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2018-01-24

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Satanic Temple Says Abortion Laws Violate Its Religious Rights by Promoting Christian Beliefs
The Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit against the state of Missouri on religious grounds, arguing that a statute for women seeking to terminate their pregnancies promotes the Christian viewpoint that life begins with conception.
 
2018-01-24

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Pakistani Principal Shot Dead by Student Over Blasphemy Dispute
A Pakistani student shot and killed his school principal on Monday, in a dispute over the student skipping classes to attend rallies supporting the country's strict blasphemy laws, a police official said.
 
2018-01-22

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Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel
One of the last remaining obscure parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered by researchers in Israel. Sixty tiny fragments were pieced together over a period of a year, identifying the name of a festival marking the changes between seasons.
 
2018-01-22

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Pope Francis sorry for upsetting abuse victims
Pope Francis has apologised for remarks he made last week in Chile defending a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse. He said he realised his words hurt many, but repeated his belief that Chilean Bishop Juan Barros was innocent.
 
2018-01-19

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Pope Francis 'slander' comment angers Chile abuse victims
Pope Francis has triggered anger in Chile after accusing victims of a paedophile priest of slander. Francis said there was "no proof" for their claims that abuse by Father Fernando Karadima had been covered up by another man, Bishop Juan Barros.
 
2018-01-19

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The 'Underground Railroad' To Save Atheists
A vision to protect those persecuted for non-religion.
 
2018-01-19

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HRW: BJP leaders publicly promoting Hindu supremacy
Members of India's ruling party have publicly promoted Hindu supremacy, which has led to attacks against Muslims and other minorities, Human Rights Watch claims.
 
2018-01-19

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Family Says Son’s Teacher Used Anti-Muslim Propaganda to Teach About Islam
Some of the information the teacher used in the Mesa Union School District social studies class mirrors information found on the website billionbibles.org. The site promotes a radical view of Christianity, saying Satan uses Muslims to kill Christians and that people should be afraid of Islam.
 
2018-01-15

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Dubai resident fined Dh500,000 for insulting religion
He was initially charged with blasphemy, consuming alcohol without a licence, verbal abuse and physical assault, but the Court of First Instance sentenced him on the blasphemy charge only and ordered his deportation after completing his jail term.
 
2018-01-15

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Commentary: Atheist: I'm grateful for 'wall of separation' between church and state
Whatever the reasoning and whatever our religious belief, America’s religious freedom is worthy of celebration and preservation. The wall needs ongoing maintenance.
 
2018-01-11

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'Good reasons for slavery' homework triggers backlash at Christian school
Parents said they were offended when a teacher at a Wisconsin Christian school asked students to list "three 'good' reasons for slavery" as part of a homework assignment.
 
2018-01-11

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Kansas City, Missouri, Church Elder Charged in Wife's Death
An elder of a Kansas City, Missouri, church is charged with killing his wife, who was an associate pastor.
 
2018-01-11

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Greece Scraps Compulsory Shariah for Muslim Minority
Greece has passed a law to limit the powers of Islamic courts in a northern region that is home to about 100,000 Muslims, restricting the application of religious law in the country and giving Muslims the option to take civil cases to Greek courts.
 
2018-01-11

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Ahead of trip, pope orders takeover of Catholic group in Peru
Pope Francis has ordered the Vatican takeover of an elite Catholic society in Peru whose founder is accused of sexually and physically abusing children and former members of the group.
 
2018-01-11

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St. Louis area priest charged with 16 counts of child porn and possession of meth
A Catholic priest who was arrested Monday by Belleville police was charged with 16 counts of child pornography Tuesday.
 
2018-01-09

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French town bans pork-free school meals in move branded 'anti-Muslim'
A far-right local authority in southern France on Monday scrapped pork-free school meals, a move branded “anti-Muslim” or “anti-Jewish” by an equality minister.
 
2018-01-09

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Church of England finds vicar guilty of spiritual abuse of 15-year-old boy
The Church of England has found a vicar guilty of spiritually abusing a teenage boy, after putting him under “unacceptable pressure” during intensive prayer and Bible-study sessions in the boy’s bedroom. In the first judgment of its kind, a C of E tribunal found that the Revd Timothy Davis, the vicar of Christ Church, Abingdon, in Oxfordshire, was guilty of misconduct under clergy disciplinary measures.
 
2018-01-07

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Why Europe’s wars of religion put 40,000 ‘witches’ to a terrible death
Economists Peter Leeson and Jacob Russ of George Mason University in Virginia argue that the trials reflected “non-price competition between the Catholic and Protestant churches for religious market share”. As competing Catholic and Protestant churches vied to win over or retain their followers, they needed to make an impact – and witch trials were the battleground they chose.
 
2018-01-05

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Egyptian Parliament considers outlawing atheism
Shortly before New Year’s Day, the Egyptian Parliament considered enacting a law that would make it illegal to profess no belief in God. It is already against Egyptian law to “insult” or “defame” religion, and blasphemy arrests are on the rise. A conviction can bring up to five years in prison.
 
2018-01-05

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Moore's Jewish lawyer is a practicing Christian
The Jewish lawyer whom Kayla Moore, wife of failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, bragged about knowing is actually a practicing Christian.
 
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