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Nov 1, 1477

Sixtus IV (left) published the bill Exigit Sinceras Devotionis Affectus, through which the Inquisition was established in the Kingdom of Castile (Spain).

Nov 1, 2006
A former patient of the UK's best-known expert on transsexualism wanted a sex change in order to fulfill her delusion that she was Jesus. She was detained in a psychiatric hospital just before an operation to remove her breast.

Nov 2, 2001
Three people were hanged in Malaysia for murdering a member of the state assembly in a black-magic ritual.

Nov 2, 2004
Dutch film director and actor Theo Van Gogh (right) was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri.

Nov 3, 2006
New Life Church's Pastor Ted Haggard, takes leave amid allegations of gay sex. Haggard, who backed Amendment 43 to ban gay marriage in Colorado, says he could "not continue to minister under the cloud" of accusations.

Nov 4, 1995
Israel Prime Minister Ytzhak Rabin is assassinated by Yigal Amir, an Israel religious zealotry that deemed the peace accords with the Palestinians against divine law.

Nov 5, 1990
Jewish Defense League founder, Rabbi Meir David Kahane (left), was assassinated in Manhattan. The prime suspect, El Sayyid Nosair, was subsequently acquitted of murder but convicted on gun possession charges.

Nov 6, 2008
More than a thousand gay-rights activists gathered outside the Mormon temple in Westwood to protest the role Mormons played in passing Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

Nov 7, 1917 (Oct 25 old calendar)
The October Revolution in Russia. The Communist take over. It is estimated the some 20 million Christians (18 million Orthodox, 2 million Roman Catholic) died or where interned in gulags under the Soviet regime 2.7 million died under Stalin.
The memorial (left) is made from a boulder from the Solovki camp — the first prison camp in the Gulag system.

Nov 8, 2006
A doctor who allegedly told a woman seeking contraceptive advice to go and see an exorcist, faces a disciplinary hearing. The General Medical Council, which regulates all UK doctors, will investigate allegations that the GP, Joyce Pratt, told the woman that she was under a black magic spell.

Nov 9, 2008
Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks brawl at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, revered as the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
Click on the link for a video.

Nov 11, 1731
The Edict of Expulsion was read publicly in Salzburg. The edict demanding that all Protestants recant their non-Catholic beliefs or be banished. More than 21,000 left in the dead of winter. Many died in the cold.

Nov 12, 2008

Non-burqa wearing school-girls in Afghanistan were sprayed with acid. Update on our blog.

Nov 13, 2007
A Roman Catholic nun pleaded no contest to two counts of indecent behavior with a child in connection with accusations from the 1960s when she was a principal and teacher at a Catholic school in Milwaukee. The complaint said the assaults included intercourse and occurred in numerous locations, including a convent and a classroom.

Nov 13, 1929

Fred Phelps (right), the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, is born. Phelps and his family are notorious for disrupting military funerals with anti-gay protests. He also claims that most natural disasters and terrorist attacks are God's punishment for a society that tolerates homosexuality.
Phelps congregants have also protested dead poets and suicide/murder victims. See our blog.

Nov 14, 2007
A Roman Catholic priest, who worked as a chaplain at a federal prison here, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two female inmates last year.

Nov 15, 2007

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, saying the Democratic Party has been persistently hostile to opponents of abortion rights, asserted yesterday that the support of many Catholics for Democratic candidates "borders on scandal."

Nov 16, 2006
Federal immigration agents arrested imams from two Boston-area mosques on charges they were involved in a scheme that provided religious worker visas to immigrants who used them to enter the United States and work instead as gas station attendants, truck drivers, and factory laborers.

Nov 17, 2006
The Marine Reserves’ Toys for Tots program has decided to accept a donation of Bible-quoting Jesus dolls, reversing course after saying earlier this week that it couldn’t take them.

Nov 18, 1978
Nine hundred and nine Temple members die in Jonestown, Guyana.

Nov 18, 2008
A pig's head has been found stuck to the entrance gate to a Jewish cemetery in eastern Germany next to a cloth with "six million lies" written on it.

Nov 19, 2008
Buddhist monk confesses to rape of British tourist.

Nov 20, 2008
A Roman Catholic priest, convicted of indecent exposure for jogging naked around a track at a high school, was sentenced to five years probation.

Nov 20, 1979
A group of about 200 militants occupied the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia, and later were expelled by Pakistani and French forces (who entered the city with special permission), leaving about 250 dead, and 600 wounded.

Nov 21, 2007
Italian archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled the underground grotto believed to have been worshipped by ancient Romans as the place where a wolf nursed the city's legendary founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus.

Nov 22, 2004
A grilled cheese sandwich that bears the image of the Virgin Mary was sold on eBay to Internet casino GoldenPalace.com for $28,000. Go to our blog to see the Virgin Mary in a tree trunk.

Nov 23, 2007
Tithing -- giving 10% of your income to the church -- is increasingly being challenged. Opponents of tithing say it is a misreading of the Bible, a practice created by man, not God. They say they should be free to donate whatever amount they choose, and they are arguing with pastors, writing letters and quitting congregations in protest.

Nov 24, 1859

Charles Darwin publishes On The Origin of Species. It will be 150 years old in 2009 and it is still drawing fire from religious groups.

Nov 26, 2008
Attack in Mumbai, India.

Nov 27, 1095
Pope Urban II preaches the first Crusade.

Nov 28, 2008
White House officials have apologized for sending out invitations to a Chanukah reception with images of a Christmas tree.

Nov 29, 2008
More than 4,000 British Muslims have passed through terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to security agencies, providing a fertile recruitment pool for the Islamist international jihad.

Nov 29, 2003
Desperate for a son, an Indian couple consulted a practitioner of the ancient spiritual art of tantrism. Acting on the tantrik's instructions, the couple kidnapped a 6-year-old boy. The tantrik led them in chanting mantras while he mutilated and killed the boy.

Nov 30, 2007
Pope Benedict XVI strongly criticized modern-day atheism in a major document released today, saying it had led to some of the "greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice" ever known to mankind. (He needs to read up on the Crusades and the Inquisition.)

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