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Reports of hate crimes continue to rise

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/14/18, 10:10 am

Reports of crimes motivated by racial, religious, sexual, and other prejudices spiked across the United States by 17 percent in 2017, rising for the third straight year, with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic crimes, according to an FBI report released Tuesday. Some of the increases might be the result of better reporting by police departments, but law enforcement officials say they don’t doubt hate crimes are on the rise. A little more than two weeks ago, an anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant gunman killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue as they gathered for Saturday services.

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Classic audiobooks

by Emily Whitten
Posted 11/09/18, 07:01 am

The Fellowship of the Ring

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Silenced speech

Religion | Europe’s court further chills already muted Christian expression
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/08/18, 03:42 pm

We may think of Europe as largely a democratic continent and the seedbed for U.S. law and government. But a recent landmark case in Europe shows just how far Western jurisprudence is divided—or should be—by the Atlantic Ocean.

The European Court of Human Rights last month found an Austrian guilty of “disparaging religious doctrine” and fined her under Austria’s blasphemy law, Section 188 of its criminal code. 

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