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2017-11-06

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Stephen Fry 'enchanted' by the reaction to his blasphemy case
'I was enchanted." That was the bemused response of world-renowned comedian and writer Stephen Fry when asked his reaction to the furore that followed a complaint to gardai that comments he made on RTE about the existence of God were contrary to Ireland's blasphemy laws.
 
2017-11-03

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Catholic nurse sues Duke University Hospital after refusing to assist with abortions, contraception
A Catholic nurse sued Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., alleging it discriminated against her religious beliefs by failing to accommodate her objections to abortion, birth control and giving vaccinations.
 
2017-11-03

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Vastness of Space Suggests There is No Almighty Creator
Philosophers of religion such as Michael Martin and Nicholas Everitt have asked us to consider the kind of universe we would expect the Christian God to have created, and compare it with the universe we actually live in. They argue there is a mismatch. Everitt focuses on how big the universe is, and argues this gives us reason to believe the God of classical Christianity doesn’t exist.
 
2017-11-02

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Suppressed at home, some Uzbeks turn to militant Islam abroad
Pushed by a lack of jobs and strict control of behavior and dissent, millions of Uzbeks have emigrated in recent years. Hundreds of those joined Islamic State in the Middle East, while others turned to religious extremism in their host countries.
 
2017-11-02

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One in Five Indonesian Students Support Islamic Caliphate: Survey
Nearly 20 percent of high school and university students in Indonesia support the establishment of a caliphate in the world's largest Muslim-majority country over the current secular government, a new survey showed this week.
 
2017-10-31

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8 Dead as Truck Careens Down Bike Path in Manhattan in Terror Attack
He was identified as a 29-year-old from Uzbekistan who came to the U.S. in 2010. Officials say that he shouted “God is great” in Arabic, and that notes indicating loyalty to ISIS were near his truck.
 
2017-10-31

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Christian Writer Banned From Liberty University Campus After Criticizing Trump Ally
An evangelical Christian writer and pastor says he's been banned from the Liberty University campus for criticizing President Jerry Falwell, Jr., a longtime ally of President Donald Trump.
 
2017-10-31

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Pope Francis admits: 'When I pray, sometimes I fall asleep'
Eighty-year-old Argentinian pontiff, who often prays for long periods with his eyes closed, claims saints also napped while praying.
 
2017-10-31

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Catholic and Protestant leaders unite to mark start of Reformation
Catholic and Protestant leaders have stressed their mutual bonds 500 years after the start of the Reformation, a movement that tore apart western Christianity and sparked a string of bloody religious wars in Europe lasting more than a century.
 
2017-10-30

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Hindu Nationalists Stir Up Controversy Over Taj Mahal
India's most famous monument, the Taj Mahal, is at the center of a bitter controversy stirred up by Hindu nationalists who say the Muslim emperor who built India's iconic monument was a "traitor."
 
2017-10-30

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Copts call for action over church closures in southern Egypt
Coptic Christians in the south of Egypt renewed calls on local authorities for an end to discrimination, after a number of churches have been closed down in recent weeks.
 
2017-10-30

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After 'Choosing Donald Trump,' Is The Evangelical Church In Crisis?
There have been growing racial and generational divisions within the church, Mansfield says, and Trump's election seems to have brought some of those simmering tensions to the surface, putting evangelicalism at a potential crossroads.
 
2017-10-30

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Egypt court orders ban on ‘anti-Islam’ broadcast
An Egyptian court ruled Sunday that a television programme deemed contrary to Islamic law should not be broadcast, following a request from the country’s highest institution of Sunni Islam.
 
2017-10-30

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Onward Christian Soldiers dropped from local Remembrance Sunday service
Leicestershire vicar took decision to drop hymn out of respect for people of other faiths and cultures who gave their lives.
 
2017-10-30

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Marine Sergeant's Trial Over Recruit's Death Due This Week
A Marine Corps drill instructor is scheduled to face court-martial over charges he abused two Muslim recruits, one of whom leaped to his death last year after a reported altercation.
 
2017-10-27

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Advice to Wisconsin Priests on LGBTQ Funerals Is Criticized
A top aide to Bishop Robert Morlino has issued guidance to priests in the Catholic Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, that critics say could limit the availability of funeral rites within the church for gay people.
 
2017-10-27

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Betsy DeVos’s Schedule Shows Focus on Religious and Nontraditional Schools
Her calendar is sprinkled with meetings with religious leaders, leading national advocates of vouchers and charter schools, and players involved in challenging state laws that limit the distribution of government funds to support religious or alternative schools.
 
2017-10-26

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Jane Flint: ‘Having an atheist chaplain is about patient choice’
The first non-religious pastoral carer in the NHS on why patients need someone to just be there – to hear their stories or bear witness to their pain, whatever their beliefs.
 
2017-10-26

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Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Catholic Diocese of Yakima
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of a young man who says Rev. Gustavo Gomez Santos abused him at St. Juan Diego Catholic Church in Cowiche in 2012 when the alleged victim was 16 or 17 years old. The lawsuit claims the Diocese of Yakima knew or should have known that Gomez posed a danger but failed to prevent him from sexually abusing the plaintiff.
 
2017-10-26

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Clerical sex abuse disclosures skyrocket in pope’s Argentina
While Pope Francis struggles to make good on his “zero tolerance” pledge to fight clerical sex abuse worldwide, victims in his native Argentina are denouncing abuses in unprecedented numbers. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that the number of clerics publicly identified as alleged sexual abusers has increased dramatically in the last two years.
 
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