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News Items: 2017/11/27

2017-11-27

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In Tax Debate, Gift to Religious Right Could Be Bargaining Chip
Among the changes in the tax bill that passed the House this month is a provision to roll back the 1954 ban [on churches and other nonprofit groups engaging in political activity], a move that is championed by the religious right, but opposed by thousands of religious and nonprofit leaders, who warn that it could blur the line between charity and politics
 
2017-11-27

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End secrecy of confessionals 'to protect Catholic children'
Mandatory reporting of sexual misconduct and abolishing the secrecy of the priest’s confessional box are needed to protect children at Catholic schools, the national inquiry into child sexual abuse has been told.
 
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Archbishop of Canterbury baffled by Christians who back Trump
England's top religious authority, the archbishop of Canterbury, said Sunday that he doesn't understand why so many Christians in the U.S. support President Donald Trump.
 
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Indian police ask interfaith couples: Is it love or terror?
India’s Supreme Court started hearing a case on Monday that prosecutors say shows how Islamic State sympathizers are using “Love Jihad” – marrying Hindu women and converting them to Islam – to win recruits and spread their message.
 
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Why Muslim extremists attacked this mosque in Egypt
On Friday, at least 305 Egyptians were killed by terrorists who detonated a bomb in a crowded mosque, then sprayed frantic worshippers with gunfire as they fled. It was deadliest attack in the country’s modern history.
 
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Pakistani Islamists call off protests over blasphemy claim as government backs down
A hardline Pakistani Islamist group called off nationwide protests on Monday after the government met its demand that a government minister accused of blasphemy resign, following weekend clashes with police that paralysed major cities.
 
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