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2016-12-04

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Atheists' billboards urge people to skip church for the holidays
American Atheists has unveiled its holiday billboards, including 2 in the Shreveport area. They encourage people to "Skip church for a merrier Christmas."
 
2016-12-04

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Black atheists matter: How an increasingly vocal group of freethinkers is taking on religion
While many black churches were radical advocates for political and economic equality, others remained conservative institutions that failed to challenge the status quo. This conservatism helped give rise to an increasingly vocal and influential group of African Americans ­– the new black atheists
 
2016-12-04

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Assyrian church in San Fernando vandalized with Bible verse referencing mass killing
A church in the San Fernando Valley has been vandalized with spray-painted Bible verses, one of which references the killing of 185,000 Assyrians.
 
2016-12-04

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Assistant pastor at Sienna Plantation church accused of sex with underage girl
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said Carrel sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl who was a member of his church, Sienna Ranch Baptist Church, which is located on the 9000 black of Sienna Ranch Road in the Sienna Plantation subdivision.
 
2016-12-02

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Indonesia blasphemy protest swells to crowd of 200,000
At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.
 
2016-12-01

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Saudi woman pictured not wearing hijab faces calls for her execution
Some social media users reacted with outrage after the emergence of the image taken in capital city Riyadh, with one man calling for the state to “kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs”
 
2016-11-30

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How Leah Remini is trying to expose Scientology secrets in her new docuseries
It’s rare to see a former Scientologist speak out against the Church of Scientology, let alone produce a documentary series that threatens to expose its secrets. Yet that’s what happened Tuesday night on the premiere of A&E’s “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”
 
2016-11-30

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Religion can have same effect on the brain as taking drugs, study finds
Researchers looked at how 19 young Mormons' brains were affected when they 'felt the spirit.'
 
2016-11-30

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China takes a chainsaw to center of Tibetan Buddhism
Officials intend to reduce the population of Larung Gar, the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute, from 20,000 to 5,000 through mass evictions
 
2016-11-30

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Hindus urged not to donate new fivers at Leicester temple
A Hindu temple has urged worshippers not to give new five pound notes in donations after the Bank of England confirmed they contain animal fat.
 
2016-11-30

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Slovakia toughens church registration rules to bar Islam
Slovakia passed legislation on Wednesday to effectively block Islam from gaining official status as a religion in the near future in the latest sign of growing anti-Muslim sentiment across the European Union.
 
2016-11-29

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Norway Catholic church fined over inflating membership for more funding
The diocese is accused of having gone through telephone directories looking for immigrants with names suggesting that they were from Catholic countries and adding them to the list of members of the church between 2011 and 2014, sometimes without their knowledge.
 
2016-11-29

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Rwanda's Catholic Church says sorry for its role in 1994 genocid
Although the church states it did not send anyone to participate in the killings, it acknowledges that its members were active, apologizing for "Christian leaders who caused divisions among people and planted seeds of hate."
 
2016-11-29

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A Hindu group is outraged over this Ibiza craft beer
A Hindu leader based in the United States is demanding that an Ibiza micro-brewery withdraw an IPA range named after Hindu gods and featuring images of the deities on its labels.
 
2016-11-29

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Ohio State attacker was angry about treatment of Muslims, official says
A Somali-born student who carried out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University stewed over the treatment of Muslims while apparently staying under the radar of federal law enforcement, underscoring the difficulty authorities face in identifying and stopping lone wolves bent on violence.
 
2016-11-28

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Four mosques threatened: Trump will ‘do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews’
The handwritten letters, which referred to Muslims as “children of Satan,” were mailed to Islamic centers in San Jose, Long Beach and Pomona in California and, most recently, in Savannah, Ga. The letters called Trump the “new sheriff in town” who will “cleanse America and make it shine again” by eradicating the country’s Muslim population.
 
2016-11-26

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Somali-American teen to be first fully-covered Muslim contestant in Miss Minnesota USA
She will be the first fully covered Muslim woman to compete in the state pageant. She entered intent on breaking barriers for Muslim women, to counter the negative image that they are oppressed...Social media sites sharing news coverage of her participation were flooded with comments calling her choice to model “haram,” or forbidden by Islamic law.
 
2016-11-26

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China: Xinjiang residents told to turn in passports
Order targets region with 10 million-strong Muslim Uighur minority, who frequently complain of religious discrimination.
 
2016-11-24

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Shia pilgrims among 77 people killed in IS attack in Iraq
Some 77 people, most of them Shia pilgrims from Iran and Afghanistan, have been killed in a truck bomb attack in Iraq, officials say...The jihadist group Islamic State said it carried out the attack.
 
2016-11-24

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Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya - UN official
Myanmar is seeking the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority from its territory, a senior UN official has told the BBC.
 
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