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2017-09-30

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Why a federal judge ruled Lehigh County's seal unconstitutional
The Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. based in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the county in August 2016, alongside four of its local members. They objected to the prominent cross on the county seal and flag adopted by county commissioners Dec. 28, 1944.
 
2017-09-30

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Promoters of pop concerts, other events may ditch Malaysia as hard-line Islam gets a grip
Organizers of pop concerts and some other big events are increasingly wary of including Malaysia on their itineraries, as the cancellation of a beer festival due to take place next month highlighted growing intolerance toward activities regarded as insulting to Islam by some Muslim groups.
 
2017-09-27

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Singapore Teen Granted Asylum Released From US Custody
Yee, an atheist, was accused of hurting the religious feelings of Muslims and Christians in Singapore. Many of his explicit social media and blog entries criticized Singapore's leaders, something that is discouraged in the city-state.
 
2017-09-27

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Scottish Anglican church faces sanctions over vote to allow same-sex marriage
Leaders of the global Anglican communion, meeting for five days in Canterbury, are expected to impose “consequences” on the Scottish Episcopal church along the lines of the punitive measures dished out to the US Episcopal church last year for its embrace of LGBTI equality.
 
2017-09-27

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Sierra Leone arrests pastor who blamed Islam for 'every terrorist act in history'
A Nigerian pastor has been arrested in Sierra Leone after recordings of a sermon targeting Muslims went viral on social media, sparking widespread outrage.
 
2017-09-26

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Teacher plans Satanic holiday display; Pastor vows to knock it down
The holiday season isn’t here yet, but the controversy has already begun.
 
2017-09-26

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Former Delta student claims she was punished for atheist views; sues school
A former Delta high school student sued the Delta County Joint School District No. 50 claiming teachers gave the A-student a failing grade and sabotaged her college applications because of her atheistic views and opposition to religious proselytizing and instruction in the public school.
 
2017-09-26

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American-born Muslims more likely than Muslim immigrants to see negatives in U.S. society
While Muslims born in the United States and their immigrant counterparts share a pride in being American, U.S.-born Muslims are less likely than immigrants to feel comfortable with their place in broader American society.
 
2017-09-26

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Book of Mormon sets new record for most expensive manuscript ever sold
The printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon has been sold to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) for $35m (£26m), setting what is believed to be a new record for the most expensive manuscript ever sold.
 
2017-09-26

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Thailand reinstates chief of national Buddhism office
Thailand has reinstated as the head of a state body charged with administering the Buddhist religion an official who was sacked last month, the prime minister said on Tuesday.
 
2017-09-26

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Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive: state media
Citing a royal decree, Saudi state media on Tuesday reported that women would be allowed to drive ... Ultraconservative Saudi clerics, who wield considerable influence in the judiciary and education sectors, had warned that allowing women to drive would corrupt society and lead to sin.
 
2017-09-26

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Former followers accuse church of tithing scam
Fields said church founder Jane Whaley proposed a divine plan that would allow him to continue tithing at least 10 percent of his income to the secretive evangelical church while helping his company survive: He would file fraudulent unemployment claims on behalf of his employees. She called it, he said, "God's plan."
 
2017-09-22

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Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya
Buddhist protesters in Myanmar threw petrol bombs to try to block an aid shipment to Muslims in Rakhine State, where the United Nations has accused the country’s military of ethnic cleansing
 
2017-09-22

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Author Maria Polonchek’s reading in Lawrence to focus on parenting as an atheist
Maria Polonchek did not have an answer when her young son asked her, “Is God everywhere?” ... As an atheist, Polonchek was not sure where to find help answering these types of questions. She searched for resources on secular parenting only to find that few books described what she was experiencing. So she wrote one.
 
2017-09-22

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Brigham Young University ends Mormon ban on caffeinated soda
Brigham Young University, the largest Mormon college in the US, has decided to begin selling caffeinated sodas. The surprise announcement marks a major cultural shift for the church-owned university which has been designated "caffeine-free" since the 1950s.
 
2017-09-22

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Christian numerologist predicts end of the world for Saturday
If you believe a biblical prophecy from Christian numerologist David Meade, then you only have a couple of days left on this earth.
 
2017-09-22

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Topeka prisoner files lawsuit objecting to inundation by Christian propaganda
A Topeka Correctional Facility inmate, who is a plaintiff in a federal religious-freedom lawsuit, complained of the prison’s 8-foot wooden cross, Christian-themed radio and television broadcasts, and housing units saturated with proselytizing messages.
 
2017-09-21

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Muslims in the EU: Feeling at home despite discrimination
A new study shows that while Muslim immigrants integrate well in their countries of residence in the EU, they still experience a lot of discrimination. However, the numbers vary dramatically from country to country.
 
2017-09-21

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Pope acknowledges Catholic church was 'bit late' in recognizing sexual abuse
Speaking before an advisory commission, Pope Francis has addressed the problem of sexual molestation by priests. He said he has learned from his own mistakes in dealing with offenders and called such abuse a "sickness."
 
2017-09-21

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Inspired by 'blasphemy killer', new Pakistani party eyes 2018 vote
The head of a new Pakistani Islamist party that lionizes the killer of a provincial governor said it would take its rallying cry of “death to blasphemers” to next year’s general election, after its surprisingly strong showing in a recent vote.
 
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