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First Church of Cannabis approved, tests IN religious freedom law

Indianapolis - The First Church of Cannabis Inc., has been approved by the Indiana secretary of state after the passage of the religious freedom act last week. This begs the question: Will the church's motto be "Praise the Lord and pass the pot?"

Bill introduced to force Air Force Academy cadets to swear to God

Washington - A Republican US congressman has introduced a bill that would force cadets at the United States Air Force Academy to acknowledge and swear an oath to the Abrahamic deity figure 'God.'

Six arrested after Synagogue attack in London

London - Six people were arrested early Sunday morning after the group stormed a Synagogue in Stamford Hill in London, attacking worshipers and vandalizing the building.

Scores killed in attacks on two mosques in Yemen

Sanaa - Bombers tentatively linked to the Islamic State fighters marauding through eastern Iraq and western Syria killed more than a hundred worshipers Friday in attacks on two mosques in Yemen.

San Francisco church removes sprinklers soaking homeless

San Francisco - Outdoor sprinklers installed outside a San Francisco cathedral to discourage homeless people from sleeping there have been removed, church officials said Wednesday.

Rare 350-year-old edition of the Tanach finds its 'twin' in Haifa

A rare, 338-year-old copy of the Tanakh (Old Testament) has been reunited with its twin in the Rare Books Department of Israel's Haifa University. The story of its circuitous journey to reach Israel and its twin is a story worth the telling.

San Francisco cathedral uses water to repel sleeping homeless

San Francisco - San Francisco's main Roman Catholic cathedral has installed a 'watering system' for homeless people seeking refuge in its doorway—not to quench their thirst, but rather to drench them as they sleep in a controversial effort to repel them.

U.S. Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

The largest body of Presbyterians in the United States has voted to change the definition of marriage in the church's constitution to allow same-sex marriage.

Tibetans celebrate Monlam Prayer Festival

Lhasa - Tibetans celebrated the Monlam Prayer Festival, one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Tibet, attracting thousands of devout Buddhists and curious tourists.

New Hindu temple set to open in Indianapolis

Indianapolis - A new temple being built will be formally established and opened to public on June 3, in Indianapolis, after an elaborate ceremony called the Maha Kumbhabhishekam.

China wants a say in the Dalai Lama's reincarnation

China and the Dalai Lama have historically never seen eye-to-eye on most issues, and a gathering in Beijing now reveals one more thing the two sides can't agree on — the Dalai Lama's reincarnation.

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