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2017-09-22

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Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya
Buddhist protesters in Myanmar threw petrol bombs to try to block an aid shipment to Muslims in Rakhine State, where the United Nations has accused the country’s military of ethnic cleansing
 
2017-09-22

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Author Maria Polonchek’s reading in Lawrence to focus on parenting as an atheist
Maria Polonchek did not have an answer when her young son asked her, “Is God everywhere?” ... As an atheist, Polonchek was not sure where to find help answering these types of questions. She searched for resources on secular parenting only to find that few books described what she was experiencing. So she wrote one.
 
2017-09-22

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Brigham Young University ends Mormon ban on caffeinated soda
Brigham Young University, the largest Mormon college in the US, has decided to begin selling caffeinated sodas. The surprise announcement marks a major cultural shift for the church-owned university which has been designated "caffeine-free" since the 1950s.
 
2017-09-22

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Christian numerologist predicts end of the world for Saturday
If you believe a biblical prophecy from Christian numerologist David Meade, then you only have a couple of days left on this earth.
 
2017-09-22

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Topeka prisoner files lawsuit objecting to inundation by Christian propaganda
A Topeka Correctional Facility inmate, who is a plaintiff in a federal religious-freedom lawsuit, complained of the prison’s 8-foot wooden cross, Christian-themed radio and television broadcasts, and housing units saturated with proselytizing messages.
 
2017-09-21

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Muslims in the EU: Feeling at home despite discrimination
A new study shows that while Muslim immigrants integrate well in their countries of residence in the EU, they still experience a lot of discrimination. However, the numbers vary dramatically from country to country.
 
2017-09-21

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Pope acknowledges Catholic church was 'bit late' in recognizing sexual abuse
Speaking before an advisory commission, Pope Francis has addressed the problem of sexual molestation by priests. He said he has learned from his own mistakes in dealing with offenders and called such abuse a "sickness."
 
2017-09-21

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Inspired by 'blasphemy killer', new Pakistani party eyes 2018 vote
The head of a new Pakistani Islamist party that lionizes the killer of a provincial governor said it would take its rallying cry of “death to blasphemers” to next year’s general election, after its surprisingly strong showing in a recent vote.
 
2017-09-20

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Coniston church bells: Pub complainers silence 'noisy' chimes
A timer has been installed at St Andrew's Church in Coniston to stop the clock chiming between 23:00 and 07:00. It follows complaints from the owner of the adjacent Yewdale Inn who said guests complained about the noise.
 
2017-09-20

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Palestinians decry church patriarch's role in land deal
The Greek Orthodox Church has been plunged into a renewed crisis in the Holy Land as its leaders are accused of selling off land to extremist Jewish settlers in prime locations in Jerusalem's Old City.
 
2017-09-20

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Christian school discriminated against five-year-old Sikh boy, tribunal finds
A Victorian tribunal has ruled a Christian school in Melbourne unlawfully discriminated against a young Sikh boy, when it refused to accept him as a student if he wore his traditional headwear
 
2017-09-19

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Pakistan: 57 indicted for lynching of university student Mashal Khan
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted 57 people for the brutal lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy five months ago.
 
2017-09-18

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Blasphemy: A Life-and-death Issue in Pakistan
For those accused of blasphemy - which can include anything seen as a deliberate insult to God, Islam or religious leaders - such an offense is literally a life-and-death matter. The relevant section of Pakistan's penal code recommends either life imprisonment or death for any convicted blasphemer.
 
2017-09-16

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Turnbull defends church that refused to marry couple backing same-sex marriage
Malcolm Turnbull has defended a Victorian church that cancelled the wedding of a local couple after they posted their support for same-sex marriage on Facebook.
 
2017-09-16

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Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims
Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims ... Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian Muslim woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof.
 
2017-09-15

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Christians in the U.S. military "serve Satan" if they tolerate other religions, an Air Force chaplain says
A U.S. Air Force chaplain who ministers to thousands of men and women at an Ohio base is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces “serve Satan” and are “grossly in error” if they support service members' right to practice other faiths.
 
2017-09-15

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Pakistan Christian sentenced to die over blasphemous WhatsApp text
A Pakistani Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy after he sent a Muslim friend a poem on WhatsApp that insulted Islam, a lawyer said Friday. Nadeem James was charged in July last year after his Muslim friend Yasir Bashir complained to police that he received a poem on the messaging app that was derogatory toward the Prophet Mohammed and other holy figures.
 
2017-09-12

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Australian Catholic Church Falls Short on Safeguards for Children, Study Finds
A study that examines child sexual abuse worldwide in the Roman Catholic Church has found that the Australian church has done less to safeguard children in its care than its counterparts in similar countries have.
 
2017-09-12

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Dalai Lama voices sorrow over Buddhist violence in Myanmar
The Dalai Lama has expressed his sorrow at “fighting and killing in the name of different religions”, singling out Yemen and Myanmar as two global priorities for peacemakers.
 
2017-09-12

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An after school Satan club tests the boundaries between church and state
At most schools, band practice, sports, drama and the chess club are the options that kids choose from for their after-school activities. But in 2016, students at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, also had the opportunity to join an After-School Satan Club.
 
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