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2018-03-29

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Mormon church to allow parents in youth bishop meetings
The Mormon church is changing its guidelines for how local leaders handle sexual abuse reports and one-on-one meetings with youth a week after a former prominent missionary leader was accused of sexually assaulting two women in the 1980s.The changes announced Monday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints direct lay leaders never to disregard a report of abuse, a more direct instruction than previous guidelines.
 
2018-03-29

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Trans TV anchor pushes change in conservative Muslim country
Marvia Malik has made history in Pakistan by becoming the first transgender newscaster in a conservative Muslim country where members of her community are taunted in public, ostracized by family and targeted in violent attacks.
 
2018-03-29

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Members of Muslim community denounce alleged abuse spawned from failed arranged marriage
Abdulah and Hamdiya Al Hishmawi, a Muslim couple from Iraq, face felony charges for allegedly abusing their 16-year-old daughter because she didn't want to participate in an arranged marriage. Muslim Children Education and Civic Center spokesperson Sakib Shaikh said that though arranged marriages are common in the Muslim religion and Middle Eastern cultures, there's no excuse for the alleged abuse.
 
2018-03-23

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Pakistani Court Orders Arrest of Cleric Linked to Islamabad Protests
A court in Islamabad issued an arrest warrant this week for Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the founder of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), in connection with last year's protests that turned violent and disrupted public order in Islamabad for nearly three weeks.
 
2018-03-23

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Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt was part of Christian survivalist group that discussed 'dangerous' chemicals
Mark Anthony Conditt reportedly took part in a conservative outdoors club called Righteous Invasion of Truth (RIOT), in which home-schooled young people studied the Bible and were taught gun skills.
 
2018-03-23

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Former Mormon Mission President Accused of Sexual Assault
The Mormon church is investigating a former missionary training center president who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the 1980s, following the release this week of a secret audio recording where he is heard apologizing to her and citing a sex addiction.
 
2018-03-23

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Archbishop of Canterbury 'ashamed' of Church over abuse
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said how "ashamed" he is of the Church in the wake of the child sex abuse inquiry.
 
2018-03-19

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US 'Crusaders' militia on trial for anti-Muslim plot
Kansas authorities say 'the Crusaders' hoped to detonate four car bombs attacking a mosque and an apartment complex.
 
2018-03-16

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Stephen Hawking Was an Atheist. Here’s What He Said About God, Heaven and His Own Death
The physicist, who died Wednesday at age 76, wasn’t expected to see his 25th birthday, after being diagnosed with the incurable neurodegenerative condition ALS at age 21 ... Here are some of Hawking’s most interesting thoughts about death, the afterlife and God.
 
2018-03-09

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Sri Lanka Buddhist monks denounce anti-Muslim riots
Hundreds of Buddhist monks and activists have rallied in the Sri Lanka's capital against anti-Muslim riots that have killed at least two people and forced the government to declare a nationwide state of emergency.
 
2018-03-09

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Catholic women urge pope to tear down Church's 'walls of misogyny'
Roman Catholic women led by former Irish president Mary McAleese demanded a greater decision-making role for women in the Church on Thursday, urging Pope Francis to tear down its “walls of misogyny”.
 
2018-03-09

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Senior adviser at HUD spread conspiracy theory that Clinton campaign chairman was Satanist
senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development spread a false conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign chairman took part in a Satanic ritual, a CNN KFile review of his tweets show.
 
2018-03-09

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Christian Group Regains Status At Wayne State University
Wayne State University officials have reversed a decision to decertify a Christian student group for requiring its leaders to embrace its religious beliefs.
 
2018-03-09

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Publishers rejected her, Christians attacked her: The deep faith of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ author Madeleine L’Engle
While L’Engle considered herself a devout Christian, and sprinkled the book with scriptural references, she was accused of promoting witchcraft —an accusation made later against “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.
 
2018-03-09

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Atheist kicked off live Egypt TV show for 'inappropriate' ideas: 'Go straight to a psychiatric hospital'
An atheist has been kicked off a live TV show in Egypt after the host accused him of being “confused and unreliable” and being in need of psychiatric treatment. Mohammad Hashem was presenting his reasons for being an atheist on Alhadath Alyoum TV when host Mahmoud Abd Al-Halim told him he was being “inappropriate”.
 
2018-03-08

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Pakistani Panel Urges Harsher Penalty for False Blasphemy Accusations
Pakistanis who make false accusations of blasphemy should receive the same punishment as those convicted of the offense, a special committee on human rights in Pakistan's Senate recommended Tuesday.
 
2018-03-08

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Christian Group Sues After Losing Status at Detroit Campus
A student group that follows Christianity is suing Wayne State University after it lost its status as a campus organization. InterVarsity says it's a victim of discrimination after serving Wayne State students for decades. The lawsuit in Detroit federal court says the university took action last fall after learning that the group's leaders are required to embrace Christianity.
 
2018-03-08

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Survivors of Catholic church abuse in Ireland demand papal meeting
Survivors of sexual and physical abuse in schools run by the Catholic church in Ireland have demanded a meeting with Pope Francis during his visit to the country in the summer to discuss compensation.
 
2018-03-08

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Celebrity atheist backs out of NZ tour amid allegations
A celebrity atheist facing a raft of allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women has backed out of a New Zealand tour. Lawrence Krauss was due to speak on a double-bill with Richard Dawkins at the Science in the Soul tour in May in Auckland and Christchurch, but the promoter this morning announced he would no longer be on the bill.
 
2018-03-08

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Indonesian Islamic university bans burqas on campus
An Indonesian state Islamic university faced criticism from Muslim groups and activists on Wednesday after it banned female students from wearing full-face veils citing fears over the spread of radical ideology on the campus.
 
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