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2017-02-20

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Catholic church's child protection body would have broad secrecy powers, inquiry told
New body to scrutinise child abuse would be allowed to keep reports secret if they involved children or vulnerable adults, or endangered public safety.
 
2017-02-20

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Saudi deputy minister of Islamic affairs: Political Islam caused much bloodshed
Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia Dr. Tawfiq al-Sudairi has expressed his disapproval for the “political interpretation of Islam” slogan, arguing that it is a “self-serving interpretation” for religion which resulted in a bloodbath of the impeccable.
 
2017-02-20

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Islamic State vows more attacks on Egypt's Christians
An Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt released a video Monday showing the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December and vowing more attacks on the country's Christian. A narrator says in the 20-minute video that the Egyptian Christians are the extremist group's "favorite prey."
 
2017-02-17

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Turkey steps up scrutiny on Muslim migrants from Russia
Turkey has increased scrutiny of Russian-speaking Muslim communities in the past few months following a series of attacks blamed on Islamic State, a concrete example of the renewed relationship between the two countries.
 
2017-02-17

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Briarwood Presbyterian Church asks for its own police department
Briarwood Presbyterian Church and Briarwood Christian School want their own police department and a bill proposing it passed 9-2 in the House Public Safety Committee on Thursday, Briarwood's attorney said.
 
2017-02-17

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Florist Discriminated Against Gay Couple, Washington Supreme Court Rules
A florist who refused to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding cannot claim religious belief as a defense under the state’s anti-discrimination laws, Washington’s high court said Thursday, in a case that has been watched around the nation by religious and civil rights groups.
 
2017-02-17

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Pakistan: IS attack on Sufi shrine in Sindh kills dozens
A suicide attack in a popular shrine in southern Pakistan has killed at least 72 people, police say. The bomber blew himself up among devotees in the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, police said...The shrine, one of the country's oldest and most revered, was crowded as Thursday is considered a sacred day for Muslims to pray there.
 
2017-02-16

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Americans Express Increasingly Warm Feelings Toward Religious Groups
Jews, Catholics continue to receive warmest ratings, atheists and Muslims move from cool to neutral.
 
2017-02-16

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Thai police search of Buddhist temple fails to turn up wanted monk
Thai security forces filed past chanting monks on Thursday to search the country's biggest Buddhist temple for an influential former abbot accused of money laundering, but failed to find him.
 
2017-02-16

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Australia's Catholic Church paid $213 million in abuse compensation, costs
Australia's Catholic Church has paid A$276 million ($213 million) in compensation to thousands of child abuse victims since 1980, a government inquiry heard on Thursday -- the first time the total compensation paid by the church's schools, orphanages and residences has been revealed.
 
2017-02-15

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Church of England Stance on Gay Marriage in Disarray After Vote
The Church of England's legislative body on Wednesday voted against a report from bishops that rejected the idea of blessing same-sex marriages, the latest row over an issue that has divided the Church for years.
 
2017-02-15

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Animist wins appeal to thwart Christian prayer in public meetings
A federal court of appeals is siding with an animist who said members of a public board in Michigan violated the First Amendment by opening monthly meetings with Christian prayers.
 
2017-02-14

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Ahok trial: The blasphemy case testing Indonesian identity
Millions of Indonesians are set to elect local leaders, but the focus is on the capital Jakarta, where the city's first non-Muslim governor is fighting not only for re-election but to stay out of jail.
 
2017-02-14

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In France, Some Muslims Seek To 'Adapt' Islam To Secular Culture
Many French Muslims like Oubrou believe it's time to create a uniquely French brand of Islam — one that is compatible with the country's secular values and responds better to the needs of modern Muslims.
 
2017-02-12

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Church-sponsored Boy Scout troops won't be forced into transgender membership policy
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting said in a statement that despite the Boy Scouts' announcement on Jan. 30 that welcomed girls who identify as boys as members, the new policy "has no impact on the operation and program delivery of Scouting program(s) in Catholic-chartered units."
 
2017-02-12

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Thousands gathered at Jakarta mosque urged to vote for Muslim governor
Thousands of Indonesians gathered on Saturday at a mosque in central Jakarta, where religious leaders urged them to support a Muslim candidate during next week's contentious election to select the capital's governor.
 
2017-02-12

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Man has charity donation frozen by US because his name is Mr Islam
Mamunul Islam, who is a British citizen, raised £400 for a UK food bank and Eventbrite, a website which facilitates fundraising, said the name “M Islam” featured on a list created by the US Office for Foreign Assets and Control.
 
2017-02-09

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Hinduism in California school curriculum: Civil rights lawsuit filed against state
CAPEEM and three Bay Area residents filed the lawsuit to challenge California’s history-social science curriculum. They say the curriculum appears to highlight the positive aspects of other religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Confucianism, but does not provide the same treatment of Hinduism.
 
2017-02-09

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Group asks Arkansas to set hearing on satanic monument
A group behind a satanic monument proposed near Arkansas’ Capitol wants the state to set a hearing on its proposal despite legislation aimed at blocking the display’s consideration.
 
2017-02-09

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U.S. senators denounce Trump plan to focus counter-extremism program on Islam
A dozen Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday denounced a Trump administration plan to revamp a government program on countering violent extremism, saying narrowing its focus solely to Islamic threats could jeopardize security and may be illegal.
 
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