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2017-02-01

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On Gorsuch, it's evangelicals vs. atheists
Several days before President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, he predicted that "evangelicals, Christians will love my pick." If early reaction holds, Trump's hunch rings true.
 
2017-01-31

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Building Zion: the controversial plan for a Mormon-inspired city in Vermont
A Mormon businessman is buying up land to build master-planned towns from scratch, inspired by church founder Joseph Smith’s idea for a ‘plat of Zion’ – so why does the church oppose it?
 
2017-01-31

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Norway’s Lutheran Church Embraces Same-Sex Marriage
Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of new ceremonial language that will allow its pastors to conduct same-sex marriages, bringing it into line with several other mainstream Protestant denominations abroad.
 
2017-01-31

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Austria to ban full-face veil in public places
Austria's ruling coalition has agreed to prohibit full-face veils in public spaces such as courts and schools. It is also considering a more general ban on state employees wearing the headscarf and other religious symbols.
 
2017-01-30

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Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan detains 26/11 Mumbai attacks suspect
Pakistani officials have ordered the detention of a firebrand cleric linked to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which killed 166 people. Hafiz Saeed - who led the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group and has a $10m (£5.8m) US bounty on his head - is under house arrest in Lahore.
 
2017-01-30

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Quebec mosque attack: Student Alexandre Bissonnette charged
Canadian police have charged a French-Canadian student over the fatal shooting of six Muslim worshippers at a mosque in Quebec...A man of Moroccan heritage who was also arrested after the attack, Mohamed Khadir, is now being treated as a witness.
 
2017-01-30

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New York Muslims Encouraged by Mass Support as Thousands Protest Trump's Immigration Ban
After thousands of people showed up at JFK Airport and in Lower Manhattan over the weekend to protest President Trump's ban on immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, some New York Muslims say that they feel comforted by the widespread support.
 
2017-01-30

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Christian Leaders Denounce Trump’s Plan to Favor Christian Refugees
A broad array of clergy members has strongly denounced Mr. Trump’s order as discriminatory, misguided and inhumane. Outrage has also come from some of the evangelical, Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant leaders who represent the churches most active in trying to aid persecuted Christians.
 
2017-01-27

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5th Navajo sues Mormon church for alleged sexual abuse
A fifth person has filed a lawsuit against the Mormon church accusing religious officials of not doing enough to protect Navajo children from sexual abuse in a now defunct church-run foster program that placed thousands of American Indian children with Mormon families.
 
2017-01-27

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Museum head defies Russian Orthodox Church over cathedral
The director of a museums' association has urged the Russian Orthodox Church's patriarch to recall its bid to take control of St. Petersburg's landmark cathedral, a move that has inflamed public passions.
 
2017-01-27

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‘Trump is Here Now’: Man Charged With Hate Crimes After Muslim Woman Attacked at JFK Airport
A man who allegedly kicked and shouted “Trump is here now” at a Delta contractor wearing a hijab at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport has been charged with hate crimes, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
 
2017-01-27

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New book claims halal is ‘invented tradition’, not a pillar of Islam
The halal market hasn’t stopped growing since the 1980s. But according to anthropologist Florence Bergeaud-Blackler, author of the new book “The Halal Market or The Invention of a Tradition”, buying halal is not a religious obligation.
 
2017-01-27

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President Trump Says He Will Prioritize Persecuted Christians in Refugee Policy
President Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network on Friday that he will help persecuted Christians under his new refugee policy, although he did not say whether he would do so for other religious groups.
 
2017-01-25

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Bishop: 'Un-Christian' to deny refugees help
Bishop Mark Seitz said it would be "unChristian" to deny refugees who are seeking asylum in the United States assistance.
 
2017-01-25

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Satanic Temple monument proposal advances to public hearin
The proposal for a Satanic Temple monument on [Arkansas] State Capitol grounds has been deemed sufficient and will move on to the public hearing.
 
2017-01-25

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Pope takes over Knights of Malta Catholic order after condom dispute
The Vatican said Wednesday it was taking over the embattled Knights of Malta lay Catholic order in an extraordinary display of papal power after the Knights’ grand master publicly defied Pope Francis in a bitter dispute over condoms.
 
2017-01-24

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FFRF, parent sue to end 75 years of bible classes in Mercer County, W.Va.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed its first lawsuit of the year to end egregiously unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" classes in Mercer County Schools, W.Va...The bible instruction, taught by itinerant teachers who possess "a degree in Bible," begins in first grade.
 
2017-01-23

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Sex, lies video claims hit monk
A former disciple of a revered Kalasin-based monk lodged a complaint Monday with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), accusing him of sexual misconduct and the temple of trying to cover it up by framing her.
 
2017-01-23

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Ex-Indiana U. student gets probation for Muslim woman attack
A former Indiana University student who tried to remove a Muslim woman’s headscarf has been sentenced to one year on probation after pleading guilty to battery.
 
2017-01-23

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St Stanislaus' College: Catholic school to apologise to sexually abused students
School says apology ‘a reconciliatory gesture’ but critic says apology only follows media attention.
 
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