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2017-08-14

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Australia church abuse: Priests 'must report' confessions
Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they do not report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession, an Australian inquiry has recommended.
 
2017-08-10

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Christian school sued, accused of covering up rape
A lawsuit claims a 12-year-old boy was being raped by older boys at Brentwood Academy. It also claims school officials knew about it and did nothing. It happened in 2015...According to the lawsuit, when the victim's mother reported it to Headmaster Curt Masters, he said the boy should “turn the other cheek and "everything in God's Kingdom happens for a reason.”
 
2017-08-10

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Mormons Remove Church Leader For The First Time In Nearly 30 Years
Mormon church officials confirmed Tuesday that James J. Hamula, a midlevel leader, had been excommunicated. What hasn't been confirmed is why he was removed.
 
2017-08-10

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Chinese god statue covered in sheet after Muslims protest in Indonesian city
Amid concern of growing religious conservatism across Indonesia and an increase in anti-Chinese sentiment, a massive statue in East Java has been covered after protests from local Muslims.
 
2017-08-10

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Militant Buddhist monks are stoking sectarian tensions in Myanmar
They claim the Muslim minority poses a mortal threat to their religion.
 
2017-08-10

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Malaysia government minister calls for atheists to be 'hunted down' and 're-educated'
Atheists in Malaysia should be “hunted down” as they violate the constitution, a government minister in the increasingly fundamentalist Muslim-majority nation has said. Shahidan Kassim, who serves in the Prime Minister’s inner circle, called on Islamic scholars to re-educate non-believers.
 
2017-08-08

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Atheists tend to be seen as immoral – even by other atheists: study
Participants were given a description of a fictional evildoer who tortured animals as a child, then grows up to become a teacher who murders and mutilates five homeless people. Half of the group were asked how likely it was that the perpetrator was a religious believer, and the other half how likely he was an atheist. The team found that people were about twice as likely to assume that the serial killer was an atheist.
 
2017-08-08

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Hope Church at ASU expelled from campus religious council
Arizona State University's yearlong investigation into campus ministry Hope Church has resulted in the group being voted off the university's Council of Religious Advisors...The decision comes more than a month after ASU informed Hope Church that its probe showed it was in violation of the Arizona Board of Regent’s student code of conduct. Among the violations: stalking students, hazing and soliciting in dorm residences.
 
2017-08-08

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Malaysia Probes Atheist Group After Uproar Over Muslim Apostates
Malaysia is investigating an international atheist organization, a minister said on Monday, after a picture of the group's local chapter went viral, sparking claims that Muslim apostates were involved...The Kuala Lumpur chapter of Atheist Republic, a Canada-based organization, posted a picture of the group's members attending a gathering last week, sparking uproar among some Muslims and leading to threats of death and violence against the group on social media.
 
2017-08-08

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In many ways, Muslim men and women see life in America differently
While many Muslims express wariness and anxiety about aspects of their lives in the United States, Muslim women tend to be more pessimistic about their place in U.S. society than Muslim men.
 
2017-08-03

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A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics
Two close associates of Pope Francis have accused American Catholic ultraconservatives of making an alliance of “hate” with evangelical Christians to back President Trump, further alienating a group already out of the Vatican’s good graces.
 
2017-08-03

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State Supreme Court rules The Episcopal Church can reclaim 29 properties from breakaway parishes
In a highly anticipated ruling, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday that 29 parishes whose congregations left The Episcopal Church in 2012 can't take their valuable properties with them, a decision that could set the stage for a massive exchange of historic church capital in the region.
 
2017-08-01

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Indian police kill militant commander in Kashmir; protests erupt
The top commander of an Islamist group was killed in Indian-ruled Kashmir on Tuesday, a police official said, triggering protests and prompting the authorities to suspend internet and train services.
 
2017-08-01

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Attack on Shi'ite mosque in Afghan city kills at least 29
A suicide attack on a Shi'ite mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat killed more than 29 people and wounded more than 64 on Tuesday, officials said.
 
2017-08-01

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The U.S. Government's Fight Against Violent Extremism Loses Its Leader
The resignation of George Selim, a key Homeland Security official, may signal a shift away from treating the American Muslim community as partners in the struggle against radicalization.
 
2017-08-01

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Egyptian Islamic authority sets up fatwa kiosk in Cairo metro
Sheikhs from Egypt’s highest Islamic authority have opened a fatwa kiosk in the Cairo metro to offer religious advice to commuters in what they say is an effort to counter extremism.
 
2017-07-29

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AP: Brazilians detail abuses by US church, shattered lives
The examination of Word of Faith Fellowship’s spread into Latin America’s largest country is part of the AP’s lengthy ongoing investigation into the evangelical church, founded in 1979 by Jane Whaley, a former math teacher, and her husband, Sam.
 
2017-07-29

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The Meaning of India's 'Beef Lynchings'
These days, the specter of mob violence sparked by accusations that the victims slaughtered or smuggled cows or ate beef haunts India with morbid regularity.
 
2017-07-26

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Overland Park Catholic priest charged with child sex crimes
Authorities say a Catholic priest charged in Wyandotte County with child sex crimes has been arrested in Maryland.
 
2017-07-26

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Disgraced Catholic priest loses appeal of 'sex tourism' convictions for molesting orphans
A former Catholic priest from Somerset County who was convicted of engaging in "sexual tourism" to molest poor orphans in Honduras has lost an appeal of his nearly 17-year prison sentence.
 
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