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The Burning Times

By Bob Chaundy (BBC, October 30, 2009) London, UK – Witches remain a significant cultural presence centuries after thousands of women, and men, accused of sorcery were burned at the stake. But what caused the craze for burning witches, and why did it stop?

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Lutheran Church Elects First Female Leader

Berlin, Germany – Germany’s Lutheran Church has elected a woman to lead the nation’s Protestants for the first time in its history.

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Focus of Gay-Marriage Fight Is Maine

By Abby Goodnough,  The New York Times.  Less than a week before Maine voters decide whether to repeal the state’s new same-sex marriage law, donations and volunteers are pouring in to sway what both sides call a nationally significant fight.  Supporters of the marriage law, which the Legislature approved in May, have far more money and ground troops than opponents, who have been led by the Roman Catholic Church. Yet most polls show the two sides neck and neck, suggesting that gay couples here, as in California last year, could lose the right to marry just six months after they gained it.

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Obama – We Will Rebuild This Region

New Orleans – President Barack Obama jetted to this hurricane battered city Thursday to deliver a fiery call to action, vowing to rebuild to the Gulf Coast area as a boisterous crowd chanted “yes we can!”

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Italian scientist reproduces Shroud of Turin

ROME (Reuters) – An Italian scientist says he has reproduced the Shroud of Turin, a feat that he says proves definitively that the linen some Christians revere as Jesus Christ’s burial cloth is a medieval fake.

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U.S. religious conservatives and progressives profiled

Reuters.com  The first ever comparative surveys of U.S. conservative and progressive (or liberal) religious activists has just been published by the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron and Public Religion Research.

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Unregulated Capitalism and Christian Fervor: Report from the 9/12 Rally at the Capitol

By Lauri Lebo.  ReligionDispatches.org   Comparing Obama to Hitler and Al Qaeda, and claiming to be agents of God, protesters in Washington-supported by a coalition of conservative Christian groups, as well as pharmaceutical lobbyists-raise the bar on unreasonable discourse.

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Is Barack Obama a “Fierce Advocate” For Gays or Just Pragmatist-in-Chief?

The Obama administration has gone from indifference to actively promoting religious opposition to the civil rights of gay Americans, comparing same-sex marriage to incest and pedophilia. Only when “pink dollars” were pulled did the president approach the …

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