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2018-05-06

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Catholic League calls for Ryan to fire his chief of staff over handling of House chaplain
One of the nation's leading Catholic civil rights groups is calling for House Speaker Paul Ryan's chief of staff to resign after he allegedly made anti-Catholic comments to the House chaplain in April.
 
2018-05-06

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Trump pick for UN migration job says he is sorry for anti-Muslim tweets
Isaacs told reporters at the United Nations Correspondents Association event: "There's nothing that I can say to change what I said. I've apologized for the hurt that I've caused. I have hundreds of Muslim friends around the world, and I've had them for years. So I do not believe that Islam is a violent religion, and I have no distinction, no discrimination against anybody of any religion or no religion."
 
2018-05-06

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Australian court convicts Muslim woman for failing to stand
The wife of an Islamic State group recruiter gave the militants' single-finger salute outside a Sydney court on Friday after becoming the first person convicted under a new state law criminalizing the refusal to stand for a judge.
 
2018-05-06

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Catholic priest allegedly a 'prime suspect' as gardai probe images of sex act on church altar
A Catholic priest has allegedly emerged as a prime suspect in a garda probe into images showing two men engaging in sex acts on a church altar.The images appear to show the men engaging in sexual acts on the altar of a church in Munster.
 
2018-05-01

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Indonesian man jailed for Facebook post allegedly insulting Islam
An Indonesian was jailed for five years Monday for a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam, his lawyer said, the latest conviction under the country's controversial electronic information law.
 
2018-05-01

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Trump says 'there's no reason to apologize' for his Muslim ban call
President Donald Trump on Monday declined to apologize for his campaign-era proposal to ban all Muslims from the United States, saying "there's nothing to apologize for."
 
2018-05-01

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Cardinal Pell ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges
Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will stand trial on historical sexual assault charges, a court has ruled. Cardinal Pell formally pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
 
2018-04-25

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Asaram Bapu: Controversial Indian guru convicted of rape
An Indian spiritual guru who claims to have millions of followers worldwide has been found guilty of rape...The guru, who is 77, has 400 ashrams around the world where he teaches meditation and yoga.
 
2018-04-24

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Shrugging Off Trump Scandals, Evangelicals Look to Rescue G.O.P.
The conservative Christian coalition that helped usher President Trump into power in 2016 is planning its largest midterm election mobilization ever, with volunteers fanning out from the church pews to the streets to register voters, raise money and persuade conservatives that they cannot afford to be complacent this year.
 
2018-04-24

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New Jersey Ruling Could Reignite Battle Over Church-State Separation
A unanimous decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court found that public money could no longer be used by churches, citing a clause in the State Constitution expressly forbidding it, a decision that could reverberate beyond New Jersey and reignite a national debate over the separation of church and state.
 
2018-04-16

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U.S. pastor held in Turkey for his Christian faith, lawyer says
The lawyer for a U.S. pastor who goes on trial in Turkey on Monday over alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup said the preacher had been arrested for his Christian faith.
 
2018-04-15

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Indonesia’s Ancient Beliefs Win in Court, but Devotees Still Feel Ostracized
“Why can these big global religions spread and be recognized, but the original religion of Indonesia cannot?” It is a question she and others are still waiting to see answered, despite a landmark ruling in November by the Constitutional Court that affirmed the rights of followers of traditional beliefs outside of the six recognized religions.
 
2018-04-15

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Catholic Church 'sorry' but yet to contact priest sex abuse victims
The Catholic Church in Scotland has apologised to two victims of a priest jailed for sexual abuse but is yet to contact them.
 
2018-04-09

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Pope Francis says helping the poor and migrants is as important as opposing abortion
In a pointed rebuke to Catholic anti-abortion activists who focus on the issue to the exclusion of all others, Francis says that helping the poor and immigrants is as important as taking a stance against abortion.
 
2018-04-04

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Blogger ordered to remove 'hate speech' against member of small religious order
A NSW-based blogger has been ordered to take down material from his site that described a small and mysterious religious order as a "satanic paedophile cult". A Canberra tribunal found that the material was archetypal hate speech.
 
2018-04-04

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Mormon leader's remark on sexual misconduct draws criticism
The Mormon church is facing more criticism about its approach to sexual abuse after a top leader praised the #MeToo movement but referred to sexual misconduct as "non-consensual immorality."
 
2018-04-04

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Communities unite to defy 'Punish a Muslim Day'
People online are expressing support for Muslims after letters were sent urging violence against them on 3 April, so-called "Punish a Muslim Day". A police investigation has been taking place since letters and online images circulated in March advocating a points-based system for the performance of violent acts against Muslims. Four Labour MPs also received the letters.
 
2018-04-04

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Arizona mother allegedly used Taser to wake son for Easter church service
An Arizona woman was arrested after she allegedly used a stun gun to awaken her teenage son before a church service on Easter Sunday. "I said, 'Get up! It's Jesus' day!" Sharron Dobbins, 40, said in an interview with KNXV. "I made the noise with the Taser, but I did not tase my son." According to the Phoenix Police Department, Dobbins "contact tazed her teenage son on the leg" in order to roust the 16-year-old.
 
2018-04-04

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Arizona lawmakers approve displaying state motto in schools
The Arizona state legislature signed off on a plan to allow Arizona public schools to display the English translation of the state motto — "God Enriches" — despite concerns that the signs might blur the line between church and state.
 
2018-03-29

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Sweet Jesus ice cream chain refuses to change 'blasphemous' name despite backlash
A Canadian ice cream chain based has refused to change its “blasphemous” name despite thousands signing online petitions calling for a boycott.
 
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