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              Nepalese policemen rush as a Tibetan monk burns after he set himself on fire in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. The Tibetan monk doused himself with gasoline and set himself

    Nepalese policemen rush as a Tibetan monk burns after he set himself on fire in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. The Tibetan monk doused himself with gasoline and set himself

    Posted: 2/14/2013 1:43:19 AM EST
    Nepalese policemen rush as a Tibetan monk burns after he set himself on fire in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. The Tibetan monk doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire in Nepal's capital Wednesday in what is believed to be the latest self-immolation to protest Chinese rule in Tibet. The dramatic protest marked the 101st time since 2009 that a Tibetan monk, nun or layperson has set themselves on fire, according to officials from the Tibetan exile government, based in India. The protesters are calling for Beijing to allow greater religious freedom and the return from exile of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who lives in India. (AP Photo)
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              FILE - In this May 15, 2012 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks in Bethesda, Md. The legal challenges over religious freedom and  the birth control

    FILE - In this May 15, 2012 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks in Bethesda, Md. The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control

    Posted: 1/26/2013 5:03:17 PM EST
    FILE - In this May 15, 2012 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks in Bethesda, Md. The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed by faith-affiliated charities, hospitals and universities, against the mandate which requires employers to provide insurance that covers contraception for free. However, many for-profit business owners are also suing, claiming a violation of their religious beliefs. The religious lawsuits have largely stalled, as the Department of Health and Human Services tries to develop an accommodation for faith groups. However, no such offer will be made to individual business owners. And their lawsuits are yielding conflicting rulings in appeals courts around the country. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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              FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services  Secretary Kathleen Sebelius leave the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Was

    FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius leave the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Was

    Posted: 1/26/2013 5:03:17 PM EST
    FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius leave the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, after the president announced the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for birth control. The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in Obama’s health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed by faith-affiliated charities, hospitals and universities, against the mandate which requires employers to provide insurance that covers contraception for free. However, many for-profit business owners are also suing, claiming a violation of their religious beliefs. The religious lawsuits have largely stalled, as the Department of Health and Human Services tries to develop an accommodation for faith groups. However, no such offer will be made to individual business owners. And their lawsuits are yielding conflicting rulings in appeals courts around the country. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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              FILE - This  undated file photo obtained from a religious school where he studied for five months in Bannu, near Islamabad, Pakistan shows American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lind

    FILE - This undated file photo obtained from a religious school where he studied for five months in Bannu, near Islamabad, Pakistan shows American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lind

    Posted: 1/11/2013 6:33:29 PM EST
    FILE - This undated file photo obtained from a religious school where he studied for five months in Bannu, near Islamabad, Pakistan shows American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh. A U.S. judge on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 ruled that the convicted Taliban fighter should be allowed to pray daily in a group with other Muslim inmates at their high-security prison in Indiana. The judge ruled that the prison was violating Lindh's and other Muslim inmates' religious freedom by banning them from engaging in daily ritual prayer. (AP Photo/File)
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              Customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Dallas on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 to block a

    Customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Dallas on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 to block a

    Posted: 11/1/2012 5:18:30 PM EST
    Customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Dallas on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 to block a portion of the new federal health care law, claiming that mandated coverage for certain birth control violates its religious freedom rights. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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              Customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Dallas on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 to block a

    Customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Dallas on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 to block a

    Posted: 11/1/2012 5:18:30 PM EST
    Customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Dallas on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 to block a portion of the new federal health care law, claiming that mandated coverage for certain birth control violates its religious freedom rights. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  •  - Christians attend Sunday Mass to celebrate Malaysia Day at a church in Tambunan

    Christians attend Sunday Mass to celebrate Malaysia Day at a church in Tambunan

    Posted: 10/7/2012 6:26:16 PM EST
    Christians attend Sunday Mass to celebrate Malaysia Day at a church in Tambunan September 16, 2012. With a general election due within seven months, the 13-party ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is banking on Sabah and neighbouring Sarawak state on Borneo island to prolong its 55-year grip on power. The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship held prayer meetings across the country for Malaysia Day on September 16 - a holiday marking Sabah and Sarawak's entry into Malaysia 49 years ago. The Borneo states agreed to join Malaysia on condition that religious freedom as well as the protection of native lands and cultures were guaranteed. Picture taken September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
  •  - Girl recites a prayer during Malaysia Day celebrations at a church in Tambunan

