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The atheist asked if his preference for church bells over the Muslim call to prayer is due to  his cultural upbringing. Fatima Bhutto replied, "No, it’s your bigotry," and a former Winchester Cathedral chorister who finds "muezzin enchanting and profoundly evocative" calls Dawkins' tweet "gratuitously vile" ... ... but rather than apologize, Dawkins doubles down with a reference "to suicide bombers shouting 'Allahu Akhbar' just before blowing themselves up," demonstrating a remarkable inability to distinguish a call to the humble act of prayer from the maniacal ravings of suicidal murders: Many call Donald Trump Putin's puppet but according to Netanyahu the one who pulled his strings on the Iran deal was -- Netanyahu: When she correctly noted that the practice of repeating a declaration of divorce without attempting a reconciliation "is not the form of divorce that exists in the Quran" the Mufti reacted violently ... ... and now another imam wants to silence the discussion that threatens to expose the religious establishment's ignorance of the Qur'an: With the passage of  the "Jewish Nation-State Law" "defining Israel as the exclusive nation-state of the Jewish people and demoting the official status of Arabic" Israel has abandoned any pretense that it is not an apartheid state: Advocates of regime change fail to realize that Iran is run not by clerics, but by bureaucrats: Palestine's U.N. ambassador condemned Israel's refusal "to allow several of the experts to travel from Ramallah to Jerusalem where the U.S. Consulate is located to check on their visas": Her lawyer denies the plea is an attempt to get a "free pass" for entering the mosque armed and "removing fliers and Qur'ans from shelves, bins and bulletin boards"; the  Islamic Community Center of Tempe "declined to comment on the settlement discussions": "Given the difficulty of running Iran under sanctions, Rouhani has no choice but to listen to the Guards" ... ... and if "Trump's 'maximum pressure' campaign succeeds, the volatile and rising gasoline prices that result could finally dent his approval ratings, even among hardline supporters, and spark a global recession": "For two decades, riflery was the only international sport open to Iranian women. Then, in the 1990s, a national soccer league was established.... [Now,a]  new regulation allowing 16-year-olds to train with senior clubs will be a huge aid in preparing Iranian women athletes for the 2022 Olympics":
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