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2017-12-14

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Christian student program suspended by Lowcountry school district
The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported Beaufort County School District officials have indefinitely suspended the Real Champions of the Lowcountry program after getting a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
 
2017-12-14

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Bangladesh: Accused NYC attacker followed radical preacher
The man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system was influenced by the sermons and writings of a radical Muslim preacher, but appeared to have no known links to local radical groups, Bangladeshi officials said Wednesday.
 
2017-12-14

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You Don’t Need to Take an Oath on a Bible, or Any Religious Text
After some back and forth, Mr. Tapper reiterated: “The law is not that you have to swear on a Christian Bible. That is not the law. You didn’t know that?” Mr. Crockett remained silent, his mouth gaping, for several seconds.
 
2017-12-13

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The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion
By 2030, say projections, a third of Americans will have no religious preference.
 
2017-12-13

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‘Nobody saved us’: Man describes childhood in abusive ‘cult’
As part of an ongoing investigation into Word of Faith Fellowship, dozens of former congregants have told the AP that church members were regularly beaten in an effort to “purify” sinners — even children. But despite allegations of abuse spanning two decades, authorities have done little to intervene.
 
2017-12-10

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Judge supports Metro’s decision to ban Christmas-themed Catholic ads
A federal judge has rejected the Archdiocese of Washington’s request to force Metro to post its Christmas advertisements, affirming that the transit agency has the right to ban posters featuring a religious-themed scene.
 
2017-12-06

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How the Babri mosque destruction shaped India
On this day, 25 years ago, right-wing Hindu mobs razed to the ground the 16th Century Babri mosque, claiming that it was built on the site of a temple destroyed by Muslim rulers.
 
2017-12-06

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Britain First supporter drove van into curry house with aim of 'killing a Muslim'
A Polish-born Britain First supporter who said he wanted to “kill a Muslim” gave a Nazi salute and shouted “white power” before driving at a curry house owner, a court has heard.
 
2017-12-06

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Christian baker, same-sex couple speak out on Supreme Court case
the Supreme Court will hear arguments in one of the biggest cases of its term: a battle that pits the right to free speech and religion against a right to be free from discrimination. Justices will hear arguments from a Colorado Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012.
 
2017-12-06

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Documents: Transgender teen wants treatment. Parents want 'Christian-based' therapy
A Hamilton County judge will decide whether a transgender boy whose parents, according to court documents, want "Christian-based" therapy for him can receive treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
 
2017-12-05

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Melbourne Catholic archdiocese's inaction had 'catastrophic' consequences
The failure of senior figures within the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne, including the former archbishop Thomas Francis Little, to deal with serious allegations of child sexual abuse “demonstrates the catastrophic human consequences of inaction”, a report from the child sex abuse royal commission has found.
 
2017-12-05

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To Promote Diversity, N.H. City Will Fly An Atheist Flag Over The Ten Commandments
On a small bit of land in Somersworth, New Hampshire, two very different symbols will soon share space. At ground level, a monument of the Ten Commandments, and just above it, the “atheist flag” will blow in the breeze.
 
2017-11-29

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Goat head topper stolen from San Jose Satanist group’s Christmas tree
Authorities are investigating the theft of an unusual topper from a tree decorated by the San Jose chapter of The Satanic Temple as part of this year’s Christmas in the Park.
 
2017-11-29

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Defiant Malaysian atheists demand right to coexist
The Malaysian Atheists and Secular Humanists (MASH) group said the Muslim-majority country’s latest trend of denouncing people who did not subscribe to any religion, descripting these people as “disruptions” to society, was worrying.
 
2017-11-29

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Trump retweets British anti-Islam politician's videos
President Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday morning, retweeting violent images and videos that appeared to be anti-Islamic in nature.
 
2017-11-29

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Controversial monk and Dalai Lama aide replaced amid corruption accusations
Prominent Buddhists in North America are welcoming the apparent downfall of the Dalai Lama’s self-styled “personal emissary of peace”, a Tibetan monk who befriended celebrities and billionaires but has been accused of bullying, celebrity worship and corruption.
 
2017-11-28

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They left Islam and now tour the US to talk about it
Muslims who leave the faith often face abuse and violence - but a grassroots group that's touring American colleges is trying to help.
 
2017-11-27

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In Tax Debate, Gift to Religious Right Could Be Bargaining Chip
Among the changes in the tax bill that passed the House this month is a provision to roll back the 1954 ban [on churches and other nonprofit groups engaging in political activity], a move that is championed by the religious right, but opposed by thousands of religious and nonprofit leaders, who warn that it could blur the line between charity and politics
 
2017-11-27

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End secrecy of confessionals 'to protect Catholic children'
Mandatory reporting of sexual misconduct and abolishing the secrecy of the priest’s confessional box are needed to protect children at Catholic schools, the national inquiry into child sexual abuse has been told.
 
2017-11-27

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Archbishop of Canterbury baffled by Christians who back Trump
England's top religious authority, the archbishop of Canterbury, said Sunday that he doesn't understand why so many Christians in the U.S. support President Donald Trump.
 
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