Nigeria court in Kano sentences nine people to death for blasphemy

According to BBC, an Islamic court has sentenced nine people to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammad in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.
 
The accused, who were all Muslims, had pleaded guilty, the head of Kano's religious police, Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, told the BBC.
 
The trial was speedily done in secret after a section of the court was burnt down by angry protesters last month.
 
It is not known if they will appeal against the sentence.
 
The alleged offence was committed last month at a religious gathering in honour of Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse, the Senegalese founder of the Tijaniya sect, which has a large following across West Africa.

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France attack: Man decapitated in attack near Lyon

A man has been decapitated and several others injured at a factory in France in what President Francois Hollande has called a terrorist attack
 
According to BBC, two men drove into the Air Products gas factory near Lyon, officials said, before several explosions were heard.
 
One of multiple suspects arrested over the attack was investigated by police in 2006 it has emerged.
 
The dead man was found with Arabic inscriptions on him and an Islamist flag was found near the site.
 
At a press conference from Brussels, Mr Hollande confirmed that two attackers had targeted the chemicals factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, crashing into it in a car.

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Tunisia attack on Sousse beach 'kills 27'

At least 27 people, mostly foreigners, have been killed in an attack on a beach near two tourist hotels in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, according to the interior ministry.
 
According to BBC, officials say one gunman has been shot dead and another is being pursued.
Sousse is a popular tourist destination.
 
Tunisia has been on high alert since March when militants killed 22 people, mainly foreign tourists, in an attack on a museum in the capital Tunis.
 
The interior ministry told the BBC "a terrorist attack" was ongoing. Officials say six people have been injured in the attack.
 
A British man on holiday told the BBC that he heard the attack on a neighbouring hotel. From his room, he saw a man with a pistol but did not know whether this was an attacker or a member of the security forces.

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ISIS slowly drowns prisoners in a cage

According to NY Post, ISIS jihadis are testing out horrific new methods of execution, according to a horrifying video released Tuesday by the terror group that shows the drowning of five prisoners who are locked inside a steel cage and slowly lowered to their deaths in a pool.
 
The Hollywood-style video shows the accused spies packed into the cage and screaming for their lives as high-definition underwater cameras capture the contraption being submerged.
 
The heavy cage is then lifted back into the air and the prisoners are seen foaming from their mouths as their lifeless bodies lie inside. One man takes a desperate last gasp for breath.

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Atheist Mom Gets Threats After School Cancels 'Bible Man' Visits

The Huffington Post | By Ed Mazza
 
An atheist mother in Tennessee says she's been getting threats on social media afterher complaint led to the cancellation of school visits by a preacher nicknamed "Bible Man."
 
Horace Turner, aka "Bible Man," had been visiting the Coalmont Elementary School in Altamont, Tennessee for years, where he would have "baby Jesus displays, sermons proclaiming that 'Jesus died on the cross for our sins,' bible readings, discussions about the meaning of bible stories, and distributions of religious literature," according to a complaint filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
 
The district has put the "Bible Man" sessions on hold, with one administrator telling WRCB-TV in Chattanooga that he might come back as part of an after-school club activity rather than a school assembly.
 
But that has apparently angered some parents, and the mother who initiated the complaint told the station she has been getting threats on Facebook as a result. One included the words: "He was an outsider and against the Bible Man coming to our schools, so we threw him a house warming party," along with a picture of a burning home.

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Fox News Pundit Calls Pope Francis 'The Most Dangerous Person On The Planet' For Suggesting Climate Change Is Real

The Huffington Post | By Antonia Blumberg
 
Pope Francis's newly released papal letter on outlining the moral imperative of protecting the environment has upset some Catholics and conservatives who say the pontiff should stay out of the "political realm." But one conservative pundit went a step further by calling the pope "the most dangerous person on the planet."
 
Pope Francis earned such a title in Fox New pundit Greg Gutfeld's eyes for "seeking strange new respect" from his "adversaries" -- among whom, Gutfeld presumes, are liberals who might disagree with the pontiff's more conservative perspectives on gay marriage, women's ordination and contraception.
 
The pope opened the leaked draft of the encyclical by saying climate change is the Earth's way of protesting "irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God placed in her."

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The Atheist and the Nun

By Alicia MacManus – Huffington Post
 
Religion has never been my thing.
 
When I was nine, I was kicked out of CCD for defending gay rights. I vividly remember sitting outside the classroom leaning up against a hideous yellow wall waiting for my mom to pick me up. When she finally arrived with a big smile she said, "Mommy's proud of you. Don't tell these people though."
 
When I was 16, I got kicked out of my Christian Lifestyles class at my Catholic high school. (It had a great theater program so my parents took the risk that my older sister and I might end up Republican zealots and sent us there.) Once again, it was the gay issue and at least once a week I was asked to "go get a muffin."
 
While the gay issue was probably my biggest grievance with the church, I had plenty. Really, any organized religion. So I was dubious when my older sister came home from school and announced her favorite faculty member was an awesome nun named Sister Pat. Clearly, my sister had drunk the juice.

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