Petition seeks protection of females on Israeli airline after gender intolerance

Demonstrators attend a peace rally
By Miko Morelos

An 11-hour El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv carrying scores of ultra-orthodox Jewish passengers has spawned an online petition urging Israel's flag carrier to protect female passengers from harassment and gender discrimination.

US school under fire because of religious quotes on statue

By Henri Rose Cimatu

The Madison County High School in Danielsville in the U.S. state of Georgia is drawing the ire of two humanist groups after placing a statue with religious verses on its football field.

Hindus take over Indian church, convert it to a temple

By Henri Rose Cimatu

Hindu extremists have turned a church in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh into a temple and Christians say its members have been forcefully converted to Hinduism.

World churches' body head praises Muslim scholars′ letter condemning IS

By Peter Kenny

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit has welcomed publication of an open letter by 126 Muslim scholars to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" condemning its actions

US school accused of purging Christian books at California campus

By Henri Rose Cimatu

A school in California is having problems with any book that is "Christian." The Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, California has pulled the books from its library saying it does not allow "sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves," Fox News reported.

Pakistan jailer kills Christian pastor on death row, wounds convict in prison

By Miko Morelos

A Christian pastor on death row was shot dead inside a Pakistan prison, while a cellmate on death row was wounded in the attack last week.

World churches group sees its lobbying paying off with arms treaty

By Peter Kenny

Churches and church alliance have lobbied and eight more governments are ratifying the Arms Trade Treaty during last week's high-level meetings at the United Nations.

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