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Interview with ‘ground zero mosque’ spokesman

The leaders of the proposed Islamic community center and mosque near New York’s ground zero are addressing their critics by vowing to be open and transparent as the project progresses.

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Canadians Not Surprised at Enbridge Oil Spill in Michigan

Canadians familiar with North America’s largest oil pipeline operation, Enbridge Inc., say they are not surprised that the company has spilled oil again.

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Calling Out the Hatemongers

Progressive faith activists are on the march this summer, challenging the misperceived monopoly of conservatives who for far too long have tried to establish themselves as the sole guardians of faith, morality, and values.

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Many Haitians still homeless more than six months after quake

“Our government is incapable of getting us out of this situation,” Nicholas said. “I hope the international community can keep our hope alive, because it’s fading.”

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Same-Sex Marriage Inches Toward High Court

A federal court in Boston ruled last week that same-sex married couples deserve federal recognition. That case, along with another in California, is likely to move the battle closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Water as Human Right Threatens to Split World Body

UNITED NATIONS – A long outstanding proposal to recognize the right to water as a basic universal human right is threatening to split the world’s rich and poor nations.

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Lord have mercy

Mercy is the missing factor in our ever-stranger political debates about immigration, health care, joblessness, financial reform and local government budgets. A nation founded on mercy — as shown in religious tolerance, in a Bill of Rights, in a Civil War fought to end slavery, in an open door to “huddled masses” and in the Marshall Plan — seems to have decided that mercy is no longer affordable. Or even necessary.

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A Comedy Writer Confronts

An atheist South Park writer investigates the Lord’s Resistance Army and emerges with some unlikely heroes…

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Anthropologist is seeing a higher number of bodies found in desert

Every year for the past decade, more than 200 suspected illegal immigrants have died crossing the U.S.-Mexican border into Arizona. That’s roughly half of all such immigrants who die in the U.S., according to the U.S. Border Patrol and a 2009 American Civil Liberties Union study.
Anderson’s job is to get their bodies – or what is left of them – back to their families.

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Beyond the God Gap

We live in a new era, marked by an aging and declining Christian right that is increasingly eclipsed by the Tea Party, a nascent but growing chorus of diverse progressive religious voices, and a broadening of political agendas among many people of faith. Maybe it’s time to rethink our assumptions about religious Americans and public policy.

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Soccer and the Sublime in the Shadow of Apartheid

Any student of theology can fall in love with the World Cup. And every four years, football fans like me annoy everyone around them by speaking endlessly of the World Cup as the most momentous of religious events.

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Obama’s Religion Ambassador: Inexperienced?

President Obama’s recent announcement of his intent to nominate the Rev. Dr. Suzan D. Johnson Cook, or Dr. Sujay, as she is known on the “circuit,” as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, was soft news in a busy news week. But despite the lack of attention to what should be a critical diplomatic post, the nomination speaks volumes about the President’s proclivity for flash rather than substance in religious matters.

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Claremont seminary reaches beyond Christianity

In a bow to the growing diversity of America’s religious landscape, the Claremont School of Theology, a Christian institution with long ties to the Methodist Church, will add clerical training for Muslims and Jews to its curriculum this fall, to become, in a sense, the first truly multi-faith American seminary.

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Obama’s Oil-Soaked Prayers

The truth is, we did not get to this place overnight, or sixty days ago when this started. We arrived at this point of helplessness when technology began to overrun our ability to put it within the context of our moral and religious foundations.

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CNN Producer: Audiences Want Religion News, but Journalists Reluctant to Cover it

Marrapodi maintains that audiences have always wanted more religion news, but mainstream journalists are sometimes reluctant to cover it as an issue in and of itself.

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Is God Irrelevant?

Growing numbers of people don’t particularly care whether or not there are gods since, even if there are, they don’t seem able to do anything in our world. If they’re omnipotent, they appear to be indifferent to the small and large-scale wars, tragedies, and slaughters around us. If they’re impotent, who needs them?

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If World Governments Will Not Confront Israel, What Path Should Civil Society Take?

UNITED NATIONS – If, as expected, the U.N. Security Council remains politically impotent and refuses to penalise Israel for the killings of nine pro-Palestinian civilians on a ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, what is the next course of action?

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Remembering What Blood Has Bought

 On a cold and overcast May morning, I rode the commuter line from Gare St. Lazare in Paris to Suresnes-Mont Valerien and made the short, steep walk from the train station to the gates of Suresnes American Cemetery. Suresnes is one of twenty-three overseas military cemeteries…

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