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Big Business to Arizona: Gay Discrimination Bill Bad for Economy

Apple, American Airlines and Marriott delivered a message to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday: State legislation allowing companies to discriminate against gays on religious grounds would be bad for business.<p>The conservative Republican governor is facing growing pressure over the bill, which the …

UN: Burma Buddhists killed more than 40 Muslims

Burma presidential spokesman strongly objected to U.N. claims, denied reports of massacre.<p>Rangoon, Burma (AP) — At least 48 Muslims were killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Burma earlier this month, the United Nations said Thursday, calling on the …

Pakistan sentences man to death for blasphemy

A 65-year-old British national faces the death penalty in Pakistan after a court in Rawalpindi found him guilty of blasphemy.<p>Mohammed Asghar, who was sentenced on Friday, was arrested in Sadiqabad in 2010 for writing letters claiming to be a prophet.<p>Asghar, a British national of Pakistani origin, …

Christmas A Non-Religious Holiday For Half Of Americans, Pew Survey Finds

As the center of the biggest commercial season in the U.S., it's no surprise that a majority of Americans -- Christian or not -- observe Christmas.<p>But a new survey shows that while nine in 10 Americans take part in the holiday that theologically commemorates the birth of Jesus, only about half …

A Fascinating New Poll Shows That Americans Are Losing Faith In God

Before today, U.S. adults had remained fairly consistent in their religious beliefs — 82% of U.S. respondents previously reported that they believed there was a God since 2005.<p>In another decline, only 54% of Americans are now "absolutely certain" in God's existence, a 12% decrease over the last …

Hot-Button Zealot: Reza Aslan’s Jesus Biography Coming to Theaters

Move over Hobbits, X-Men and Transformers: We may be heading into the era of the biblical epic. Hot on the heels of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” …

Associated Press News

Angry mobs carry out revenge attacks in Central African Republic

<b>GRAPHIC WARNING</b>: Contains images which some viewers may find disturbing.<p>Christian and Muslim mobs went on lynching sprees on Monday as French forces began disarming fighters in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. At least 459 people have been killed in the city since Thursday, …

Harry Belafonte Was Right About Jay-Z

With the current controversy surrounding high-end retail store Barneys and racial profiling allegations, one thing stands evident. Harry Belafonte …

Cardinal Dolan says Catholic Church 'caricatured as anti-gay'

As gay marriage legislation picks up momentum across the country, New York Archbishop<p>Timothy Dolansaid the Roman Catholic Church is losing the fight because it's been "caricatured as anti-gay."<p>Dolan, a charismatic cardinal who until recently was president of the<p>U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, …

More laws are needed as religion declines, top judge says

One of Britain's most senior judges said the rapid rise in the number of laws in recent years had been necessary as other modes of social control such as religion and old fashioned morality declined<p>One of Britain’s most senior judges has blamed a decline in religion and traditional moral values for …

Law

Angola accused of 'banning' Islam as mosques closed

Angola has been accused of "banning" Islam after shutting down most of the country's mosques amid reports of violence and intimidation against women who wear the veil.<p>The Islamic Community of Angola (ICA) claims that eight mosques have been destroyed in the past two years and anyone who practises …

Pope Francis Criticizes "Tyranny" of Unchecked Capitalism

On Tuesday, Pope Francis released an 84-page theological manifesto railing against what he called the “tyranny” of unfettered capitalism. The memo …

Pope Francis calls for powers to be stripped from Vatican

Pope Francis says "excessive centralisation" complicates the Church, in his first "apostolic exhortation", but avoids controversial issues such as women priests and abortion<p><b>The Pope</b> has outlined his vision for the future of the Catholic Church, call for powers to be stripped from the <b>Vatican</b>, …

Christianity

Why Americans and Europeans may soon start dying of infections like it’s 1905 again

Antibiotics aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do anymore. You know, kill infections. Since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin 75 years ago, nearly all bacteria have mutated into strains impervious to antibiotics. Those souped up bacteria now kill hundreds of thousands of people, at a …

Medicine

Pope Francis honors gay teen who developed breakthrough cancer test

“It’s really amazing to be recognized by the Vatican, especially as a gay scientist,” the 16-year-old said<p>Pope Francis this weekend honored the 16-year-old science prodigy who developed a cost-effective method to detect pancreatic cancer.<p>Jack Andraka has received several awards for his breakthrough …

Film today: Nymphomaniac - this is hardcore

On the site today<p>• Lars Von Trier ditches plans for "softcore" Nymphomaniac after handing in 5.5 hour cut<p>• First look review of Hunger Games: Catching Fire<p>• Jason Statham wants Daniel Craig role in Layer Cake sequel<p>• Spike Lee sued over Zimmermann tweet <br>• Joe Wright in talks for new Peter Pan film<p>• …

5 Things You Might Not Have Known About God And Beer

On <i>Weekend Edition Sunday</i>, NPR's John Burnett describes how some churches are trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community around craft beer.<p>This is actually nothing new. For centuries, beer has brought people together to worship God. And God has inspired people …

Bishop fears sharia bonds pave way for more Islamic law

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former bishop of Rochester, warns plans by David Cameron to issue a sharia-compliant bond could have "unforeseen consequences"<p>David Cameron’s plans to issue sharia-compliant bonds open the way to Islamic law being enforced at the heart of government, a senior clergyman has …

Religion

Supreme Court to hear case on separating church and state

WASHINGTON — When Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, complained about the Christian prayers at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y., they were told they could "leave the room or just not listen," Galloway said.<p>"We felt like outcasts," Galloway said. "We are not …

Associated Press News

Pope's shekels: Vatican bank opens its books for 1st time

The Vatican bank published its annual accounts for the first time on Tuesday in an attempt to boost transparency and distance itself from a string of scandals.<p>The bank - known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR – described 2012 as an "economically successful year" for its customers, as …

Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now?

<b>(Artur Bogacki via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The non-religious Assembly is perhaps the fastest growing church in the world — and it’s coming to a mall near you<p>Katie Engelhart<p>September 22, 2013 10:59am (UTC)<p>Organized Atheism is now a franchise.<p>Yesterday, The Sunday Assembly—the London-based “Atheist …