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2017-09-07

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Young British Muslims 'hampered by discrimination', finds report
Research by the Social Mobility Commission found young Muslims are being held back from reaching their full potential at every stage of their lives, from school to university and at work.
 
2017-09-07

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Evangelicals fear Muslims; atheists fear Christians: New poll show how Americans mistrust one another
Part of the study, called “Fear of The Other,” examined negative attitudes toward four groups — atheists, conservative Christians, Jews and Muslims — and found that Americans generally harbor fears and judgment about all four. What those fears were, however, differed by the group.
 
2017-09-07

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Robert E. Lee descendant resigns as N.C. church's pastor over racial justice comment
A descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee says he stepped down as pastor of a North Carolina church after negative reactions to his comments supporting racial justice during an MTV awards show "made it clear that I was no longer welcome there."
 
2017-09-07

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Priest warns against alleged 'satanic rosaries'
A report posted on the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) quotes Fr. Legaspi saying these items "were made not only to be simply given away but to deceive Catholics…so that evil spirits will haunt them."
 
2017-09-07

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Lamb ad insensitive and disrespectful, say Hindus and Anglicans
A spring lamb campaign full of deities feasting on meat and making religious jokes has been condemned by Hindu and Anglican representatives as insensitive and disrespectful.
 
2017-09-05

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More than half in UK are non-religious, suggests survey
For the first time, more than half of people in the UK do not identify as religious, a survey suggests. Last year 53% of people described themselves as having "no religion", in a survey of 2,942 adults by the National Centre for Social Research. Among those aged between 18 and 25, the proportion was higher at 71%.
 
2017-09-05

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All the president’s clergymen: The main issues
Evangelical leaders who have met with Trump administration officials say they talk about a range of policy issues when they visit the White House. But to what extent are they influencing policy?
 
2017-09-05

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Book by Hillary Clinton’s pastor will be pulled from shelves due to extensive plagiarism
[L]ess than a month after the book’s publication, the publishing house that printed it says it is pulling the book off the shelves because it’s riddled with plagiarism.
 
2017-09-05

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New Mexico Book Club Raises Eyebrows Over Christian Book
A book club mandated for supervisors of a New Mexico county is drawing scrutiny over a required Christian book.
 
2017-09-05

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Myanmar faces anger from Muslim world over Rohingya plight
A Nobel laureate and Muslim nations in Asia criticized Myanmar’s persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority as thousands in Indonesia and elsewhere staged angry protests against Aung San Suu Kyi and her government.
 
2017-09-01

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Retired priest accused of stealing church wine
A former pastor at a Michigan church has been charged with larceny after authorities say he stole money from the collection plate and from the donations parishioners gave to light votive prayer candles. He is also accused of stealing property, including church wine.
 
2017-08-30

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Thailand's Buddhism chief removed after pressure from religious groups
Thailand’s junta has removed the head of the national Buddhism office, the prime minister said on Tuesday, after religious groups called on the government to sack him over his plans to clean up scandal-hit monasteries.
 
2017-08-30

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Pew Survey: U.S. Muslims are religiously observant, but open to multiple interpretations of Islam
While many U.S. Muslims say they attend mosque and pray regularly, sizable shares also say that there is more than one way to interpret their religion and that traditional understandings of Islam need to be reinterpreted to address the issues of today.
 
2017-08-29

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Blasphemy laws on the books in one-third of nations: study
Laws prohibiting blasphemy are “astonishingly widespread” worldwide, with many laying down disproportionate punishments ranging from prison sentences to lashings or the death penalty, the lead author of a report on blasphemy said.
 
2017-08-29

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Group issues 'final' letter to city about its church signs
In another letter, the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned the city it could pay substantial amounts of money if it chooses to keep religious signs on public property... The bright blue signs say "The churches of Oconomowoc welcome you" and have a metal cross on top. They have been in the city for more than 50 years.
 
2017-08-27

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Iran Sentences New Age-Style Shiite Islam Founder to Death
An attorney for the founder of a mystical, New Age version of Shiite Islam says an Iranian court has sentenced his client to death. Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei tells The Associated Press that the court sentenced Mohammad Ali Taheri to death on charges of founding a cult.
 
2017-08-24

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Charlottesville violence: Rabbis cancel Trump call over remarks
A prominent coalition of rabbis has pulled out of an annual call with the US president over his remarks about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The four groups said Donald Trump's statements were "so lacking in moral leadership and empathy" that they had no choice but to cancel the call.
 
2017-08-23

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Military-style Christian sect leader charged in abuse case
A leader of a New Mexico military-style Christian sect is facing dozens of child sexual abuse charges in a case that authorities say is connected to widespread abuse by the religious commune.
 
2017-08-23

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After satanic controversy, Boca rejects ban on all displays
The City Council rejected the ban Tuesday at the urging of more than a dozen residents who spoke in opposition to a prohibition on the displays Tuesday.
 
2017-08-23

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Suspect arrested on suspicion of threatening Reform, atheists
A 39-year-old resident of central Israel was arrested on suspicion of involvement in threats and intentions to harm key atheist officials and activists, as well as members of the Reform Movement.
 
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