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Pakistani Christians, fearing backlash, flee community after girl is accused of blasphemy
Richard Leiby, The Washington Post

Amid the conflicting claims, this much is certain: As many as 600 Christians have fled their colony bordering the capital, fearing for their lives, officials said, after a mob last week called for the child to be burned to death as a blasphemer.

In the color of money,
 red staters more charitable than blues
Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times

A major survey by the Chronicle of Philanthropy confirms that residents of states that lean Republican and are most religious donate more of their money to charity, while more secular regions — and areas that tend to vote Democrat — give less.

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Why the U.S. Must Oppose Blasphemy Laws — Not Just Their Abuse
Nina Shea, National Review Online

Christians, Ahmadiyyas, Shiites, and Hindu have been disproportionately targeted under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. But moderate and reformist Muslims from the country’s Sunni majority have also been victimized by this very bad law.

German Circumcision Ban Bags First Victim
Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

As the Times of Israel reports, criminal charges have been filed against a rabbi in Northern Bavaria for performing circumcisions.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).