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2017-01-02

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The Long, Slow Death of Religion
By now, it’s clear that religion is fading in America, as it has done in most advanced Western democracies. Dozens of surveys find identical evidence: Fewer American adults, especially those under 30, attend church — or even belong to a church. They tell interviewers their religion is “none.” They ignore faith.
 
2016-12-29

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Thai parliament grants king power to name Buddhist patriarch
Thailand's military-appointed parliament has granted the king absolute power in naming a supreme patriarch, the top ecclesiastical position of Thai Buddhism. The amendment approved Thursday means the king can eliminate the traditional vote of the senior monks' body, the Supreme Sangha Council.
 
2016-12-29

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Atheist United Church minister starting new secular community in Toronto
A minister deemed unsuitable by the United Church for declaring herself an atheist is now at the heart of an effort to establish a type of church-style, secular community in Canada.
 
2016-12-29

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NYPD allows Sikh and Muslim officers to grow beards
The New York Police Department has relaxed its policies to allow Sikh and Muslim officers to grow beards of 1.27cm long for religious reasons, in a move aimed recruiting more minorities.
 
2016-12-26

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Atheist group offers church-like gathering in Salt Lake City
A new Salt Lake City atheist group is offering non-believers a church-like service that offers music, readings and community for those who don’t belong to the state’s dominant religion, Mormonism, or other faith groups.
 
2016-12-26

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Sri Lankan church service prints Tupac rap lyrics by accident
What [churchgoers in Sri Lanka] expected was the words to the Hail Mary, a common Christian prayer. What they got instead was the profanity-laced lyrics to rap legend Tupac Shakur's Hail Mary.
 
2016-12-26

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Fearful Christmas in Baghdad after attacks on Christians
Christians in Baghdad celebrated Christmas on Sunday in a heightened state of fear after deadly attacks on Christian-owned shops that sell alcohol.
 
2016-12-22

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Catholic health educator in Texas fired for refusing to teach birth control
A former Texas health-center worker said she was fired and discriminated against after refusing to teach patients about contraceptive practices that, she says, violate her religious beliefs.
 
2016-12-22

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With Obama's Signature, U.S. Religious Freedom Law Protects Atheists
When President Barack Obama signed an update to U.S. law protecting religious freedom late last week, one provision drew special attention: U.S. law now recognizes non-believers as, in essence, a religious group.
 
2016-12-22

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Pope Francis Outlines More Reforms, And Addresses Powerful Church Critics
Pope Francis has outlined more reforms to the Roman Catholic Church, including elevating more women and lay people to leadership positions and focusing more on the multicultural nature of the modern church.
 
2016-12-21

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H.B. planning commissioner resigns in wake of controversial comments about Islam
A Huntington Beach planning commissioner resigned after facing public backlash for comments he made online denigrating Islam, it was announced Monday at the City Council meeting.
 
2016-12-21

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Christian rapper kills music producer over CDs
Aspiring Christian rapper Ryan Salandy will spend 18 years in prison for running over and killing his music producer. Salandy, who was convicted of second degree murder in September, was sentenced Monday.
 
2016-12-21

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Vandals attack satanic display erected as atheist protest to Nativity scene
A 300-pound metal sculpture of a satanic pentagram, erected as an atheist protest to a public park’s Nativity scene, was severely damaged on Tuesday when it was pulled to the ground by vandals.
 
2016-12-18

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El Salvador Church Fires 3 Priests for Sex Abuse
El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church has separated three men from the priesthood after they were found guilty by church officials of sexually abusing children. One is Rev. Jesus Delgado, one of the country's best-known priests and a former top official in the San Salvador archdiocese.
 
2016-12-18

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Muslim cleric banned in Pakistan is preaching in UK mosques
A Pakistani Muslim cleric who celebrated the murder of a popular politician is in Britain on a speaking tour of mosques. The news has alarmed social cohesion experts who fear such tours are promoting divisions in the Muslim community.
 
2016-12-18

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Ex-Mormon creates MormonWikiLeaks website, set to launch on Monday
In the name of transparency, ex-Mormon Ryan McKnight hopes to "do some good" by providing an avenue for people to leak confidential information about the LDS church.
 
2016-12-16

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Saudi Arabia to 'inoculate' children against Westernisation, atheism and liberalism
Saudi Arabia is launching a programme to “inoculate” children against Westernisation, atheism, liberalism and secularism.They were listed as threats to “ideological security”, ahead of the danger from extremist groups including Isis and al-Qaeda and sectarianism.
 
2016-12-15

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Buddhism scripture teachers struggling to keep up with demand from state schools
Buddhist Council of New South Wales chairman Brian White said there were more than 3,000 public school students across the state studying Buddhism, and the number was growing rapidly.
 
2016-12-15

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Muslim woman 'made up NY subway hate attack' by Trump fans
A young Muslim woman who reported being harassed on the New York subway by supporters of US President-elect Donald Trump has been arrested for fabricating the story, officials say...She reportedly later admitted to police she had been out drinking and had made up the story as an excuse.
 
2016-12-14

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Reports: Gulf States supporting ultraconservative Islam branch in Germany
Gulf state religious groups are suspected of backing German Salafists with their governments' approval. Intelligence officials found "No difference" between one group's missionary work and its jihadist ideology.
 
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