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2018-04-16

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U.S. pastor held in Turkey for his Christian faith, lawyer says
The lawyer for a U.S. pastor who goes on trial in Turkey on Monday over alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup said the preacher had been arrested for his Christian faith.
 
2018-04-15

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Indonesia’s Ancient Beliefs Win in Court, but Devotees Still Feel Ostracized
“Why can these big global religions spread and be recognized, but the original religion of Indonesia cannot?” It is a question she and others are still waiting to see answered, despite a landmark ruling in November by the Constitutional Court that affirmed the rights of followers of traditional beliefs outside of the six recognized religions.
 
2018-04-15

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Catholic Church 'sorry' but yet to contact priest sex abuse victims
The Catholic Church in Scotland has apologised to two victims of a priest jailed for sexual abuse but is yet to contact them.
 
2018-04-09

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Pope Francis says helping the poor and migrants is as important as opposing abortion
In a pointed rebuke to Catholic anti-abortion activists who focus on the issue to the exclusion of all others, Francis says that helping the poor and immigrants is as important as taking a stance against abortion.
 
2018-04-04

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Blogger ordered to remove 'hate speech' against member of small religious order
A NSW-based blogger has been ordered to take down material from his site that described a small and mysterious religious order as a "satanic paedophile cult". A Canberra tribunal found that the material was archetypal hate speech.
 
2018-04-04

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Mormon leader's remark on sexual misconduct draws criticism
The Mormon church is facing more criticism about its approach to sexual abuse after a top leader praised the #MeToo movement but referred to sexual misconduct as "non-consensual immorality."
 
2018-04-04

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Communities unite to defy 'Punish a Muslim Day'
People online are expressing support for Muslims after letters were sent urging violence against them on 3 April, so-called "Punish a Muslim Day". A police investigation has been taking place since letters and online images circulated in March advocating a points-based system for the performance of violent acts against Muslims. Four Labour MPs also received the letters.
 
2018-04-04

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Arizona mother allegedly used Taser to wake son for Easter church service
An Arizona woman was arrested after she allegedly used a stun gun to awaken her teenage son before a church service on Easter Sunday. "I said, 'Get up! It's Jesus' day!" Sharron Dobbins, 40, said in an interview with KNXV. "I made the noise with the Taser, but I did not tase my son." According to the Phoenix Police Department, Dobbins "contact tazed her teenage son on the leg" in order to roust the 16-year-old.
 
2018-04-04

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Arizona lawmakers approve displaying state motto in schools
The Arizona state legislature signed off on a plan to allow Arizona public schools to display the English translation of the state motto — "God Enriches" — despite concerns that the signs might blur the line between church and state.
 
2018-03-29

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Sweet Jesus ice cream chain refuses to change 'blasphemous' name despite backlash
A Canadian ice cream chain based has refused to change its “blasphemous” name despite thousands signing online petitions calling for a boycott.
 
2018-03-29

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Christian Pastors Begin Fast to Press for Immigration Reform
Some Evangelical Christian leaders and advocates in Massachusetts are fasting to bring attention to immigration issues affecting members of their congregations.
 
2018-03-29

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Mormon church to allow parents in youth bishop meetings
The Mormon church is changing its guidelines for how local leaders handle sexual abuse reports and one-on-one meetings with youth a week after a former prominent missionary leader was accused of sexually assaulting two women in the 1980s.The changes announced Monday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints direct lay leaders never to disregard a report of abuse, a more direct instruction than previous guidelines.
 
2018-03-29

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Trans TV anchor pushes change in conservative Muslim country
Marvia Malik has made history in Pakistan by becoming the first transgender newscaster in a conservative Muslim country where members of her community are taunted in public, ostracized by family and targeted in violent attacks.
 
2018-03-29

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Members of Muslim community denounce alleged abuse spawned from failed arranged marriage
Abdulah and Hamdiya Al Hishmawi, a Muslim couple from Iraq, face felony charges for allegedly abusing their 16-year-old daughter because she didn't want to participate in an arranged marriage. Muslim Children Education and Civic Center spokesperson Sakib Shaikh said that though arranged marriages are common in the Muslim religion and Middle Eastern cultures, there's no excuse for the alleged abuse.
 
2018-03-23

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Pakistani Court Orders Arrest of Cleric Linked to Islamabad Protests
A court in Islamabad issued an arrest warrant this week for Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the founder of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), in connection with last year's protests that turned violent and disrupted public order in Islamabad for nearly three weeks.
 
2018-03-23

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Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt was part of Christian survivalist group that discussed 'dangerous' chemicals
Mark Anthony Conditt reportedly took part in a conservative outdoors club called Righteous Invasion of Truth (RIOT), in which home-schooled young people studied the Bible and were taught gun skills.
 
2018-03-23

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Former Mormon Mission President Accused of Sexual Assault
The Mormon church is investigating a former missionary training center president who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the 1980s, following the release this week of a secret audio recording where he is heard apologizing to her and citing a sex addiction.
 
2018-03-23

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Archbishop of Canterbury 'ashamed' of Church over abuse
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said how "ashamed" he is of the Church in the wake of the child sex abuse inquiry.
 
2018-03-19

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US 'Crusaders' militia on trial for anti-Muslim plot
Kansas authorities say 'the Crusaders' hoped to detonate four car bombs attacking a mosque and an apartment complex.
 
2018-03-16

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Stephen Hawking Was an Atheist. Here’s What He Said About God, Heaven and His Own Death
The physicist, who died Wednesday at age 76, wasn’t expected to see his 25th birthday, after being diagnosed with the incurable neurodegenerative condition ALS at age 21 ... Here are some of Hawking’s most interesting thoughts about death, the afterlife and God.
 
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