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2017-10-25

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Most of world lacks real religious freedom, UN official says
Three-quarters of the world's people live in countries that either restrict the right to religion or belief or have "a high level of social hostility involving religion or belief," the U.N. special investigator on religious rights said Tuesday.
 
2017-10-23

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Buddhists protest to urge Myanmar not to repatriate Rohingya
Hundreds of hard-line Buddhists protested Sunday to urge Myanmar’s government not to repatriate the nearly 600,000 minority Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh since late August to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
 
2017-10-23

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India says Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims
India's foreign minister told Bangladesh's government that Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims to resolve one of Asia's largest refugee crises in decades, the government said.
 
2017-10-23

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Guam's Catholic Church says clergy now free of sexual abusers
A lawsuit has also been filed in relation to abuse by a now defrocked priest in the 1990s - raising questions about whether abuse may have been occurring more recently. But the church says it has now taken steps to prevent abuses.
 
2017-10-18

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Kent school cuts ties with Christian group after parents' complaints
A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a demonstration of “God’s power” in assemblies.
 
2017-10-18

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Motion filed to unseal documents involving prior First Baptist Church sex abuse
A popular Columbia church is at the center of a lawsuit claiming sex abuse - again. The family of a teen filed a civil lawsuit in Richland County against First Baptist Church of Columbia accusing a former youth ministry volunteer of sex abuse last week.
 
2017-10-18

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Greece passes gender identity law amid church protest
A new gender identity law will likely improve the lives of transgender people in Greece. But before it was passed, Greek Orthodox clergymen railed against the bill, even threatening to excommunicate transgender people.
 
2017-10-18

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For the first time ever, most Americans say a person can be good without God
For the first time, a majority of Americans (56 percent) say it is possible to be a good person without a religious belief. So says new Pew Research Center data drawn from two polls conducted among about 5,000 American adults in June and July.
 
2017-10-18

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Quebec to vote on law forcing Muslim women to remove face veils on public transport
A new law proposed by the local government would ban any form of face covering for people offering and receiving public services in the province.
 
2017-10-12

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Catholic Church 'hiding behind the law' over historic abuse compensation claims
A man who was raped and beaten by priests and brothers as a 12-year-old says he felt like a beggar when he asked the Catholic Church for money to pay for medical bills for treatment of the mental and physical illness he suffered as a result of his abuse.
 
2017-10-12

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Pope Francis Demands Catholics Reject the Death Penalty as 'Inadmissible' in Every Form
Pope Francis doubled-down on his demand that Catholics reject the death penalty Wednesday, calling it “contrary to the Gospel” and “inhumane" to human dignity.
 
2017-10-12

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Three Ahmadis sentenced to death for blasphemy
Three members of Pakistan's persecuted Ahmadi sect have been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in the central town of Sheikhupura, a community spokesperson said ... The three men were arrested in May 2014 after they tore down religious posters in Bhoiwal, a village about 22km southwest of the city of Lahore.
 
2017-10-10

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Two men arrested over alleged UVF threats to Catholic families
Two alleged members of the Ulster Volunteer Force have been arrested in connection with the sectarian intimidation of four Catholic families from a religiously mixed housing development in east Belfast.
 
2017-10-10

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Anger as Oxford college bans Christian group from freshers' fair
A University of Oxford college banned Christian Union representatives from attending its freshers’ fair over concerns at the “potential for harm to freshers”. Balliol Christian Union (CU) was told the college’s student body, the JCR, wanted the freshers’ fair to be a “secular space”, according to Oxford’s student newspaper Cherwell.
 
2017-10-10

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Church 'failed' over Sussex abuse priest Jonathan Graves
Concerns about a former Church of England priest who tortured and sexually abused two boys in Sussex were first raised two decades ago, a BBC investigation has revealed.
 
2017-10-10

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Notre Dame student fears losing birth control coverage under university health plan
Because of the Catholic Church's strict stance against contraception, Notre Dame University has fought the birth control mandate for years ... Although the university hasn't yet decided to withdraw coverage completely, some women on this campus are worried they're about to lose an important part of their health care.
 
2017-10-10

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Number of women accusing Catholic priest of sexual abuse rises to 23
The accusers of former Rev. Adam Prochaski, ranging in age from 39 to 57, say the priest abused them in the Holy Cross parish in Maspeth between 1972 and 1994. The women were between 11 to 16 years old when the abuse allegedly took place.
 
2017-10-07

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IRS revokes tax exempt status for Peroutka's Institute on the Constitution
Th Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of the Institute on the Constitution, an organization founded by Anne Arundel County Councilman Michael Peroutka ... to spread his interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, which he bases on his Christian faith.
 
2017-10-07

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Radicalization in Belgium: 'It will take years to fix'
Belgium has been fighting religious radicalization since it became painfully obvious that Islamists were operating in the country. Art and humor have become tools in the battle. But there is still a very long way to go.
 
2017-10-07

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Religious Liberty or Discrimination?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a government-wide memo to bolster federal protections for religious liberties on Friday, a move that could also weaken the federal government’s ability to prevent gender and LGBT discrimination.
 
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