthony but it turns out the figure was Elmond, Lord of Rivendell.
 
2017-01-06

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‘Let lawmakers decide if atheists may take oath on Constitution’
The Bombay high court on Friday dismissed a plea for allowing non-believers to take oath on the Constitution of India saying it is for the lawmakers to consider it.
 
2017-01-06

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SC Troopers Won't Give Grieving Book After Atheist Complains
An atheist's complaint has led South Carolina troopers to stop using state money to send a book including Bible passages to the family members of people who die in wrecks.
 
2017-01-06

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Nearly a quarter of Americans are not religious: Why doesn’t that diversity show up in politics?
About 1 in 4 Americans has no religious affiliation — but only 1of 538 members of Congress admits to that.
 
2017-01-06

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Muslim politicians in Indonesia call for nationwide alcohol ban
A group of Conservative Muslim politicians are seeking a total ban on the production, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages in Indonesia.
 
2017-01-06

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Al-Qaida leader denounces Islamic State 'liars' in new message
Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has denounced what he said was a dishonest propaganda campaign by rival jihadist group the Islamic State against his organisation, in an audio message released Thursday.
 
2017-01-06

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Bangladeshi Suspected of Training Militants in Dhaka Bakery Attack Is Killed
The police in Bangladesh announced on Friday that they had killed Nurul Islam Marzan, who was suspected of guiding a team of militants through the deadly siege of a fashionable Dhaka restaurant last year, in an early morning gunfight.
 
2017-01-05

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Congress remains overwhelmingly Christian as U.S. shifts -survey
The U.S. Congress taking office on Tuesday remains almost as overwhelmingly Christian as it was in the 1960s even while the share of American adults who call themselves Christians has dropped, according to Pew Research Center analysis.
 
2017-01-05

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Shortage of priests leaves Catholic Church in a real predicament
With an ageing workforce and the younger generation not interested in a cleric's life, this is a crisis across Ireland.
 
2017-01-05

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Transgender Man Says Surgery Denied at Catholic Hospital
A transgender man sued a Roman Catholic hospital in New Jersey on Thursday after he says it cited religion in refusing to allow his surgeon to perform a hysterectomy procedure he said was medically necessary as part of his gender transition.
 
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