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News Items: 2017/09/07

2017-09-07

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Michigan county wins court challenge over Christian prayers
Christian prayers publicly offered by elected officials in a Michigan county don’t run afoul of the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court said Wednesday, rejecting a challenge by a local man who contends the practice violates the rights of people with different beliefs.
 
2017-09-07

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White Christians now a minority among US population, study finds
The share of Americans who identify as white and Christian has dropped below 50 percent, a transformation fuelled by immigration and by growing numbers of people who reject organised religion altogether, according to a new survey released Wednesday.
 
2017-09-07

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Church fight: Court eyes worship houses' use of public funds
Massachusetts' highest court wrestled Thursday over whether allowing houses of worship to receive public funds for restoration inappropriately blurs the line between church and state.
 
2017-09-07

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Bannon on Catholic Church's DACA support: 'They need illegal aliens to fill the churches'
Former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon said the Catholic Church's support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, is economically driven and owes to the church's struggle to fill pews.
 
2017-09-07

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US appeals court rules against Trump on scope of travel ban aimed at some Muslim-majority countries
A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration's effort to temporarily bar most refugees from entering the country, ruling that those who have relationships with a resettlement agency should be exempt from an executive order banning refugees.
 
2017-09-07

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Young British Muslims 'hampered by discrimination', finds report
Research by the Social Mobility Commission found young Muslims are being held back from reaching their full potential at every stage of their lives, from school to university and at work.
 
2017-09-07

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Evangelicals fear Muslims; atheists fear Christians: New poll show how Americans mistrust one another
Part of the study, called “Fear of The Other,” examined negative attitudes toward four groups — atheists, conservative Christians, Jews and Muslims — and found that Americans generally harbor fears and judgment about all four. What those fears were, however, differed by the group.
 
2017-09-07

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Robert E. Lee descendant resigns as N.C. church's pastor over racial justice comment
A descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee says he stepped down as pastor of a North Carolina church after negative reactions to his comments supporting racial justice during an MTV awards show "made it clear that I was no longer welcome there."
 
2017-09-07

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Priest warns against alleged 'satanic rosaries'
A report posted on the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) quotes Fr. Legaspi saying these items "were made not only to be simply given away but to deceive Catholics…so that evil spirits will haunt them."
 
2017-09-07

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Lamb ad insensitive and disrespectful, say Hindus and Anglicans
A spring lamb campaign full of deities feasting on meat and making religious jokes has been condemned by Hindu and Anglican representatives as insensitive and disrespectful.
 
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