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2017-03-24

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Detained Pakistani Bloggers Face Blasphemy Charges
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has put three online bloggers in the custody of a federal agency for a week so it can investigate blasphemy charges against them and determine whether they should be formally tried and punished.
 
2017-03-21

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Police complaint against West Bengal poet for ‘hurting religious sentiments of Hindus’
A police complaint has been lodged against a Bengali poet in north Bengal’s Siliguri town for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.
 
2017-03-21

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Alabama church wants to create its own police force
Last week, Alabama's Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send SB 193 to the Senate for a full vote. If enacted, the law would allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church to assemble, employ, and enable its own police force under the state’s nonprofit corporate law.
 
2017-03-21

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Texas attorney general falsely accuses school for providing Muslim-only prayer room
Ken Paxton claimed the spare classroom was excluding students of other faiths, which the school denied.
 
2017-03-21

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Majority of states have all-Christian congressional delegations
As has been the case in prior Congresses, the 115th Congress is more Christian than the U.S. population as a whole. The vast majority of the nation’s federal lawmakers (91%) describe themselves as Christians, compared with 71% of U.S. adults who say the same, according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of congressional data compiled by CQ Roll Call.
 
2017-03-20

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Atheist Hacked To Death In Coimbatore, Cops Say 6 Involved In Conspiracy
A man was hacked to death in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore after he turned atheist and posted his rationalist views on Facebook. While two of his alleged assailants surrendered, the police say they suspect six people were involved in the conspiracy.
 
2017-03-17

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Pakistan asks Facebook to help fight blasphemy
Pakistan says it has asked Facebook to help investigate "blasphemous content" posted on the social network by Pakistanis. Facebook has agreed to send a team to Pakistan to address reservations about content on the social media site, according to the interior ministry.
 
2017-03-16

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Europe headed for 'religion wars' despite Wilders' stumble, Turkish minister says
Turkey's foreign minister said on Thursday Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders' views were shared by all rival parties and were pushing Europe towards "wars of religion", irrespective of his failure to win Dutch elections.
 
2017-03-10

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Catholic diocese in India removes vicar accused of rape
A Roman Catholic diocese in southern India is considering using security cameras and other measures to curb sexual abuse by priests after a vicar was arrested on charges of raping a teenage girl, a spokesman said Thursday.
 
2017-03-09

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Bishops to lawmakers: Don’t speak for church
New Mexico’s Roman Catholic bishops this week issued a written admonishment advising state lawmakers not to “publicly invoke their Catholic faith and to present their personal opinions as official Church teaching,” particularly to justify their votes against anti-abortion measures favored by the church.
 
2017-03-09

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Sex orgies, prostitution, porn: Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy
Lurid accusations of priests involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution have emerged from several parishes in Italy recently, sending shock waves all the way to the Vatican and challenging the high standards Pope Francis demands of clergy.
 
2017-03-09

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Israeli Lawmakers Advance Bill to Curb Loudspeakers in Muslim Call to Prayer
A bill that would regulate the traditional use of loudspeakers for the Muslim call to prayer passed its first legislative hurdle in Israel’s Parliament on Wednesday, provoking frustration and anger among some Arab lawmakers.
 
2017-03-09

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Nike unveils hijab for Muslim athletes
The Nike Pro Hijab has been in development for a year, the company said. Athletes contributed input into the product, and figure skater Zahra Lari was among those who tested it.
 
2017-03-06

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Victims, Roman Catholic Church spar over NY sex abuse bill
New York legislation to relax one of the nation's most restrictive statutes of limitations on child molestation victims continues to stall under pressure from the Roman Catholic Church and other opponents.
 
2017-03-06

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The New Atheists of the Philippines
“Advancement comes through science, technology, and social justice,” Ferrer said. “The country has a lot of potential—people just need to change their minds. You can't rely on a deity to get yourself out of poverty, you have to do it yourself.”
 
2017-03-06

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Thai king strips wanted monk of his rank
The former Buddhist abbot at the heart of a standoff with authorities at Thailand's biggest temple has been stripped of his monastic rank by the king, the military government said on Sunday. The symbolic step comes more than two weeks after police surrounded the scandal-hit Dhammakaya temple and began searching for Phra Dhammachayo, who is accused of money laundering.
 
2017-03-06

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Reza Aslan, host of CNN’s ‘Believer,’ catches grief for showcasing religious cannibals in India
Religion scholar Reza Aslan ate cooked human brain tissue with a group of cannibals in India during Sunday’s premiere of the new CNN show “Believer,” a documentary series about spirituality around the globe. The outcry was immediate. Aslan, a Muslim who teaches creative writing at the University of California at Riverside, was accused of “Hinduphobia” and of mischaracterizing Hindus.
 
2017-03-06

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Trump Critics Dismiss New Immigration Order as Repackaged ‘Muslim Ban’
The executive order, issued more than a month after the first edition was lambasted by critics and blocked in federal court, was dismissed by some as nothing more than a retouched "Muslim ban" — a label Trump and his team have rejected.
 
2017-03-04

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State lawmaker's office provides controversial form to Islamic school students
An Oklahoma lawmaker who once likened Islam to cancer required Muslims to answer several written questions — including, "Do you beat your wife?" — before agreeing to meet with them.
 
2017-03-01

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Abuse Victim Quits Vatican Commission, Citing ‘Resistance’
“I feel I have no choice but to resign if I am to retain my integrity,” Ms. Collins said in a statement to National Catholic Reporter. The lack of action, she wrote, “is a reflection of how this whole abuse crisis in the church has been handled: with fine words in public and contrary actions behind closed doors.”
 
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