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2017-10-18

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For the first time ever, most Americans say a person can be good without God
For the first time, a majority of Americans (56 percent) say it is possible to be a good person without a religious belief. So says new Pew Research Center data drawn from two polls conducted among about 5,000 American adults in June and July.
 
2017-10-18

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Quebec to vote on law forcing Muslim women to remove face veils on public transport
A new law proposed by the local government would ban any form of face covering for people offering and receiving public services in the province.
 
2017-10-12

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Catholic Church 'hiding behind the law' over historic abuse compensation claims
A man who was raped and beaten by priests and brothers as a 12-year-old says he felt like a beggar when he asked the Catholic Church for money to pay for medical bills for treatment of the mental and physical illness he suffered as a result of his abuse.
 
2017-10-12

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Pope Francis Demands Catholics Reject the Death Penalty as 'Inadmissible' in Every Form
Pope Francis doubled-down on his demand that Catholics reject the death penalty Wednesday, calling it “contrary to the Gospel” and “inhumane" to human dignity.
 
2017-10-12

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Three Ahmadis sentenced to death for blasphemy
Three members of Pakistan's persecuted Ahmadi sect have been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in the central town of Sheikhupura, a community spokesperson said ... The three men were arrested in May 2014 after they tore down religious posters in Bhoiwal, a village about 22km southwest of the city of Lahore.
 
2017-10-10

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Two men arrested over alleged UVF threats to Catholic families
Two alleged members of the Ulster Volunteer Force have been arrested in connection with the sectarian intimidation of four Catholic families from a religiously mixed housing development in east Belfast.
 
2017-10-10

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Anger as Oxford college bans Christian group from freshers' fair
A University of Oxford college banned Christian Union representatives from attending its freshers’ fair over concerns at the “potential for harm to freshers”. Balliol Christian Union (CU) was told the college’s student body, the JCR, wanted the freshers’ fair to be a “secular space”, according to Oxford’s student newspaper Cherwell.
 
2017-10-10

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Church 'failed' over Sussex abuse priest Jonathan Graves
Concerns about a former Church of England priest who tortured and sexually abused two boys in Sussex were first raised two decades ago, a BBC investigation has revealed.
 
2017-10-10

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Notre Dame student fears losing birth control coverage under university health plan
Because of the Catholic Church's strict stance against contraception, Notre Dame University has fought the birth control mandate for years ... Although the university hasn't yet decided to withdraw coverage completely, some women on this campus are worried they're about to lose an important part of their health care.
 
2017-10-10

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Number of women accusing Catholic priest of sexual abuse rises to 23
The accusers of former Rev. Adam Prochaski, ranging in age from 39 to 57, say the priest abused them in the Holy Cross parish in Maspeth between 1972 and 1994. The women were between 11 to 16 years old when the abuse allegedly took place.
 
2017-10-07

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IRS revokes tax exempt status for Peroutka's Institute on the Constitution
Th Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of the Institute on the Constitution, an organization founded by Anne Arundel County Councilman Michael Peroutka ... to spread his interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, which he bases on his Christian faith.
 
2017-10-07

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Radicalization in Belgium: 'It will take years to fix'
Belgium has been fighting religious radicalization since it became painfully obvious that Islamists were operating in the country. Art and humor have become tools in the battle. But there is still a very long way to go.
 
2017-10-07

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Religious Liberty or Discrimination?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a government-wide memo to bolster federal protections for religious liberties on Friday, a move that could also weaken the federal government’s ability to prevent gender and LGBT discrimination.
 
2017-10-06

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Russian group likely behind 2016 anti-Muslim rally in Houston
In May 2016, a Facebook Group called Heart of Texas organized an anti-Muslim rally in Houston. Now it seems that group wasn't from Texas at all and may have originated in Russia.
 
2017-10-06

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Jeff Sessions consulted Christian right legal group on religious freedom memo
Attorney General Jeff Sessions consulted Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal advocacy group that champions conservative Christian causes, ahead of issuing controversial guidance to government agencies and departments on Friday about how to interpret federal religious liberty protections.
 
2017-10-06

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Fox News suggests atheism is to blame for Las Vegas shooting
Fox News has been widely criticised for claiming atheism was responsible for the worst mass shooting in US history. The channel's morning show said a growing disconnect from Christianity may be to blame for Stephen Paddock's killing spree, which saw him open fire on a crowd at a country music festival from his Las Vegas hotel room.
 
2017-09-30

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Nepal names 3-year-old as new ‘living goddess’ of Kathmandu
A three-year-old girl has been named the new “Kumari” of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu after her predecessor retired when she reached puberty, continuing an ancient tradition that sees young girls worshipped as “living goddesses”.
 
2017-09-30

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Why a federal judge ruled Lehigh County's seal unconstitutional
The Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. based in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the county in August 2016, alongside four of its local members. They objected to the prominent cross on the county seal and flag adopted by county commissioners Dec. 28, 1944.
 
2017-09-30

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Promoters of pop concerts, other events may ditch Malaysia as hard-line Islam gets a grip
Organizers of pop concerts and some other big events are increasingly wary of including Malaysia on their itineraries, as the cancellation of a beer festival due to take place next month highlighted growing intolerance toward activities regarded as insulting to Islam by some Muslim groups.
 
2017-09-27

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Singapore Teen Granted Asylum Released From US Custody
Yee, an atheist, was accused of hurting the religious feelings of Muslims and Christians in Singapore. Many of his explicit social media and blog entries criticized Singapore's leaders, something that is discouraged in the city-state.
 
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