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2018-03-01

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Man caused train crashes then left Arabic messages to provoke anti-Muslim backlash, prosecutors say
A 70-year-old man allegedly caused two train crashes and left Arabic messages at the scene, in an attempt to provoke a backlash against Muslims.
 
2018-03-01

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NYC paying $180K to Muslim women forced to take off hijabs for mugshots
New York City agreed to pay three Muslim women $60,000 each, after they were forced to remove their hijabs to be photographed while in police custody.
 
2018-03-01

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Catholic priest in Indianapolis accused of domestic assault on his wife
A man who made history as the first married priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis faces six criminal charges tied to an assault last September involving his wife. Court documents state that part of the attack happened in the sanctuary of Holy Rosary Catholic Church where he worked.
 
2018-02-21

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Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents
The Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer’s son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation’s best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C. He was 99.
 
2018-02-19

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Atheists call for removal of check boxes in census religion question
The 2021 census question on religion should be optional, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) census advisory group has been told in a submission from Atheist Ireland. It also called for the removal of check boxes in the religious question as this was found to greatly exaggerate findings.
 
2018-02-19

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Catholic bishops want faithful to fight abortion coverage
Lenten bulletins in Catholic parishes on Sunday carried a blunt political action message from the Washington State Catholic Conference. It asked the faithful to email members of the state House of Representatives to oppose a Senate-passed bill that would require Washington insurers offering maternity care to also cover elective abortions as well as contraception.
 
2018-02-19

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Newt Gingrich tells Collier audience 'secular, atheist philosophy' is threat to Christianity
The secular philosophy of the left in Western society is at least as grave a danger to Christianity as that posed by terrorist groups such as Islamic State group and al-Qaida, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Saturday night in North Naples.
 
2018-02-19

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Plano City Councilman Tom Harrison Will Not Resign Following Anti-Islam Facebook Post
Plano City Council member Tom Harrison says he will not resign even though his colleagues have censured him. Harrison came under fire after sharing an anti-Islam video on Facebook on Tuesday that shows students wearing hijabs in classrooms and says, "Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools."
 
2018-02-19

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Ukip's Gerard Batten reiterates his belief that Islam is a 'death cult'
Ukip’s interim leader, Gerard Batten, has reiterated his belief that Islam is a “death cult” and called for Muslims to be asked to sign a document renouncing parts of the Qur’an, in remarks that risk pushing the beleaguered party even further from the mainstream.
 
2018-02-19

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Fire damages 1,300-year old monastery considered spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism
A large fire broke out Saturday at the Jokhang monastery in Tibet, raising fears of severe damage to a 1,300-year-old religious site that is considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism.
 
2018-02-19

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Vandals use statue of Virgin Mary to break glass door at Catholic church
The priest at St. Augustine Catholic Church says someone used the statue of the Virgin Mary to shatter the glass on the front door. The morning service went on as normal, only this time the congregation said a prayer for whoever broke their door and statue.
 
2018-02-19

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The lesbian pioneers who fooled Spain's Catholic Church
It was 1901, and the union between Elisa and Marcela remains the only known same-sex marriage in the history of the Spanish Catholic Church.
 
2018-02-15

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Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion adapted for the stage
Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion is being adapted into a stage production that has been described as a cross between an “atheist support group and watching a great stand-up”.
 
2018-02-15

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LDS women say Church leaders encouraged them to stay with their abusers
After the spousal abuse allegations against White House Staff Secretary, Rob Porter went public, many Mormon women are now saying their Church leaders encouraged them to stay with their abusers for the sake of the marriage.
 
2018-02-15

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Charge against Bethalto pastor in connection with church elder's child porn case is dropped
Prosecutors have dropped a conspiracy charge that accused a pastor of helping destroy evidence that a church elder was producing child porn with secret cameras at a Bethalto church.
 
2018-02-15

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Some Christian Leaders Say Deportations Would Jeopardize Their Churches
The increased dependence on immigrants to fill U.S. church pews means that Christian leaders have a big stake in the current debate over immigration policy. While many cite the biblical instruction to welcome the stranger, some have a more existential concern for supporting a generous approach: Without immigrants, they fear the U.S. Christian church may not survive in its current form.
 
2018-02-15

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Muslim leader urges Macron not to meddle too much in French Islam
A leading representative of French Muslims urged Emmanuel Macron not to meddle in the organization of France’s second-largest religion, days after the president said he would try to redefine relations between Islam and the state.
 
2018-02-13

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Hong Kong Catholics step up opposition to Vatican deal with Beijing
The Vatican and China have been moving toward an accord on the appointment of bishops in what would be a historic breakthrough and a precursor to a resumption in diplomatic relations after seven decades of estrangement. But the prospect of a deal has sparked stiff opposition from many in the global church, some of whom say the Vatican would be selling out Catholics who have remained faithful to the pope during years of persecution.
 
2018-02-11

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Catholics Have a Messaging Problem in China
As Christian religions lose ground across much of the Western world, China is one of the few countries where Christianity is experiencing stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in 1956 to an estimated 87 million today. Knowing this, Christian leaders are participating in a kind of gold rush for Chinese faith. And the Protestants are winning.
 
2018-02-11

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Religious groups protest guilty verdicts in slaying of Pakistani student
The reaction has highlighted the growing nationwide fervor and confidence of Islamist forces who encourage violence against blasphemers and preach hatred of certain religious minorities.
 
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