Tag:  Religious issues

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Lifestyle

Refugee of religious cult tells her story

Elle Benet (Courtesy Photo) by Blair AdamsFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–When Elle Benet looks back on her childhood, the memories are almost unbearable. For 18 years she lived in a world defined by verbal abuse and was part of a church that forced its members to live a life so austere that the outside world was held in disdain.

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International

Kenya Muslim leader: I could be killed next

In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, an influential member of a controversial mosque where two previous mosque leaders were killed under mysterious circumstances, sits in his office in Mombasa, Kenya. Writing in Arabic on islamist flag reads “There is no God but God and Muhammed is his messenger”. (AP Photo/Jason Straziuso) by Jason StraziusoAssociated Press Writer MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — In August 2012, a leader of a Kenyan mosque that has attracted extremist followers was shot dead as he drove through the streets of Mombasa. Fourteen months later, another leader of the same mosque met the same fate. There have been no arrests in either case. Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, an Islamic community leader associated with the same mosque, is certain that he will also be killed. And he believes — as do many others — that the police haven’t solved the two high-profile killings because they are the ones who carried them out. Riots broke out in Mombasa after Aboud Rogo was killed in August 2012 and after Sheik Ibrahim Ismael was killed in October, and tensions remain high in this shabby seaside city ringed by high-end resorts that sit on white-sand beaches.

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National

Supreme Court term begins with contentious topics

Cardinal Donald Wuerl walk with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as they leave the church, after the Red Mass at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is beginning a new term with controversial issues that offer the court’s conservative majority the chance to move aggressively to undo limits on campaign contributions, undermine claims of discrimination in housing and mortgage lending, and allow for more government-sanctioned prayer.

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National

Pope’s blunt remarks pose challenge for American bishops

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) by Rachell ZollAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling abortion rights supporters to stay away from the sacrament of Communion.

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National

Gunman in Navy Yard rampage was hearing voices

This undated photo provided by Kristi Kinard Suthamtewakul shows Aaron Alexis in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Kristi Kinard Suthamtewakul) by Brett Zongker, Eric Tucker and Lolita BaldorAssociated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) – A month before he went on the rampage that left 13 dead, Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis complained to police in Rhode Island that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings of his hotel rooms and sending microwave vibrations into his body to prevent him from sleeping.

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International

Death toll soars to 638 in Egypt violence

Injured supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi lie on the ground after Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by supporters of Morsi in Nasr City district, Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa) by Maggie Michael Associated Press Writer CAIRO (AP) — Weeping relatives in search of loved ones uncovered the faces of the bloodied, unclaimed dead in a Cairo mosque near the smoldering epicenter of support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi, as the death toll soared past 600 Thursday from Egypt’s deadliest day since the Arab Spring began.