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In this Thursday, June 14, 2018, file photo, a Chinese national flag at Tiananmen Square flutters against the capital city tallest skyscraper China Zun Tower under construction at the Central Business District in Beijing. China has threatened "comprehensive measures" in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's new tariff hike, raising …

China Forces All Religious Buildings to Fly Communist Flag

China’s state-run newspaper Global Times derided critics in the West Thursday for condemning a new initiative forcing all religious buildings to fly China’s red flag as a means to “enhance the concept of nation.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sparked outrage on a recent trip to South Korea by kissing a woman on the lips during an event

Duterte’s Poll Numbers Crash After ‘God Is Stupid’ Tirade

The question of whether Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity could survive anything the colorful chief executive says appears to have been answered, as a survey by independent pollster Social Weather Stations published on Tuesday found Duterte sinking to his lowest approval rating since he assumed the office in 2016.

A priest marks the forehead of a worshipper with ash during the Ash Wednesday mass

China Brainwashing Priests at ‘Patriotic’ Training Courses

The Chinese Communist Party, under Xi Jinping, has expanded its religious crackdown on Islam and Christianity to Taoism. In a column Friday, the Global Times cites a “patriotic” Taoist priest who insists the native Chinese religion is not Chinese enough without “core socialist values.”

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Pew: Religion Sharply Divides Democrats Along Racial Lines

The notorious divide between Republicans and Democrats on the issue of religion is actually between Republicans and white Democrats, a new Pew Research Center study reveals, with non-white Democrats more closely resembling the GOP in matters of faith and practice.

In this Saturday, March 31, 2018, file photo, Chinese Bishop Joseph Li Shan, center, walks down the aisle during a Holy Saturday Mass on the evening before Easter at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a government-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing. China says restricting the Vatican’s control over the appointment …

China Extends Religious Crackdown to Assemblies of Foreign Citizens

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported Wednesday that the nation’s religious regulation agency has drafted new rules to “protect foreigners’ religious beliefs” by demanding they rigorously detail their religious activity in the country when participating in “group religious activities.”

Passover Seder (Joe Raedle / Getty)

Pollak: American History, the Passover Way

Imagine if we Americans learned, and taught, our history not as something that happened in the past, but as an experience that we ourselves had lived through.

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Pakistan’s High Court: Not Identifying Religious Faith Is ‘Betraying the State’

A top court in Pakistan recently issued a verdict that deems citizens who refuse to identify their religious faith guilty of “betraying the State” and “exploiting the Constitution,” which has established Islam as the country’s religion and the Quran as a collection of guiding principles behind all laws in the nation.

Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Agency

U.S. Withholds Another $45 Million From U.N.’s Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Agency

TEL AVIV — The Trump administration is for now withholding $45 million it pledged last month to the Palestinians as part of a “West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal” led by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which ministers to so-called Palestinian refugees, the U.S. State Department told reporters on Thursday.

Sutherland Springs church shooting

Lefty Twitter Mocks Prayer after 26 Killed in Texas Church

Texans faced the greatest mass murder in the state’s history on Sunday as an atheist gunman killed 26 people in a church. Liberal social media users wasted little time to mock prayer, Christians, and Republicans in response.