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Repercussions for Church of England after Primates vote?

A noted theater director petitions the United Kingdom to remove Church of England Bishops from the House of Lords to comply with anti-discrimination laws; Jonathan Merritt chastises the Anglican Communion for focusing on human sexuality while remaining mum on the less controversial sin of supporting oppressive governments efforts to criminalize LGBTQ people, and Primate Philip Richardson shares his experience from the Primates’ meeting.

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Fourth blogger critical of extremists murdered in Bangladesh

NPR reports that Niloy Chakrabati Neel, a blogger who advocated for a secular society and criticized Islamic extremists, was murdered by members of Ansar-al-Islam, a group US intelligence believes is an affiliate of al-Qaida.

From NPR:

As we reported in February, Bangladeshi-born U.S. citizen Avijit Roy, described as a science writer and blog site moderator, was also hacked to death by a pair of attackers who assaulted him on a Dhaka street. The following month, 26-year-old Rahman was killed. In May, so was Das, […]

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Satanic statue installed in Detroit

Members of the Satanic Temple, a religious organization which is more of an advocacy group for secular government than a religious faith, has been in a long-standing battle to install a statue of Baphomet in Oklahoma next to a Ten Commandments monument. After being denied by the state government, they found a location in an industrial zone in Detroit for their statue.

The Ten Commandments monument is a controversial sculpture on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds. It was ruled unconstitutional by the […]

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Secularism: Not as easy as it seems

Columnist David Brooks explores the rise of secularism in a February 3 New York Times op-ed piece, “Building Better Secularists,” challenging the idea that secularism (encompassing atheism, agnosticism and being “without religious affiliation”) is a simple absence of faith, focusing specifically on points made by sociologist Phil Zuckerman in his book, “Living the Secular Life”:

Zuckerman argues that secular morality is built around individual reason, individual choice and individual responsibility. Instead of relying on some eye in […]

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