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IRS to Atheists: Okay, We'll Investigate Pulpit Freedom Sunday Pastors

Tax agency and FFRF announce settlement, but Milwaukee church disputes the lawsuit's dismissal.
IRS to Atheists: Okay, We'll Investigate Pulpit Freedom Sunday Pastors
Alliance Defending Freedom

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has agreed to investigate the political activity of churches after reaching a settlement with an atheist legal group. But a court has yet to decide whether or not to close the case.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the IRS ...

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Mosul's Last Christians Flee Iraq's Hoped-For Christian Stronghold

(UPDATED) Historic community comes to 'a real end' after ISIS ultimatum tells Christians to convert, pay tax, or die.
Mosul's Last Christians Flee Iraq's Hoped-For Christian Stronghold
STR/EPA

[Added biblical archaeology finds in Nineveh]

There are no Christians left in Iraq's second-largest city after a weekend ultimatum left Mosul residents with three choices: convert to Islam, pay jizya (a poll tax levied on non-Muslims), or die at the hands of the Islamic ...

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Muslim Sues Kenya's Catholic Bishops for Discrimination

Bishops sued as they lobby for peace amidst coastal violence.
Muslim Sues Kenya's Catholic Bishops for Discrimination
Screenshot of Al Yusra

Kenya has its own religious discrimination case: A Muslim restaurateur sued the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, claiming religious discrimination after the bishops allegedly cut short the restaurant's lease.

The owner of Al-Yusra Restaurant in Nairobi claims that ...

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Gordon College Loses City Contract, Gets Accreditation Scrutiny

President Michael Lindsay among 26 CCCU presidents urging an exemption clause in pending executive order.
Gordon College Loses City Contract, Gets Accreditation Scrutiny
Wikimedia Commons

A Massachusetts town cut short its contract with Gordon College after the school's president asked President Obama to exempt religious institutions from an expected non-discrimination order.

Gordon president D. Michael Lindsay—also a CT board member—was ...

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What Does Kenya's Wave of Anti-Christian Violence Mean?

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for nearly 100 coastal deaths since early June.
What Does Kenya's Wave of Anti-Christian Violence Mean?
STR/EPA

Attacks on Kenya's coastal region over the early summer left nearly 100 people dead amid concerns over a rash of religious violence.

Over the weekend, at least 22 people died in Saturday night attacks on the villages of Hindi and Gamba in eastern Kenya, reportsThe Wall ...

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Militants Take Over Christian University in Ukraine

Insurgents gain control as thousands flee the city of Donetsk.
Militants Take Over Christian University in Ukraine
Donetsk Christian University/Facebook

Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine have reportedly taken over a Christian university in the major city of Donetsk and are using the university to house insurgents in preparation for battle.

"They want to accommodate more soldiers, so that place becomes the number ...

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Christian Worshippers Latest Targets in Nigerian Violence

Terrorist group Boko Haram has killed more than 2,000 this year.
Christian Worshippers Latest Targets in Nigerian Violence
talatu-carmen/Flickr

At least 30 people were killed last weekend after gunmen attacked worshippers and torched at least three churches in villages near Chibok in northern Nigeria, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian reported.

Local residents blamed the terrorist organization Boko Haram, ...

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What's Next? How Hobby Lobby Affects Wheaton College and Nearly 100 Other Cases

Wheaton College, six other organizations get temporary relief; 100 cases likely to be affected.
What's Next? How Hobby Lobby Affects Wheaton College and Nearly 100 Other Cases
Courtesy of the Becket Fund

Just hours after the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision for Hobby Lobby and fewer than 24 before the IRS could fine several corporations for HHS mandate violations, federal circuit courts granted last minute relief to Wheaton College and six Catholic organizations, including ...

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Bahrain Welcomes First Catholic Cathedral

The Persian Gulf island has had a Christian presence for over a century.
Bahrain Welcomes First Catholic Cathedral
Jason Rosenberg/Flickr

[Editor's note: CT incorrectly referred to Our Lady of Arabia as the "first official church" in Bahrain in its June print issue. Our Lady of Arabia is instead the first Catholic cathedral in the country.]

Bahrain, the small island country nestled between Qatar ...

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Egypt's Most Infamous Christian Convert Faces 5 Years in Prison for 'False' TV Broadcast

Hegazy, the first Muslim-background believer to sue Egypt to recognize his conversion, charged with disturbing the peace.
Egypt's Most Infamous Christian Convert Faces 5 Years in Prison for 'False' TV Broadcast
Wikimedia Commons

(MSN) The first Egyptian convert to try to legally change his religious identity from Islam to Christianity on his government ID was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison.

Bishoy Armia Boulous, formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy, received the prison term and a fine ...

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Ex-Muslim Sues His Church for Celebrating His Baptism

Oklahoma man claims he was tortured, nearly beheaded in Syria because of Presbyterian church’s online announcement.
Ex-Muslim Sues His Church for Celebrating His Baptism
Screenshot of First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa website

A Muslim convert to Christianity has sued his Oklahoma church and its pastor for negligence after the church announced his baptism online. He alleges that the announcement caused disastrous consequences on his trip back home to Syria, where he was tortured and almost executed ...

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China Lifts High the Cross (Right Off Dozens of Churches)

Photos show campaign to 'de-Christianize' skyline of 'China's Jerusalem' continues.
China Lifts High the Cross (Right Off Dozens of Churches)
Courtesy of China Aid

When a megachurch's walls came tumbling down in China's Jerusalem last month, the forced demolition drew widespread international attention thanks to photos circulating on Weibo, China's version of Twitter. Now, Weibo photos have documented how local authorities ...

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Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Gives Birth in Sudan Prison as 1 Million Protest Christian Mother's Death Penalty

(UPDATED) Government of Sudan: 'This case remains a legal issue and not a religious or a political one.'
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Gives Birth in Sudan Prison as 1 Million Protest Christian Mother's Death Penalty
Facebook screenshot - Gabriel Wani

Update (June 2): Many media outlets circulated the BBC's report this weekend that Sudanese authorities would soon free Meriam Ibrahim from prison. However, CNN reported that her fate remains a decision for the appeals court, and Sudan's foreign ministry later explained ...

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Confirmed: American's Pregnant Wife Faces Sudan Death Penalty for Not Renouncing Christian Faith

(UPDATED) Convicted of adultery and apostasy, Sudanese doctor will give birth to her second child this month.
Confirmed: American's Pregnant Wife Faces Sudan Death Penalty for Not Renouncing Christian Faith
U.S. State Department

Update (May 15): Given until today to recant her faith by a Sudanese court, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim instead declared she remained a Christian at today's hearing. The judge at the Public Order Court in El Haj Yousif Khartoum then confirmed her sentence of 100 lashes for adultery ...

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Dalit Christians Debut New Strategy in India Election

New political party in new state takes stand for lowest caste, while court fight for more rights remains stalled.
Dalit Christians Debut New Strategy in India Election
Courtesy of India Christian Secular Party

(WWM) India's low-caste citizens have taken a sizable step into politics with a newly formed Christian political party and a campaign dedicated to earning seats in a new state assembly.

As India's month-long national election closed Monday [May 12], residents of ...

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