    Girl recites a prayer during Malaysia Day celebrations at a church in Tambunan

    Posted: 10/7/2012 5:14:02 PM EST
    Florina Stephen, 11, recites a prayer during Malaysia Day celebrations at a church in Tambunan September 16, 2012. With a general election due within seven months, the 13-party ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is banking on Sabah and neighbouring Sarawak state on Borneo island to prolong its 55-year grip on power. The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship held prayer meetings across the country for Malaysia Day on September 16 - a holiday marking Sabah and Sarawak's entry into Malaysia 49 years ago. The Borneo states agreed to join Malaysia on condition that religious freedom as well as the protection of native lands and cultures were guaranteed. Picture taken September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
  •  - Sabah Christians walk during a procession ahead of Sunday Mass to celebrate Malaysia Day in Tambunan

    Sabah Christians walk during a procession ahead of Sunday Mass to celebrate Malaysia Day in Tambunan

    Posted: 10/7/2012 5:14:02 PM EST
    Sabah Christians walk during a procession ahead of Sunday Mass to celebrate Malaysia Day in Tambunan September 16, 2012. With a general election due within seven months, the 13-party ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is banking on Sabah and neighbouring Sarawak state on Borneo island to prolong its 55-year grip on power. The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship held prayer meetings across the country for Malaysia Day on September 16 - a holiday marking Sabah and Sarawak's entry into Malaysia 49 years ago. The Borneo states agreed to join Malaysia on condition that religious freedom as well as the protection of native lands and cultures were guaranteed. Picture taken September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
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              FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2011 file photo, armed member of Chinese Special Police Corps stand guard near the site of Sunday's attack in Kashgar in China's far-western Xinjiang Uygur Autono

    FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2011 file photo, armed member of Chinese Special Police Corps stand guard near the site of Sunday's attack in Kashgar in China's far-western Xinjiang Uygur Autono

    Posted: 7/31/2012 6:03:17 AM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2011 file photo, armed member of Chinese Special Police Corps stand guard near the site of Sunday's attack in Kashgar in China's far-western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The U.S. State Department report released Monday, July 30, 2012, highlighted what it said was a lack of religious freedom in China as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and North Korea. It said there had been "a marked deterioration during 2011 in the government's respect for and protection of religious freedom" in China, and that there was "severe" repression of religious freedom in Tibetan areas and the far western region of Xinjiang, home to a significant number of Muslims. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, FRANCE, HONG KONG, JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA
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              FILE - In this file image taken from Nov. 11, 2011 video footage released by Students For A Free Tibet via AP video purports to show Buddhist nun Palden Choetso engulfed in flames in he

    FILE - In this file image taken from Nov. 11, 2011 video footage released by Students For A Free Tibet via AP video purports to show Buddhist nun Palden Choetso engulfed in flames in he

    Posted: 7/31/2012 6:03:17 AM EST
    FILE - In this file image taken from Nov. 11, 2011 video footage released by Students For A Free Tibet via AP video purports to show Buddhist nun Palden Choetso engulfed in flames in her self-immolation protest against Chinese rule on a street in Tawu, Tibetan Ganzi prefecture, in China's Sichuan Province. The U.S. State Department report released Monday, July 30,2012, highlighted what it said was a lack of religious freedom in China as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and North Korea. It said there had been "a marked deterioration during 2011 in the government's respect for and protection of religious freedom" in China, and that there was "severe" repression of religious freedom in Tibetan areas and the far western region of Xinjiang, home to a significant number of Muslims. (AP Photo/Students For A Free Tibet via AP video, File)
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    Posted: 4/17/2012 3:25:47 PM EST
    In this Friday, March 23, 2012 photo, Pat Denzer holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution to his chest as he attend a Religious Freedom protest in downtown San Antonio. Following the tide-turning elections of 2010, when the tea party revolution sent new conservatives to governors' mansions, statehouses and, of course, Congress, what's the group's role now? The tea party has changed, but it's very much alive. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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    Posted: 3/26/2012 12:00:48 PM EST
    Protesters stand outside the Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse Friday, March 23, 2012 in Phoenix. during the Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally. The rally is part of a nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom which is a reaction against the Obama Administration?s HHS mandate that will obligate Catholic organizations to provide contraceptive services to their employees. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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    Posted: 11/15/2011 5:15:55 PM EST
    Bishop William Lori, of Bridgeport, Conn., speaks on religious freedom at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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    Posted: 10/19/2011 4:00:47 AM EST
    A Tibetan exile monk holds his head as he sits among other monks during a daylong hunger strike in New Delhi, India, to express solidarity with the plight of the people in Tibet Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. A Tibetan nun calling for greater religious freedom died after setting herself on fire in western China, the latest in a series of self-immolations among the region's Buddhist clergy, an advocacy group said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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    Posted: 6/12/2011 12:07:01 AM EST
    FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 file picture, Westboro Baptist Church member Jacob Phelps of Topeka, Kan. holds signs in front of the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments in the dispute between Albert Snyder of York, Pa., and members of the Westboro Baptist Church. The case pits Snyder's right to grieve privately against the church members' right to say what they want, no matter how offensive. The American Civil Liberties Union's national gay rights project battles aggressively against anti-gay discrimination, but, as a longtime defender of free speech, the ACLU also is expected to intervene sometimes on behalf of anti-gay expression. The ACLU pressed a lawsuit on behalf of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church, which has outraged mourning communities by picketing service members' funerals with crudely worded signs condemning homosexuality. The ACLU said the Missouri state law banning such picketing infringes on religious freedom and free speech. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  •  - Francois Delattre, French Ambassador to the United States, listens as Rabbi Arthur Schneier speaks after receiving the Officer of the Legion of Honor at the French Consulate in New York

