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China Teases Deal with the Vatican for State-Approved Bishops

Both Chinese and Western media are reporting that a deal between the Vatican and China’s authoritarian government over the appointment of bishops may be near, potentially ending a long argument between the Catholic Church and Communist Party. Such a deal would also dismay many Chinese Christians and alarm human-rights advocates worried about Beijing’s drive to “Sinicize” religion, transforming it from a potentially subversive force into an instrument of state control.

Vatican delegation 'to visit China this month': state media

Saudi Crown Prince Claims He’s ‘Not Familiar’ with Wahhabism, Islam ‘a Religion of Peace’

In an interview with the Atlantic conducted from the compound of the Saudi ambassador in Washington, who happens to be his brother, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered strong criticism of Iran and some thoughts about the religious, cultural, and economic upheaval in progress in Saudi Arabia. In one remarkable exchange, MBS recognized the right of Israel to exist – a bold step for any Arab leader, let alone the next guardian of Mecca and Medina.

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China Congratulates Itself for Making ‘Remarkable Progress’ on Human Rights

China’s state-run Xinhua news service brings the joyous news that China’s State Council Information Office has declared China is making “remarkable progress” on human rights. This is a remarkable development, since authoritarian communist dictatorships are usually very critical of themselves.

China's President Xi Jinping (C) arrives to speak on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. World leaders and senior business figures are gathering in the Vietnamese city …

Plano Sued for Allegedly Violating Texas Open Meetings Act

The Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) guarantees the state’s citizens fair, democratic, and open government where their voices are heard, banning local municipalities from hiding public business from the people, which is exactly what one north Texas couple alleges their city officials did in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Collin County District Court.

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WATCH: Students Support Religious Freedom for Muslims, Not Christians

Several students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison admit that Muslims should not be forced by law to do business with Christians. Those same students, however, had a hard time agreeing that Christians or conservative Americans have the right to decline work that conflicts with their conscience or religion.

WATCH: Students Support Religious Freedom for Muslims, Not Christians

Texas Health Center ‘Invites’ Employees Not to Reference ‘Christmas’

A health center in Texas has stirred controversy by sending their employees a memo that told them not to “use references to Christmas” around patients, including any signage. Instead, the CEO said “I invite you” to decorate public areas “in a more inclusive or neutral way.” Recognition of the “winter season,” or “Happy Holidays,” was suggested.

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Texas Pastors Slam Georgia’s Demand to Review Sermon Notes

HOUSTON, Texas — The head of a national and state pastors organization based in Houston said, “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Georgia’s demand is even worse than when the Mayor of Houston demanded 17 different categories of materials, including sermons, from the seven of us.” The pastors say they are outraged about the State of Georgia asking for copies of a pastor’s sermons in litigation there.

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Nepal Arrests American for ‘Preaching Christianity’

Nepalese police have arrested 70-year-old Fomess Dolan, an American national, on the charge of “preaching Christianity to locals with an intention to force them into changing their religion,” according to the Himalayan Times.

Christians attend a protest against the recent killings and atrocities on Christians in Orissa and Karnataka, in New Delhi September 26, 2008. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Petition Against Halal Slaughter Nears 100,000

A petition calling on the government to ban halal and kosher slaughter of animals is well on the way to receiving the 100,000 signatures required to prompt a debate in Parliament on the issue. Halal and kosher slaughter of animals

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