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Qaeda seeks revenge against France over burqa

Reuters
June 30, 2009

Print: Reuters

Al Qaeda’s north African wing threatened revenge against France for launching a “war” against Muslim women who wear full burqas that cover them from head to toe, according to a Web statement posted in the group’s name.

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Christian Belief Through the Lens of Cognitive Science:  Part 5 of 6

Valerie Tarico
June 29, 2009

Print: Huffington Post

Christianity turns adherents into evangelists—a sales force that seeks to spread the “good news.”  To accomplish this requires some of the same qualities that make for good marketing campaigns, viral emails, and fads.

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The Prurient Trap

By CHARLES M. BLOW
June 29, 2009

Print: The New York Times

There are Democratic sex scandals to be sure, but Democrats didn’t build a franchise on holier-than-thou moral rectitude. The Republicans did. They used sexual morality as a weapon and now it’s shooting them in the foot.

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Think tank concludes that Sharia courts should not be recognised in Britain


June 28, 2009

Print: National Secular Society

Sharia courts should not be recognised under Britain’s 1996 Arbitration Act, according to a new report from independent think-tank Civitas.

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For Radical Islam, the End Begins

by Joshua Muravchik
June 28, 2009

Print: The Washington Post

Much as the hammers that leveled the Berlin Wall in 1989 marked the end of the Cold War, so might the protests rocking Iran signal the death of radical Islam and the challenges it poses to the West. Just as with the evangelicals and the Republican Party, the integration of politics and religious dogma cannot hold.

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Dawkins backs atheist camp

James Meikle
June 28, 2009

Print: Guardian.co.uk

Richard Dawkins backs atheist camp to give children ‘godless alternative’

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Dawkins sets up kids’ camp to groom atheists

By Lois Rogers
June 27, 2009

Print: The London Times Online

GIVE Richard Dawkins a child for a week’s summer camp and he will try to give you an atheist for life. The author of The God Delusion is helping to launch Britain’s first summer retreat for non-believers, where children will have lessons in evolution and sing along to John Lennon’s Imagine.

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Doctors want right to talk faith

Nick Triggle
June 27, 2009

Print: BBC News

Doctors are demanding that NHS staff be given a right to discuss spiritual issues with patients as well as being allowed to offer to pray for them.

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Pastor welcomes guns in church

Associated Press
June 27, 2009

Print: msnbc

Unloaded weapons allowed at event celebrating Second Amendment

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Britain is no longer a Christian nation

the Rt Rev Paul Richardson
June 27, 2009

Print: Telegraph.co.uk

If recent trends are any guide, many Church of England parishes will have been cheered by higher attendances at Easter services. The last published statistics for 2006/7 show rises of 7 and 5 per cent in church going at Christmas and Easter.

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Britain is no longer a Christian nation claims Church of England Bishop

Jonathan Wynne-Jones
June 26, 2009

Print: Telegraph.co.uk

Britain is no longer a Christian nation and the Church of England could die out within a generation, an Anglican bishop has warned.

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God and Science Don’t Mix

By LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS
June 26, 2009

Print: The Wall Street Journal

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in several exciting panel discussions at the World Science Festival in New York City. But the most dramatic encounter took place at the panel strangely titled “Science, Faith and Religion.”

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French secularism put to the test


June 25, 2009

Print: National Secular Society

We often point to France as a beacon of secularism, a country with a constitution that guarantees religious rights but ensures that they are completely separate from the functions of the state.

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Bishops panic at the prospect of being chucked out of the Lords

Terry Sanderson
June 25, 2009

Print: National Secular Society

Church of England bishops are becoming restive at the prospect that the Government might recommend a wholly elected House of Lords

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Somali Islamists carry out public double amputation on ‘thieves’

Mike Pflanz
June 25, 2009

Print: Telegraph.co.uk

Hardline Somali Islamists amputated a leg and a hand from each of four alleged thieves in a public punishment held in the middle of Mogadishu.

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France ponders a burqa ban: No cover up


June 24, 2009

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/economist/full_print_edition/~3/pO_y6LwuMgM/story01.htm

The government takes on a “walking prison”
When the French government decided in 2004 to ban the Muslim headscarf in state schools and other public buildings, it set off a heated debate over religious expression and women’s rights in a secular state. Now Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked another by calling the burqa, a head-to-toe Islamic garment, “a sign of subjugation;of debasement that is not welcome on French territory.”
Mr Sarkozy’s comments came after a group of deputies, led by Andre Gerin, a Communist, had called for a parliamentary inquiry into the wearing of the burqa, with a view to a possible ban. This would mean in all public places, since it is already banned in state institutions under the 2004 law. The deputies called burqas “veritable walking prisons.”

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Iran’s debate over theocracy: Why the turbans are at odds


June 24, 2009

Print: Economist

A debate rages about the nature of clerical rule

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Church’s gay exorcism video creates stir

Associated Press
June 24, 2009

Print: msnbc

Gay and youth advocates are demanding an investigation

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Sanctuary church attacked after Romanian race violence

David Sharrock
June 22, 2009

The Times

A church in Belfast, Ireland, which gave sanctuary to more than a hundred Romanians when they fled from racist violence, has been attacked by vandals. The Romanians had sheltered in the church after being driven from their homes in south Belfast by “disturbances” earlier in the month. Now, all but 14 of them have asked to return to Romania, and the government of Northern Ireland is paying to send the back.

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Clergy appeal over organ donors

BBC
June 22, 2009

BBC

Leaders of the UK’s main religions appeal to their followers to support a campaign to register as organ donors. The Church of England, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, the head of the U.K. Hindu Council and the Chief Rabbi have all said that organ donation after death is both permitted and encouraged by their respective religions. The Church of England went farther, calling it a “Christian duty.”

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