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2017-11-29

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Defiant Malaysian atheists demand right to coexist
The Malaysian Atheists and Secular Humanists (MASH) group said the Muslim-majority country’s latest trend of denouncing people who did not subscribe to any religion, descripting these people as “disruptions” to society, was worrying.
 
2017-11-29

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Trump retweets British anti-Islam politician's videos
President Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday morning, retweeting violent images and videos that appeared to be anti-Islamic in nature.
 
2017-11-29

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Controversial monk and Dalai Lama aide replaced amid corruption accusations
Prominent Buddhists in North America are welcoming the apparent downfall of the Dalai Lama’s self-styled “personal emissary of peace”, a Tibetan monk who befriended celebrities and billionaires but has been accused of bullying, celebrity worship and corruption.
 
2017-11-28

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They left Islam and now tour the US to talk about it
Muslims who leave the faith often face abuse and violence - but a grassroots group that's touring American colleges is trying to help.
 
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.
 
2017-11-27

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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.
 
2017-11-27

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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.
 
2017-11-27

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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.
 
2017-11-27

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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.
 
2017-11-18

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Christian Support for Roy Moore ‘Looks Like Hypocrisy to the Outside World’
Before this month, Roy Moore was best known nationally for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama state supreme-court building. Now, the aspiring senator is accused of hitting on teens at an Alabama mall and inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl.
 
2017-11-18

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Homeland Security's head of community outreach resigns over past controversial comments on black community, Islam
In past radio appearances, Johnson had said the black community was responsible for turning major US cities into "slums" and argued that Islam's only contribution to society was "oil and dead bodies."
 
2017-11-18

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School cancels Muslim speaker after community backlash
What was intended to be an educational presentation about Islam turned into a controversy when threatening comments prompted school officials to cancel the event.
 
2017-11-18

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Irish Catholic priest urges Christians to abandon the word Christmas
An Irish Catholic priest has called for Christians to stop using the word Christmas because it has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer”. Father Desmond O’Donnell said Christians of any denomination need to accept Christmas now has no sacred meaning.
 
2017-11-17

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Indonesia's Orang Rimba: Forced to renounce their faith
The Sumatran rainforests of Indonesia are home to the Orang Rimba - the people of the jungle. Their faith and nomadic way of life are not recognised by the state and, as their forests are destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, many are being forced to convert to Islam to survive.
 
2017-11-16

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Buddha tattoo woman Naomi Coleman wins compensation
A woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm has won compensation...Granting her compensation of 800,000 Sri Lankan rupees - about £4,000 - the country's Supreme Court said her treatment was "scandalous and horrifying" and ruled her rights had been violated.
 
2017-11-16

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Church of Satan tells followers ‘Christians own paedophelia’, following allegations against Roy Moore
"Many of the people coming to the defence of Moore [will] decry the horrors of moral relativism but then equivocate when one of their own is cruising shopping malls for underage prey," the Church of Satan's Reverend Raul Antony told Newsweek.
 
2017-11-16

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In Myanmar, The Persecution Of the Muslim Minority, The Rohingya Continues
NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Maung Zarni, fellow with the Cambodian Documentation Center, specializing in genocide in Buddhist countries, about how the Burmese justify their actions and what it would take to broker a resolution to the current crisis.
 
2017-11-16

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Assaults against Muslims in U.S. surpass 2001 level
The number of assaults against Muslims in the United States rose significantly between 2015 and 2016, easily surpassing the modern peak reached in 2001, the year of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new hate crimes statistics from the FBI.
 
2017-11-16

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Pakistani police clash with protesters at anti-blasphemy sit-in
Pakistani police have clashed with protesters and arrested dozens in an attempt to disperse an anti-blasphemy sit-in staged by a hardline cleric, which has blocked a main entrance to Islamabad for a week, choking traffic and putting the capital on near lockdown.
 
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