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I hope you all had a nice Valentine’s Weekend (it’s no longer just a day). To ease you out of that candy heart sugar coma, let’s start with love news from around the world.


Valentine’s Day courts controversy in Tajikistan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Indonesia. A flurry of states debate same-sex love and marriage. And a publisher in India pulls a prominent book on Hinduism after religious feelings are hurt. Don’t go breaking my heart.
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To beat those Monday morning blues, we start this week’s Religious Freedom Recap with some good news from the world of religious freedom and free expression. 
Good news for jailed atheists in Tunisia and Indonesia. A high school football coach in South Carolina is ordered to stop baptizing players. And Mormons weren’t always the teetotalers they are today. Bottoms up!
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Welcome our newest voice, Chris Stedman! Here's what you can expect from his Faithiest column. http://buff.ly/1gEwp6H
You may be asking yourself: What on earth is a ‘faitheist’? It’s been years since I first heard the term “faitheist”—a pejorative used by some atheists to describe other nontheists who seem too accommodating of religion. As an atheist and an interfaith activist, I decided that I liked the word enough to embrace it. I …
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If Saudi bans free hugs, I'm sure they'd ban Khallowistmas, December's newest holiday. Check out this week's Religious Freedom Recap below.
Religious freedom lies at the heart of both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Saudi Arabia bans the “exotic practice” of free hugs. And Festivus takes a back seat to Khallowistmas, December’s hottest new holiday (invented by yours truly).
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Just in time for Thanksgivukkah! The Religion News Service 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for funny, serious and kids gifts. Tell us which ones made your wish list in the comments section below. http://buff.ly/17WYTbm
(RNS) From ecumenical prayer beads to naughty Christmas sweaters, the Religion News Service Holiday Gift Guide 2013 has suggestions for everyone on your list, no matter their religion -- or lack of religion.
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BUSY week in religious freedom news. Let’s dive in. Scratch that, it’s Winter Olympics time. Let’s luge.
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Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that a Russian group named after a parrot is being accused of imitating another faith tradition...Here's this week's Religious Freedom Recap by Brian Pellot http://buff.ly/1dgtXRo
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If Saudi bans free hugs, I'm sure they'd ban Khallowistmas, December's newest holiday. Check out this week's Religious Freedom Recap below.
Religious freedom lies at the heart of both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Saudi Arabia bans the “exotic practice” of free hugs. And Festivus takes a back seat to Khallowistmas, December’s hottest new holiday (invented by yours truly).
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If Saudi bans free hugs, I'm sure they'd ban Khallowistmas, December's newest holiday. Check out this week's Religious Freedom Recap below.
Religious freedom lies at the heart of both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Saudi Arabia bans the “exotic practice” of free hugs. And Festivus takes a back seat to Khallowistmas, December’s hottest new holiday (invented by yours truly).
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This is not suprissing to learn that because its part rules in their religion and whatever they do or say is based on their religion
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Our latest Religious Freedom Recap by Brian Pellot
Debate flares over how people define martyred and persecuted Christians. An American church drops Bibles over North Korea. And a drunken Wisconsin woman drops trou in the name of religious freedom. God bless America.
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(RNS) “There was a girl in my math class who had a tattoo about Jesus and I asked if she knew Leviticus says you shouldn’t have tattoos,” said atheist Adam Wright. “She said that wasn’t true and I opened my app and showed her the verse.”
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Religion News Service aims to be the largest single source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. We strive to inform, illuminate and inspire public discourse on matters relating to belief and convictions. RNS advances its mission through our website and by partnering with regional hubs and a diverse group of subscribers who distribute our work.