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2016-12-14

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Cairo church bombing
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Cairo church on Sunday that killed 25 people, mainly women. In a statement circulated online, it said the bomber had killed and injured 80 people, vowing “to continue war against apostates”.
 
2016-12-14

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Church members march against Satanic holiday display in Boca Raton
About 40 members from the Church of All Nations marched two miles from their church to Sanborn Square, calling for the removal of the 20 foot, 300 pound Pentagram, which was placed near the park’s nativity scene.
 
2016-12-14

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Study Shows The U.S. Attracts An Elite Muslim And Hindu Population
Hindus and Muslims who have migrated to the United States in recent years are especially well-educated, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center...The high education levels of U.S. Hindus and Muslims are in stark contrast to the schooling levels of those populations worldwide, where they are the two least educated of all religious groups.
 
2016-12-13

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Catholic church in Manila issues prayer against expanded death penalty
Roman Catholic churches in Manila on Sunday read a prayer against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's plans to re-impose the death penalty on heinous crimes, including drug-related offences.
 
2016-12-13

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Atheist Who Fought Illinois Laws Dies in Small Plane Crash
An Illinois man who was one of the better-known atheists in the country and an activist for keeping religious and government affairs separate died in a plane crash last week, officials said Monday. The McHenry County coroner said an autopsy Monday revealed that Robert I. Sherman, 63, of Poplar Grove, died from multiple crash injuries.
 
2016-12-13

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Cairo bombing: Sisi names suicide bomber as Coptic Christians protest
Mourners have paid their respects to the victims of Sunday’s attack on the seat of Coptic Christianity in Egypt, as the Coptic pope sought to heal sectarian frictions amid rising anger from a minority that claims it is insufficiently protected.
 
2016-12-13

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'Ahok': Jakarta governor's blasphemy trial begins
The governor of Jakarta, a Christian of Chinese descent, has denied he intended to insult Islam, during his blasphemy trial in the Indonesian capital.
 
2016-12-11

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Activist objects to bath mats with image of Hindu deity
Universal Society of Hinduism President Rajan Zed said Lord Ganesha is highly revered in Hinduism and is meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not used to dry feet.
 
2016-12-08

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Catholic church denies link to pregnancy centre accused of covert anti-abortion agenda
The Catholic church has denied any link to a New South Wales pregnancy centre accused of deceptively pushing an anti-abortion agenda to women, despite records showing the local diocese set up its website.
 
2016-12-08

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Careful steps for Catholic Church tasked with pulling Congo back from crisis
The task of preventing Democratic Republic of Congo’s political crisis from spiralling into fresh conflict falls to the country’s Catholic Church, one of the few institutions to emerge from decades of turmoil with its credibility intact.
 
2016-12-08

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Where is the world's most 'godless' city?
Norwich has the highest proportion of residents describing themselves as having no religion, while Berlin has been called the ‘atheist capital of Europe’. But what about the rest of the world? And is such an assessment meaningful?
 
2016-12-08

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Battle Over Holiday Displays: Satanic display erected next to nativity scene
A Boca Raton community is in disbelief after a large pentagram display reading, "In Satan we trust", is placed in the middle of Sanborn Square. The display reads, "Celebrate Winter Solstice", as well as, "Hail Satan, Not Gods." Further outraging many locals is that it's placed between a Christmas Tree and a Christian Nativity scene.
 
2016-12-08

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Atheist billboard targets Christmas in Colorado Springs
This message seems to target teens, encouraging them to skip church this Christmas, ultimately urging drivers to celebrate the Atheist way.
 
2016-12-08

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German court rules Muslim girls must take part in swimming lessons
Germany’s highest court has ruled that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-year-old pupil who had argued that even wearing a burkini, or full-body swimsuit, breached Islamic dress codes.
 
2016-12-06

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http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/church-matriarch-jail-beating-killed-teen-boy-44008169
The matriarch of a small New York church where two brothers were beaten for hours during a counseling session has been sentenced to two years in jail.
 
2016-12-06

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Ransomed: Race to free 226 Christian hostages in Syria
Deep inside Syria, a bishop worked secretly to save the lives of 226 members of his flock from the Islamic State — by amassing millions of dollars from his community around the world to buy their freedom.
 
2016-12-06

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Ohio federal judge tosses California atheist's lawsuit over 'God' on money
U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson wrote in a Nov. 30 opinion that Sacramento doctor and lawyer Michael Newdow and the other plaintiffs can't show that having the phrase on a dollar bill hinders their right to exercise their religious beliefs, or their lack thereof.
 
2016-12-06

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NYPD arrests man accused of harassing Muslim police officer
When the off-duty, unarmed officer tried to intervene, police said the suspect said to her, “ISIS [expletive], I will cut your throat, go back to your country,” reports CBS New York. City officials hailed Officer Aml Elsokary as a hero in 2014, after she ran into a burning building to save a baby.
 
2016-12-04

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Supreme Court takes Christian-affiliated hospital pension case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear appeals by Christian-affiliated hospital systems of lower court rulings that gave the green light to employee lawsuits accusing them of wrongly claiming a religious exemption from federal pension law.
 
2016-12-04

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Muslims ‘forced to leave Christmas market after setting up Islam information stand’
Locals in the town of Rüdesheim on the Rhine in Germany have been criticised after they allegedly ordered Muslims to leave the market because their booth was ‘offensive’.
 
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