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News Items: 2017/10/18

2017-10-18

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Kent school cuts ties with Christian group after parents' complaints
A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a demonstration of “God’s power” in assemblies.
 
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Motion filed to unseal documents involving prior First Baptist Church sex abuse
A popular Columbia church is at the center of a lawsuit claiming sex abuse - again. The family of a teen filed a civil lawsuit in Richland County against First Baptist Church of Columbia accusing a former youth ministry volunteer of sex abuse last week.
 
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Greece passes gender identity law amid church protest
A new gender identity law will likely improve the lives of transgender people in Greece. But before it was passed, Greek Orthodox clergymen railed against the bill, even threatening to excommunicate transgender people.
 
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For the first time ever, most Americans say a person can be good without God
For the first time, a majority of Americans (56 percent) say it is possible to be a good person without a religious belief. So says new Pew Research Center data drawn from two polls conducted among about 5,000 American adults in June and July.
 
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Quebec to vote on law forcing Muslim women to remove face veils on public transport
A new law proposed by the local government would ban any form of face covering for people offering and receiving public services in the province.
 
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