Japan Targets Exploitative Religious Groups 
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Japan Targets Exploitative Religious Groups 

A legislation to limit deceptive donation solicitations by religious and other groups was passed by the Japanese parliament on Saturday.  What’s the reason for the legislation?  It is an effort by the authorities aimed at curbing the excesses of religious groups. The person who fatally shot former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a public campaign…

Confession not enough, Prosecutors tell Catholic cardinal

Confession not enough, Prosecutors tell Catholic cardinal

Prosecutors in Marseille, France, have told Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, a high-ranking Catholic prelate, that confession of wrongdoing is not enough.  What wrongdoing?  Announcing withdrawal from his religious duties on Monday, Ricard had confessed to abusing a 14-year-old girl 35 years ago. The letter was read on Monday, during a conference of French bishops. “Thirty-five years…

Why an Atheist was Sentenced To 24 Years in Nigeria

Why an Atheist was Sentenced To 24 Years in Nigeria

The Story Nigerian atheist Bala Muhammad has been sentenced to 24 years after pleading guilty to charges of blasphemy. Which laws did he violate? The 37-year-old Muhammad was accused of making Facebook posts that criticized Islam and its prophet Muhammed, which the court said were capable of breaching public peace in Nigeria’s Muslim-dominated north where…