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2017-08-27

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Iran Sentences New Age-Style Shiite Islam Founder to Death
An attorney for the founder of a mystical, New Age version of Shiite Islam says an Iranian court has sentenced his client to death. Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei tells The Associated Press that the court sentenced Mohammad Ali Taheri to death on charges of founding a cult.
 
2017-08-24

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Charlottesville violence: Rabbis cancel Trump call over remarks
A prominent coalition of rabbis has pulled out of an annual call with the US president over his remarks about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The four groups said Donald Trump's statements were "so lacking in moral leadership and empathy" that they had no choice but to cancel the call.
 
2017-08-23

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Military-style Christian sect leader charged in abuse case
A leader of a New Mexico military-style Christian sect is facing dozens of child sexual abuse charges in a case that authorities say is connected to widespread abuse by the religious commune.
 
2017-08-23

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After satanic controversy, Boca rejects ban on all displays
The City Council rejected the ban Tuesday at the urging of more than a dozen residents who spoke in opposition to a prohibition on the displays Tuesday.
 
2017-08-23

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Suspect arrested on suspicion of threatening Reform, atheists
A 39-year-old resident of central Israel was arrested on suspicion of involvement in threats and intentions to harm key atheist officials and activists, as well as members of the Reform Movement.
 
2017-08-22

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#NewNationalism: 'Turn India into a Hindu state'
Following her trip to the US, DW's Fanny Facsar headed to India to find out what's driving nationalism in one of Asia's most populous countries. She discovered that religion there can run deeper than democratic values.
 
2017-08-22

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Trial Date Set for Atheist's Suit Against Transit Agency
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society sued the County of Lackawanna Transit System more than two years ago. The agency, based in Scranton, says it has a policy banning any ads that promote or attack religion, saying such ads could cause disputes on its buses and, therefore, are a safety hazard.
 
2017-08-22

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Boko Haram Nigerian child bombings this year are quadruple 2016's: UNICEF
Eighty-three children had been used as bombers since Jan. 1, 2017, UNICEF said. Of those, 55 were girls, mostly under 15 years old and 27 were boys...Boko Haram is trying to create an Islamic state in the Lake Chad region, which spans parts of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
 
2017-08-22

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Muslim divorce law 'unconstitutional', rules India's top court
India's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who have spent decades arguing that it violated their right to equality.
 
2017-08-22

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Barcelona cell planned big bomb attack, suspect tells court: source
An alleged member of an Islamist group that carried out the Barcelona van attack told a Spanish court on Tuesday that the group had been planning a much bigger strike using explosives, a judicial source said.
 
2017-08-20

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Factbox: the Investigation Into Barcelona Attack
Spanish police are hunting for a fugitive member of a suspected Islamist militant cell after a van attack in Barcelona on Thursday and another attack in the resort of Cambrils on Friday, which killed 14 people.
 
2017-08-20

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Married Sunday, fired Monday: Churches threaten to dismiss staff who wed same-sex partners
Australia's Catholic church is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised, in a dramatic move led by the country's most senior Catholic.
 
2017-08-20

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Catholic Church claimed child sex abuse victims ‘consented’
The Catholic Church and British local authorities have been accused of using a legal loophole to avoid paying compensation to victims of child sex abuse. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, a government agency, has denied some children financial settlements because it said the victims had “consented” to the abuse, a group of charities has warned.
 
2017-08-14

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Australia church abuse: Priests 'must report' confessions
Catholic clerics should face criminal charges if they do not report sexual abuse disclosed to them during confession, an Australian inquiry has recommended.
 
2017-08-10

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Christian school sued, accused of covering up rape
A lawsuit claims a 12-year-old boy was being raped by older boys at Brentwood Academy. It also claims school officials knew about it and did nothing. It happened in 2015...According to the lawsuit, when the victim's mother reported it to Headmaster Curt Masters, he said the boy should “turn the other cheek and "everything in God's Kingdom happens for a reason.”
 
2017-08-10

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Mormons Remove Church Leader For The First Time In Nearly 30 Years
Mormon church officials confirmed Tuesday that James J. Hamula, a midlevel leader, had been excommunicated. What hasn't been confirmed is why he was removed.
 
2017-08-10

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Chinese god statue covered in sheet after Muslims protest in Indonesian city
Amid concern of growing religious conservatism across Indonesia and an increase in anti-Chinese sentiment, a massive statue in East Java has been covered after protests from local Muslims.
 
2017-08-10

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Militant Buddhist monks are stoking sectarian tensions in Myanmar
They claim the Muslim minority poses a mortal threat to their religion.
 
2017-08-10

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Malaysia government minister calls for atheists to be 'hunted down' and 're-educated'
Atheists in Malaysia should be “hunted down” as they violate the constitution, a government minister in the increasingly fundamentalist Muslim-majority nation has said. Shahidan Kassim, who serves in the Prime Minister’s inner circle, called on Islamic scholars to re-educate non-believers.
 
2017-08-08

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Atheists tend to be seen as immoral – even by other atheists: study
Participants were given a description of a fictional evildoer who tortured animals as a child, then grows up to become a teacher who murders and mutilates five homeless people. Half of the group were asked how likely it was that the perpetrator was a religious believer, and the other half how likely he was an atheist. The team found that people were about twice as likely to assume that the serial killer was an atheist.
 
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