Liberal Bangladeshi blogger killed by machete-wielding attackers

April 8, 2016
Protesters march in Dhaka on November 3, 2015 during a six-hour-long general strike. The strike was held in response to the recent murder of Faysal Arefin, a publisher of books by critics of religious militancy in Bangladesh, as well as the murders of secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years. REUTERS/Ashikur Rahman - RTX1UIBN

(Protesters march in Dhaka on November 3, 2015 in response to the murders of secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years. REUTERS/Ashikur Rahman)

In Switzerland, a handshake wakes cultural clash

April 8, 2016
Swiss Muslims pray in front of the house of parliament during a demonstration in Berne, February 11, 2006. The protesters staged a demonstration on Saturday to protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad printed by Danish and European media. - RTXO8GE

(Swiss Muslims pray in front of the house of parliament during a demonstration in Berne, February 11, 2006. REUTERS)

A pint or a prayer? Monks in Japan put Buddhism on the menu

April 8, 2016
Shokyo Miura, a Buddhist monk and one of the on-site priests, carries cups of coffee past a statue of Buddha at Tera Cafe in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2016. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

(Shokyo Miura, a Buddhist monk and one of the on-site priests, carries cups of coffee past a statue of Buddha at Tera Cafe in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2016. REUTERS/Yuya Shino)

Bernie Sanders accepts Vatican invitation, hopes to meet Pope Francis

April 8, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders waits to talk to reporters in New York City April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

(U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders waits to talk to reporters in New York City April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Pope Francis calls for compassionate Church open to ‘imperfect’ Catholics

April 8, 2016
Pope Francis arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

(Pope Francis arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

from The Great Debate:

Reaping as they sowed: How the culture wars are smiting the GOP

April 8, 2016

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In 2004, Republicans viewed the specter of gay marriage as a political gift from the gods.

Angola jails Christian sect members for up to 28 years over police murders

April 6, 2016
Sect leader Jose Kalupeteka is escorted by police in Huambo, Angola, in this picture taken May 5, 2015. The details of a police raid on April 16 in the remote hills of central Huambo province have been fiercely contested, sharpening the divide between the ruling MPLA and the main opposition party UNITA, who fought on opposing sides in a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002. The Angolan police said 13 "snipers" from "The Light of the World" were killed during a raid targeted at capturing Kalupeteka, a popular anti-authority preacher who says the world will end on Dec. 31.  REUTERS/Herculano Coroado - RTX1BS9M

(Sect leader Jose Kalupeteka is escorted by police in Huambo, Angola, in this picture taken May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Herculano Coroado)

Pope Francis to visit Greece to highlight refugee crisis with Orthodox Patriarch – govt

April 6, 2016
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (R) leave after an Ecumenical Prayer in the Patriarchal Church of Saint George in Istanbul November 29, 2014. Pope Francis began a visit to Turkey on Friday with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY  - Tags: RELIGION)   - RTR4G2H7

(Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (R)  in Istanbul November 29, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

Calls to veto Tennessee bill making the Bible ‘official state book’

April 6, 2016
(The beginning verses of the Gospel of John, from a facsimile edition of William Tyndale's 1525 English translation of the New Testament, 4 May 2009/Kevin Rawlings )

(The Gospel of John in a facsimile edition of William Tyndale’s 1525 English translation of the New Testament, 4 May 2009/Kevin Rawlings )

Indian women barred from temple despite court order vow to keep fighting

April 5, 2016
devotees inside a temple watch Hindu holymen as they await the auspicious moment before bathing at Kumbh Mela (sacred Hindu pilgrimage) at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik district, 180 km (112 miles) northeast of Bombay. REUTERS/Sherwin Crasto

(Devotees inside a temple watch Hindu holymen as they await the auspicious moment before bathing at Kumbh Mela (sacred Hindu pilgrimage) at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik district, 180 km (112 miles) northeast of Bombay. REUTERS/Sherwin Crasto)