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2017-11-16

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In Myanmar, The Persecution Of the Muslim Minority, The Rohingya Continues
NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Maung Zarni, fellow with the Cambodian Documentation Center, specializing in genocide in Buddhist countries, about how the Burmese justify their actions and what it would take to broker a resolution to the current crisis.
 
2017-11-16

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Assaults against Muslims in U.S. surpass 2001 level
The number of assaults against Muslims in the United States rose significantly between 2015 and 2016, easily surpassing the modern peak reached in 2001, the year of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new hate crimes statistics from the FBI.
 
2017-11-16

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Pakistani police clash with protesters at anti-blasphemy sit-in
Pakistani police have clashed with protesters and arrested dozens in an attempt to disperse an anti-blasphemy sit-in staged by a hardline cleric, which has blocked a main entrance to Islamabad for a week, choking traffic and putting the capital on near lockdown.
 
2017-11-10

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The Ex-Muslims Go Public
People who leave Islam are fiercely criticized by believers. They used to make me angry, too. Then I got to know them.
 
2017-11-10

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US drill instructor guilty of abuse after Muslim's suicide
A US Marine drill instructor has been found guilty of physically abusing boot camp recruits, including three Muslim trainees, one of whom killed himself.
 
2017-11-10

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This lawmaker isn’t sure that God exists. Now, he’s finally decided to tell people.
Experts on religious identity in Congress say Huffman seems to be only the second member in contemporary records to describe his ethical system as not being God-based.
 
2017-11-09

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Alabama state official defends Roy Moore, citing Joseph and Mary: ‘They became parents of Jesus’
An Alabama state official on Thursday dismissed a Washington Post report alleging that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore had initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago, saying there was an age gap between the biblical Joseph and Mary.
 
2017-11-09

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Republican Senate candidate Moore hit by sexual misconduct allegations
A woman has accused Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old and he was 32...He first became a national figure in the early 2000s, when he lost his position as Alabama Chief Justice after refusing a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from outside the courthouse.
 
2017-11-07

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Charlie Hebdo gets new threats over cartoon on accused Islamic scholar
The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on Monday of death threats against the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, over a cartoon of the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who faces rape allegations.
 
2017-11-07

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Indonesian court recognizes native religions in landmark ruling
Against a backdrop of rising intolerance toward minorities in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, the court said Indonesians would not be required to identify as either Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist or Confucian on their national identification cards.
 
2017-11-06

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Stephen Fry 'enchanted' by the reaction to his blasphemy case
'I was enchanted." That was the bemused response of world-renowned comedian and writer Stephen Fry when asked his reaction to the furore that followed a complaint to gardai that comments he made on RTE about the existence of God were contrary to Ireland's blasphemy laws.
 
2017-11-03

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Catholic nurse sues Duke University Hospital after refusing to assist with abortions, contraception
A Catholic nurse sued Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., alleging it discriminated against her religious beliefs by failing to accommodate her objections to abortion, birth control and giving vaccinations.
 
2017-11-03

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Vastness of Space Suggests There is No Almighty Creator
Philosophers of religion such as Michael Martin and Nicholas Everitt have asked us to consider the kind of universe we would expect the Christian God to have created, and compare it with the universe we actually live in. They argue there is a mismatch. Everitt focuses on how big the universe is, and argues this gives us reason to believe the God of classical Christianity doesn’t exist.
 
2017-11-02

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Suppressed at home, some Uzbeks turn to militant Islam abroad
Pushed by a lack of jobs and strict control of behavior and dissent, millions of Uzbeks have emigrated in recent years. Hundreds of those joined Islamic State in the Middle East, while others turned to religious extremism in their host countries.
 
2017-11-02

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One in Five Indonesian Students Support Islamic Caliphate: Survey
Nearly 20 percent of high school and university students in Indonesia support the establishment of a caliphate in the world's largest Muslim-majority country over the current secular government, a new survey showed this week.
 
2017-10-31

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8 Dead as Truck Careens Down Bike Path in Manhattan in Terror Attack
He was identified as a 29-year-old from Uzbekistan who came to the U.S. in 2010. Officials say that he shouted “God is great” in Arabic, and that notes indicating loyalty to ISIS were near his truck.
 
2017-10-31

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Christian Writer Banned From Liberty University Campus After Criticizing Trump Ally
An evangelical Christian writer and pastor says he's been banned from the Liberty University campus for criticizing President Jerry Falwell, Jr., a longtime ally of President Donald Trump.
 
2017-10-31

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Pope Francis admits: 'When I pray, sometimes I fall asleep'
Eighty-year-old Argentinian pontiff, who often prays for long periods with his eyes closed, claims saints also napped while praying.
 
2017-10-31

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Catholic and Protestant leaders unite to mark start of Reformation
Catholic and Protestant leaders have stressed their mutual bonds 500 years after the start of the Reformation, a movement that tore apart western Christianity and sparked a string of bloody religious wars in Europe lasting more than a century.
 
2017-10-30

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Hindu Nationalists Stir Up Controversy Over Taj Mahal
India's most famous monument, the Taj Mahal, is at the center of a bitter controversy stirred up by Hindu nationalists who say the Muslim emperor who built India's iconic monument was a "traitor."
 
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