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2017-06-23

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Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she’s gay at church
A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God — before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders — is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues.
 
2017-06-23

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Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says
Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition. Alpaslan Durmuş, who chairs the board of education, said evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for students.
 
2017-06-23

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Archbishop Says Church of England Hid Decades of Sex Abuse
The Church of England "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday.
 
2017-06-23

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Egypt's police kill seven in connection to violence against Christians
Egyptian police have killed seven people in connection to recent violence against Christians that included three church bombings and a shooting which left around 100 people dead, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
 
2017-06-23

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Germany condemns Turkish criticism of Berlin's new liberal mosque
The German government on Friday condemned Turkish criticism of a new liberal mosque in Berlin as interference in freedom of religion and opinion, adding further strain to an already fraught relationship.
 
2017-06-21

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Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate'
Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq's military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site.
 
2017-06-21

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Michigan airport knife attacker shouted 'Allahu Akbar', says FBI
Authorities are treating the stabbing of a police officer at an airport in Michigan as an act of terrorism. The suspect, Amor Ftouhi, 50, shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic) before knifing the officer in the back and neck, said officials.
 
2017-06-20

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Police officer and Buddhist monk among those arrested for leading arson attack against a mosque
Sri Lankan authorities yesterday arrested a police officer and a Buddhist monk accused of leading an arson attack against a mosque and a Muslim business amid a wave of religious violence.
 
2017-06-20

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An Attack on Muslims Shakes Cosmopolitan London
Early Monday, a white British man rammed a rental van into a congregation of Muslims leaving prayers during Ramadan, the holiest month on the Muslim calendar. One person was killed and at least 10 were injured.
 
2017-06-20

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Central African Republic foes sign Church-mediated peace accord
The deal, which was mediated by the Roman Catholic Sant' Egidio peace group and signed at their headquarters in Rome, calls for an immediate end to hostilities and recognition of the results of last year's presidential elections.
 
2017-06-18

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Burqas Banned and LGBT Muslims Welcome at Germany’s First ‘Liberal’ Mosque
The mosque was the realization of an eight-year dream of German-Turkish women’s rights activist Seyran Ates, who moved to Germany from Turkey as a child and was part of a government agency assisting with the integration of Muslims in Germany.
 
2017-06-14

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A Resolution Condemning White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention
The drama over the resolution revealed deep tension lines within a denomination that was explicitly founded to support slavery.
 
2017-06-14

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Students can opt out of religious classes at Catholic school after complaint settled
The move by the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board comes as a result of a human rights complaint lodged by a former student.
 
2017-06-10

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Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.
Faith leaders whose politics fall to the left of center are getting more involved in politics to fight against President Trump’s policies.
 
2017-06-09

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Church says Papua riot sparked by military burning Bibles
A major church in Indonesia's predominantly Christian Papua province said a riot in the provincial capital last month was sparked by the military burning Bibles, contradicting the police account of events.
 
2017-06-09

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Scottish Episcopal Church approves gay marriage
The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow gay couples to marry in church. It makes it the first major Christian church in the UK to allow same-sex marriages.
 
2017-06-09

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Muslim 'safe space' plan sparks row in Australia
A proposal by an Australian Islamic group to allow "safe spaces" for young Muslims to discuss "inflammatory" issues has sparked a row.
 
2017-06-09

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Polk County deputy investigated for offensive Facebook posts about Islam
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating one of its own sergeants following complaints that the sergeant posted offensive comments about Islam to Facebook, including one post that calls the religion an "evil ideology."
 
2017-06-09

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Sanders Blasts Trump Nominee Over Religious Post
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont this week lambasted one of President Donald Trump's budget nominees over a post he wrote last year that discussed Christianity and Islam.
 
2017-06-09

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Court rules against gay man who sued Catholic church over firing
Collette, the music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, was with the parish for 17 years before he was let go in 2014 after announcing he was engaged to his same-sex partner... U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras indicated in his ruling that the law gives churches more leeway than other employers to hire and fire who they want.
 
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