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2017-02-15

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Church of England Stance on Gay Marriage in Disarray After Vote
The Church of England's legislative body on Wednesday voted against a report from bishops that rejected the idea of blessing same-sex marriages, the latest row over an issue that has divided the Church for years.
 
2017-02-15

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Animist wins appeal to thwart Christian prayer in public meetings
A federal court of appeals is siding with an animist who said members of a public board in Michigan violated the First Amendment by opening monthly meetings with Christian prayers.
 
2017-02-14

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Ahok trial: The blasphemy case testing Indonesian identity
Millions of Indonesians are set to elect local leaders, but the focus is on the capital Jakarta, where the city's first non-Muslim governor is fighting not only for re-election but to stay out of jail.
 
2017-02-14

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In France, Some Muslims Seek To 'Adapt' Islam To Secular Culture
Many French Muslims like Oubrou believe it's time to create a uniquely French brand of Islam — one that is compatible with the country's secular values and responds better to the needs of modern Muslims.
 
2017-02-12

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Church-sponsored Boy Scout troops won't be forced into transgender membership policy
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting said in a statement that despite the Boy Scouts' announcement on Jan. 30 that welcomed girls who identify as boys as members, the new policy "has no impact on the operation and program delivery of Scouting program(s) in Catholic-chartered units."
 
2017-02-12

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Thousands gathered at Jakarta mosque urged to vote for Muslim governor
Thousands of Indonesians gathered on Saturday at a mosque in central Jakarta, where religious leaders urged them to support a Muslim candidate during next week's contentious election to select the capital's governor.
 
2017-02-12

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Man has charity donation frozen by US because his name is Mr Islam
Mamunul Islam, who is a British citizen, raised £400 for a UK food bank and Eventbrite, a website which facilitates fundraising, said the name “M Islam” featured on a list created by the US Office for Foreign Assets and Control.
 
2017-02-09

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Hinduism in California school curriculum: Civil rights lawsuit filed against state
CAPEEM and three Bay Area residents filed the lawsuit to challenge California’s history-social science curriculum. They say the curriculum appears to highlight the positive aspects of other religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Confucianism, but does not provide the same treatment of Hinduism.
 
2017-02-09

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Group asks Arkansas to set hearing on satanic monument
A group behind a satanic monument proposed near Arkansas’ Capitol wants the state to set a hearing on its proposal despite legislation aimed at blocking the display’s consideration.
 
2017-02-09

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U.S. senators denounce Trump plan to focus counter-extremism program on Islam
A dozen Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday denounced a Trump administration plan to revamp a government program on countering violent extremism, saying narrowing its focus solely to Islamic threats could jeopardize security and may be illegal.
 
2017-02-09

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Catholic church’s ‘pontifical secret’ stops disclosure of sex abuse allegations, expert says
Since 1974, an instruction from the pope known as Secreta Continere, or the pontifical secret, has imposed strict secrecy on the investigation and handling of child abuse allegations within the church.
 
2017-02-09

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Catholic priest gets prison for producing child porn
A former U.S. Navy chaplain and Catholic priest from Millsboro has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and lifetime supervision for taking pornographic pictures of a teen boy, according to U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III of Delaware.
 
2017-02-08

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Church of England: we'll vote to block excessive boardroom pay deals
The Church of England, a major institutional investor, has put UK company bosses on notice that exorbitant pay deals will not be tolerated.
 
2017-02-08

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Trump's Church Politics Idea Has Wide Reach, Beyond GOP Base
Republican President Donald Trump's pledge to scrap limits on church political activity could have sweeping effects that extend beyond his conservative supporters to more liberal congregations, including the black evangelical church that has long been a key component of the Democratic Party's electoral machinery.
 
2017-02-06

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Buddhist monk held after millions of meth pills found in monastery
A Buddhist monk in Myanmar has been caught hiding more than 4m methamphetamine pills in his monastery, police said, following a record haul of stimulant seizures last year.
 
2017-02-06

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Watchdog Group That Fought Catholic Church Faces Upheaval
A victims' support group that helped force the Roman Catholic Church to confront the problem of child-molesting priests is going through upheaval of its own, including the resignations of two top leaders and a potentially reputation-damaging lawsuit.
 
2017-02-06

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Parents of teen fatally beaten by church group sentenced
Authorities said the parents were part of a group of church leaders and members who beat the brothers after they discussed leaving the insular Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford.
 
2017-02-06

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Catholic use of confession to be scrutinised by child abuse royal commission
Whether what is heard in the confessional box should continue to stay there will be considered by the child sexual abuse royal commission as it again turns its focus to widespread offending in the Catholic Church in Australia this week.
 
2017-02-06

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4,444 victims: extent of abuse in Catholic church in Australia revealed
On Monday the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse released damning statistics on the scale of the crisis within the Catholic Church. The numbers confirm the extent of sexual predation already suggested by four years of royal commission hearings involving the church, which are now entering their final weeks.
 
2017-02-06

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Islamic Authority Rejects Egypt's Move to Reform Divorce
Egypt's top Islamic authority on Sunday rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives.
 
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