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2017-09-20

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Coniston church bells: Pub complainers silence 'noisy' chimes
A timer has been installed at St Andrew's Church in Coniston to stop the clock chiming between 23:00 and 07:00. It follows complaints from the owner of the adjacent Yewdale Inn who said guests complained about the noise.
 
2017-09-20

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Palestinians decry church patriarch's role in land deal
The Greek Orthodox Church has been plunged into a renewed crisis in the Holy Land as its leaders are accused of selling off land to extremist Jewish settlers in prime locations in Jerusalem's Old City.
 
2017-09-20

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Christian school discriminated against five-year-old Sikh boy, tribunal finds
A Victorian tribunal has ruled a Christian school in Melbourne unlawfully discriminated against a young Sikh boy, when it refused to accept him as a student if he wore his traditional headwear
 
2017-09-19

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Pakistan: 57 indicted for lynching of university student Mashal Khan
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted 57 people for the brutal lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy five months ago.
 
2017-09-18

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Blasphemy: A Life-and-death Issue in Pakistan
For those accused of blasphemy - which can include anything seen as a deliberate insult to God, Islam or religious leaders - such an offense is literally a life-and-death matter. The relevant section of Pakistan's penal code recommends either life imprisonment or death for any convicted blasphemer.
 
2017-09-16

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Turnbull defends church that refused to marry couple backing same-sex marriage
Malcolm Turnbull has defended a Victorian church that cancelled the wedding of a local couple after they posted their support for same-sex marriage on Facebook.
 
2017-09-16

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Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims
Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims ... Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian Muslim woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof.
 
2017-09-15

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Christians in the U.S. military "serve Satan" if they tolerate other religions, an Air Force chaplain says
A U.S. Air Force chaplain who ministers to thousands of men and women at an Ohio base is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces “serve Satan” and are “grossly in error” if they support service members' right to practice other faiths.
 
2017-09-15

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Pakistan Christian sentenced to die over blasphemous WhatsApp text
A Pakistani Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy after he sent a Muslim friend a poem on WhatsApp that insulted Islam, a lawyer said Friday. Nadeem James was charged in July last year after his Muslim friend Yasir Bashir complained to police that he received a poem on the messaging app that was derogatory toward the Prophet Mohammed and other holy figures.
 
2017-09-12

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Australian Catholic Church Falls Short on Safeguards for Children, Study Finds
A study that examines child sexual abuse worldwide in the Roman Catholic Church has found that the Australian church has done less to safeguard children in its care than its counterparts in similar countries have.
 
2017-09-12

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Dalai Lama voices sorrow over Buddhist violence in Myanmar
The Dalai Lama has expressed his sorrow at “fighting and killing in the name of different religions”, singling out Yemen and Myanmar as two global priorities for peacemakers.
 
2017-09-12

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An after school Satan club tests the boundaries between church and state
At most schools, band practice, sports, drama and the chess club are the options that kids choose from for their after-school activities. But in 2016, students at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, also had the opportunity to join an After-School Satan Club.
 
2017-09-12

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China jails man for teaching Islam online
A member of a Muslim minority group has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese prison after forming online discussions groups to teach about Islam.
 
2017-09-12

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Catholic leaders decry Dems’ questioning of judicial pick
Roman Catholic leaders are objecting to Democratic senators’ line of questioning for one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, arguing the focus on her faith is misplaced and runs counter to the Constitution’s prohibition on religious tests for political office.
 
2017-09-11

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Pope says humanity will 'go down' if it does not address climate change
“If someone is doubtful that this is true, they should ask scientists. They are very clear. These are not opinions made on the fly. They are very clear. Then each person can decide and history will judge the decisions,” he said.
 
2017-09-07

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Michigan county wins court challenge over Christian prayers
Christian prayers publicly offered by elected officials in a Michigan county don’t run afoul of the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court said Wednesday, rejecting a challenge by a local man who contends the practice violates the rights of people with different beliefs.
 
2017-09-07

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White Christians now a minority among US population, study finds
The share of Americans who identify as white and Christian has dropped below 50 percent, a transformation fuelled by immigration and by growing numbers of people who reject organised religion altogether, according to a new survey released Wednesday.
 
2017-09-07

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Church fight: Court eyes worship houses' use of public funds
Massachusetts' highest court wrestled Thursday over whether allowing houses of worship to receive public funds for restoration inappropriately blurs the line between church and state.
 
2017-09-07

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Bannon on Catholic Church's DACA support: 'They need illegal aliens to fill the churches'
Former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon said the Catholic Church's support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, is economically driven and owes to the church's struggle to fill pews.
 
2017-09-07

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US appeals court rules against Trump on scope of travel ban aimed at some Muslim-majority countries
A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration's effort to temporarily bar most refugees from entering the country, ruling that those who have relationships with a resettlement agency should be exempt from an executive order banning refugees.
 
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