Atheism

May 29, 2020 - 11:52 am
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The parents of a disabled Ohio teen have settled a lawsuit against a church and others over what they said was the boy's forced baptism at a picnic in 2016, the parents' attorneys said. The confidential settlement on behalf of April and Gregg DeFibaugh and their son,...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. pastor Jin Minri speaks during an interview at the Zion Church in Beijing, China. After Jin refused local authorities' request to install surveillance cameras inside his house church, police individually questioned hundreds of members of the 1,500-person congregation, he said. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
August 07, 2018 - 12:17 am
NANYANG, China (AP) — The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true — a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers. But in March, about a dozen police officers and local officials...
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In this image taken from video shot Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, by China Aid and provided to the Associated Press, clouds of debris billow during the demolition of the Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen in northern China's Shanxi province. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary troops known as the People's Armed Police used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church, a Christian mega-church that clashed with the government. (China Aid via AP)
January 11, 2018 - 9:18 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in northern China's coal country have demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary People's Armed Police forces...
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Russian blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky and his mother Yelena Chingina, left, listen to a sentence in a court in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Sokolovsky has been convicted for inciting religious hatred for playing “Pokemon Go” in a church and given a suspended sentence. (Alexei Bulatov/ Komsomolskaya Pravda photo via AP)
May 11, 2017 - 8:37 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian blogger was convicted on Thursday of inciting religious hatred for playing "Pokemon Go" in a church, and given a suspended sentence. Ruslan Sokolovsky posted a video on his blog last year showing him playing the smartphone game in a church built on the supposed spot where...
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Russian blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky and his mother Yelena Chingina, left, listen to a sentence in a court in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Sokolovsky has been convicted for inciting religious hatred for playing “Pokemon Go” in a church and given a suspended sentence. (Alexei Bulatov/ Komsomolskaya Pravda photo via AP)
May 11, 2017 - 6:14 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian blogger was convicted on Thursday of inciting religious hatred for playing "Pokemon Go" in a church, and given a suspended sentence. Ruslan Sokolovsky posted a video on his blog last year showing him playing the smartphone game in a church built on the supposed spot where...
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March 22, 2017 - 3:23 pm
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A man who was initially denied an Indiana license plate reading "ATHE1ST" now has the personalized plate. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles denied Chris Bontrager's first request in February without citing a specific reason. The bureau's denial letter to Bontrager noted the...
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