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Religious Leaders Speak on the Awful Costs of War and Poverty

May 20th, 2015

Pope Francis continues his tradition of speaking with pointed candor on urgent issues of the day, this time commenting on the awful costs, and some of the root causes, of war. President Obama headlines a panel at a Georgetown University … Continue reading

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The Unreligion

May 14th, 2015

Atheists win official protection from discrimination in matters of housing and employment in Madison, Wisconsin. Women seem to be coming forward as atheists in greater numbers than ever before. Leaders within atheist movements call for a renewed focus on good … Continue reading

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Commission Monitors World Religious Freedom Except at Home

May 11th, 2015

Among the many groups observing and reporting on religious freedom globally, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) monitors conditions in countries of the world, except at home in the U.S. Created in 1998 by the federal International … Continue reading

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No Religion for French Schools

May 6th, 2015

France enacts laws and regulations regarding secular schools, and some Muslims say that their religion is a special target. Following the awful killings of satirical journalists and Jewish store patrons in Paris in January, many see renewed interest and emphasis … Continue reading

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What Would Woody Guthrie Do?

May 1st, 2015

Big decisions face Americans in the coming year. From the choice of who will be the next president, to budget debates over whether to slash spending that helps families in need while pouring more fuel into the military machine, the … Continue reading

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Former President Jimmy Carter Stands Strong for Equality

April 29th, 2015

A former president had to resign from his faith organization after decades of membership, over a disagreement on the group’s views of women. Wage inequality that persists between women and men in the American workforce, and other mistreatment of women … Continue reading

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Religion in Education

April 22nd, 2015

An educator starts his undergraduate college religion in education courses with an anonymous poll. Students get prompts that they are to answer in any way they want, such as “Muslims are _______” and “Christians are ________” and more. The answers … Continue reading

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Expanding Circles of Connection

April 17th, 2015

As the science of genetic testing advances and the pool of participants who have their DNA on record increases, it becomes more apparent that all people are more closely related than they may have once presumed. As deep space science … Continue reading

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Politicians and Atheists Make Good Use of Scripture

April 16th, 2015

In one of two new books he will be releasing this year, Sen. Paul Rand, R-KY discusses politicians and prayer. Due out Sept. 8, Rand’s book proclaims its purpose in its title, Our Presidents & Their Prayers: Proclamations of Faith … Continue reading

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Doing Unto Others: Helping the homeless

April 9th, 2015

For many modern urban residents, homeless people are an unavoidable, if somewhat troubling, fact of life. Whether holding a cardboard sign proclaiming their situation at the edge of a parking lot or occupying downtown parks or libraries, the unfortunate individuals … Continue reading