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Michael Winter is an author at Religion News Service.

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Buddha statue reveals remains of mummified monk inside

By Michael Winter — February 24, 2015
(RNS) The mummy inside the gold-painted papier-mache statue is believed to be that of Liuquan, a Buddhist master of the Chinese Meditation School who died around the year 1100.

Turkish official: Women shouldn’t laugh in public

By Michael Winter — July 30, 2014
(RNS) Many Turkish women were doubled over with laughter Tuesday (July 29) after their country's deputy leader said in a speech assailing "moral corruption" that women should not laugh in public and should not talk on their mobile phones so much.

Utah to appeal gay marriage case to Supreme Court

By Michael Winter — July 10, 2014
(RNS) Attorney General Sean Reyes decided to leapfrog the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel last month upheld a lower-court ruling and declared that the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process extend to gay men and lesbians who want to marry.

Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

By Michael Winter — June 9, 2014
(RNS) Seven couples filed the suit, arguing that a state constitutional amendment approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2004 violates the equal-protection and due-process guarantees of the U.S. Constitution.

UPDATED: Gunman identified as Aaron R. Ybarra after fatal shooting at Seattle Pacific University

By Michael Winter — June 5, 2014
(RNS) A wounded man in his 20s was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center about 90 minutes after the shootings at Seattle Pacific University, an evangelical Christian school north of downtown, at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family

By Michael Winter — May 28, 2014
(RNS) Every year, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Pakistani women are killed by their families for actual or imagined adultery or premarital sex. Public stoning is rare, however.

Indonesian woman gang-raped, faces caning for adultery

By Michael Winter — May 8, 2014
(RNS) Islamic religious police in Indonesia plan to publicly flog a 25-year-old widow and a married man for adultery after vigilantes gang-raped her as punishment for having extramarital sex, according to media reports.

Fla. man gets prison for abortion-pill miscarriage

By Michael Winter — January 28, 2014
(RNS) The son of a Florida fertility doctor was sentenced Monday (Jan. 27) to nearly 14 years in federal prison for duping his pregnant girlfriend into taking medication that caused her to abort her 6-week-old fetus.

Federal judge strikes down Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban

By Michael Winter — January 15, 2014
(RNS) The judge ruled that a restriction approved by the state's voters in 2004 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Woman charged with paint vandalism at Washington National Cathedral

By Michael Winter — July 30, 2013
(RNS) A 58-year-old woman was arrested after two chapels in the Washington National Cathedral were defaced with green paint Monday (July 29) afternoon.

Conservative moms slam Kraft over naked ‘Zesty Guy’

By Michael Winter — June 18, 2013
(RNS) The "Shame on Kraft" campaign by One Million Moms, an arm of the American Family Association, goes after the nearly naked "Zesty Guy" in the latest Zesty Italian salad dressing ad.

Calif. man accused of raping woman he met on Christian dating site

By Michael Winter — February 19, 2013
(RNS) California police are investigating whether a Navy veteran charged with raping a woman he met on a Christian dating site may have used different aliases to arrange other meetings as he traveled across the country.

N.M. bill would prevent abortions after rape as ‘evidence tampering’

By Michael Winter — January 25, 2013
(RNS) A New Mexico lawmaker has drawn fire for proposing legislation to classify an abortion after a sexual assault as "tampering with evidence."
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