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Polygamy: Muslim peer says issue has been avoided because of ‘cultural sensitivity’

None
February 20, 2009

Telegraph.co.uk

The issue of polygamy has been avoided by politicians because of cultural sensitivity a Baroness Warsi has said.

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Indian nun claims sex is rife within Catholic Church


February 19, 2009

Telegraph, UK

An Indian nun has stunned the Catholic Church with a confessional autobiography claiming widespread sexual abuse and bullying within its cloisters.

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Hand-copying the Bible, one person per verse

Joanna Lin
February 16, 2009

Los Angeles Times

Bible Across America tour invites people nationwide to participate. The Smithsonian Institution will get an original; prints will sell as ‘America’s NIV.’ Next stop: Rolling Hills Estates.

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Extremist Muslim preachers targeted in new counterterrorism strategy

Duncan Gardham
February 16, 2009

The Telegraph

Extremist Muslim preachers who claim that Western society is incompatible with their religion are to be targeted by the Government.

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Bible, yoga and YouTube: all part of Jewish identity

By Ari B. Bloomekatz
February 15, 2009

LA Times

At LimmudLA conference in Costa Mesa, Jews gather to teach one another about the personal ways they relate to their faith.

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Peace or Jihad? Abrogation in Islam Muslims, Democracy, and the American Experience War and Peace -

Raymond Ibrahim
February 15, 2009

Pajamas Media

The Biology Of Belief

Jeffrey Kluger
February 14, 2009

Time

Most folks probably couldn’t locate their parietal lobe with a map and a compass. For the record, it’s at the top of your head — aft of the frontal lobe, fore of the occipital lobe, north of the temporal lobe. What makes the parietal lobe special is not where it lives but what it does — particularly concerning matters of faith.

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Britain Refuses Entry to Dutch Lawmaker Whose Remarks and Film Have Angered Muslims

John F. Burns
February 14, 2009

The New York Times

A Dutch member of Parliament who has compared the Koran to “Mein Kampf” and blamed Islamic texts for inciting the 9/11 attacks was detained by immigration officials at Heathrow Airport on Thursday and forced to board the next flight back to the Netherlands. His deportation had been ordered by Britain’s home secretary on the grounds that his presence in Britain endangered public safety.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Jerry Falwell’s College

Kevin Roose
February 14, 2009

The Huffington Post

At most American colleges, young lovers are spending Valentine’s Day doling out Whitman’s samplers, stuffed animals, and long-stemmed roses to their crushes and significant others, hoping to get lucky in the process. Not so at Liberty University, the late Reverend Jerry Falwell’s “Bible Boot Camp” for young evangelicals.

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Christians face discrimination in workplace say church leaders

Jonathan Wynne-Jones
February 14, 2009

Telegraph.co.uk

Almost two thirds of the Church of England General Synod believe Christians are the victims of discrimination in the workplace.

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Indian extremist group targets Valentine’s Day

Mark Magnier and Pavitra Ramaswamy
February 13, 2009

Los Angeles Times

Police are on alert after Hindu radicals who earlier attacked women at a pub vow to round up any young couples celebrating the holiday, which they say is offensive to Indian culture.

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Despite these riots, I stand by what I wrote

Johann Hari
February 13, 2009

The Independent

Last week, I wrote an article defending free speech for everyone – and in response there have been riots, death threats, and the arrest of an editor who published the article.

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Christian school receptionist row: More bishops speak out in support of Jennie Cain

Martin Beckford and Caroline Gammell
February 13, 2009

Telegraph.co.uk

Christianity is not just something that happens between consenting adults behind closed doors a bishop has said as support grows for the receptionist who faces the sack in a row with her school over religion.

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Science v superstition, not religion

Andrew Brown
February 13, 2009

Guardian.co.uk

We are not going to understand the growth of creationism in modern England so long as we think of it as a primarily Christian phenomenon, or even a religious one.

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Dawkins takes on the ex-bishop

Adam Rutherford
February 13, 2009

Guardian.co.uk

Battle of the Oxford heavyweights over evolution turns into a bit of a love-up. Adam Rutherford keeps score

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Egyptian Christian’s recognition struggle

Christopher Landau
February 13, 2009

BBC News

Maher al-Gohary has converted from Islam to Christianity. In spite of facing death threats, he’s engaged in a legal battle to have his changed religion recognised on his official Egyptian documents.

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Darwin was right. Up to a point

Simon Conway Morris
February 12, 2009

Guardian.co.uk

When physicists speak of not only a strange universe, but one even stranger than we can possibly imagine, they articulate a sense of unfinished business that most neo-Darwinians don’t even want to think about, says Simon Conway Morris

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Belfast battle over Darwin exhibition

Henry MacDonald
February 11, 2009

guardian.co.uk

DUP assembly member Mervyn Storey calls for creationist display to challenge evolution theory

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Darwin and the Darwinists

Steven Rose
February 10, 2009

Guardian.co.uk

As a Darwinian I take it for granted that human psychology has been shaped by our evolutionary past – but EP’s claims go way beyond this

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Search on for graves of unbaptized babies

Associated Press
February 10, 2009

msnbc

Unmarked site expected to contain hundreds buried by Catholic Church

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