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2017-12-06

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Christian baker, same-sex couple speak out on Supreme Court case
the Supreme Court will hear arguments in one of the biggest cases of its term: a battle that pits the right to free speech and religion against a right to be free from discrimination. Justices will hear arguments from a Colorado Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012.
 
2017-12-06

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Documents: Transgender teen wants treatment. Parents want 'Christian-based' therapy
A Hamilton County judge will decide whether a transgender boy whose parents, according to court documents, want "Christian-based" therapy for him can receive treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
 
2017-12-05

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Melbourne Catholic archdiocese's inaction had 'catastrophic' consequences
The failure of senior figures within the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne, including the former archbishop Thomas Francis Little, to deal with serious allegations of child sexual abuse “demonstrates the catastrophic human consequences of inaction”, a report from the child sex abuse royal commission has found.
 
2017-12-05

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To Promote Diversity, N.H. City Will Fly An Atheist Flag Over The Ten Commandments
On a small bit of land in Somersworth, New Hampshire, two very different symbols will soon share space. At ground level, a monument of the Ten Commandments, and just above it, the “atheist flag” will blow in the breeze.
 
2017-11-29

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Goat head topper stolen from San Jose Satanist group’s Christmas tree
Authorities are investigating the theft of an unusual topper from a tree decorated by the San Jose chapter of The Satanic Temple as part of this year’s Christmas in the Park.
 
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.
 
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