    Francois Delattre, French Ambassador to the United States, listens as Rabbi Arthur Schneier speaks after receiving the Officer of the Legion of Honor at the French Consulate in New York

    Posted: 5/13/2011 1:10:27 PM EST
    Francois Delattre (R), French Ambassador to the United States, listens as Rabbi Arthur Schneier, founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and Senior Rabbi of the Park East Synagogue, speaks after receiving the Officer of the Legion of Honor, the most prestigious award given by the French government, at the French Consulate in New York, May 12, 2011. The award recognizes Rabbi Schneier's role as a spiritual leader and an advocate for religious freedom and human rights. Picture taken May 12. REUTERS/Diane Bondareff/Appeal of Conscience Foundation/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
  •  - Francois Delattre, French Ambassador to the United States, presents Rabbi Arthur Schneier with the Officer of the Legion of Honor at the French Consulate in New York

    Francois Delattre, French Ambassador to the United States, presents Rabbi Arthur Schneier with the Officer of the Legion of Honor at the French Consulate in New York

    Posted: 5/13/2011 1:09:53 PM EST
    Francois Delattre (R), French Ambassador to the United States, presents Rabbi Arthur Schneier, founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and Senior Rabbi of the Park East Synagogue, with the Officer of the Legion of Honor, the most prestigious award given by the French government at the French Consulate in New York, May 12, 2011. The award recognizes Rabbi Schneier's role as a spiritual leader and an advocate for religious freedom and human rights. Picture taken May 12. REUTERS/Diane Bondareff/Appeal of Conscience Foundation/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
  •  - File picture shows Christians attending a Sunday service at Shouwang Church in Beijing's Haidian district

    File picture shows Christians attending a Sunday service at Shouwang Church in Beijing's Haidian district

    Posted: 5/12/2011 5:35:20 AM EST
    Christians attend a Sunday service at Shouwang Church in Beijing's Haidian district, in this October 3, 2010 file photo. Seventeen churches in China have appealed to China's lawmakers to provide legal protection of religious freedom after police detained dozens of Christians from the Beijing church that has been trying to hold outdoor services. The petition, delivered on May 11, 2011, by hand to the National People's Congress -- China's rubber-stamp parliament -- was the first of its kind and the boldest statement by the nation's "house churches" to the central government. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files (CHINA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
  •  - File picture shows members of the Shouwang Church choir singing hymns during a Sunday service in Beijing's Haidian district

    File picture shows members of the Shouwang Church choir singing hymns during a Sunday service in Beijing's Haidian district

    Posted: 5/12/2011 5:33:58 AM EST
    Members of the Shouwang Church choir sing hymns during a Sunday service in Beijing's Haidian district, in this October 3, 2010 file photo. Seventeen churches in China have appealed to China's lawmakers to provide legal protection of religious freedom after police detained dozens of Christians from the Beijing church that has been trying to hold outdoor services. The petition, delivered on May 11, 2011, by hand to the National People's Congress -- China's rubber-stamp parliament -- was the first of its kind and the boldest statement by the nation's "house churches" to the central government. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files (CHINA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)