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168 children killed in drone strikes in Pakistan since start of campaign

As many as 168 children have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan during the past seven years as the CIA has intensified its secret programme against militants along the Afghan border. In an extensive analysis of …

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Re-Thinking the “Wonders” of Christmas

A Christmas Requiem for Sandy Hook

Note:  this Christmas Commentary is written in the context of the holiday observance, and as a requiem for the slaughter of the innocents at a place now known to us all as Sandy Hook. A pdf version to …

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Diana Butler Bass- Extended Interview


“I think that people who are leaving church, or people who call themselves spiritual but not religious, are raising really significant questions about faith, about community life and about the future of religion that religious leaders should …

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Twelve men to be executed by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay

An extremist Salafist militia in Libya captured twelve men promising to mutilate and kill them for allegedly being gay

Twelve men face mutilation and execution for allegedly being gay after they have been captured by an extremist Libyan Islamist militia. The twelve men were, apprently, having a private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of Tripoli, …

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Let My Preachers Endorse: A Modest Church-State Proposal

This past Wednesday the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit against IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman for allowing churches to endorse candidates while remaining tax exempt. According to the FFRF, this “constitutes preferential treatment to churches and religious organizations …

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Israel, Gaza Ceasefire Reached after Week of Israeli Terror

The Israel/Gaza ceasefire has officially commenced. There have been no explosions since the official ceasefire starting point at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT), but low flying drones can still be heard flying overhead in Gaza. Agence …

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Diocese says parish must hold separate Communion services

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond has told the nation’s only blended Catholic and Episcopal parish it must change its worship services so Catholics and non-Catholics meet in separate rooms for Holy Communion. The parish, Church of …

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South Carolina Episcopalians break away from U.S. church

(Reuters) – A majority of parishes in the conservative Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina voted on Saturday to leave the U.S. Episcopal Church over disagreements on issues including the national church’s ordination of gay clergy and acceptance …

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New Congress more religiously diverse, less Protestant

Three Buddhists, a Hindu and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. When the new Congress is …

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Savita Halappanavar’s Heartbreaking Death

News of Savita Halappanavar’s agonizing death in an Irish hospital from septicemia and E. Coli infection is all over the internet, and thank goodness, most people are heartbroken and angry. Everything about her death is heartbreaking and angering: the …

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Barnesville teen denied Catholic confirmation after Facebook post supporting gay marriage

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – If you want to be a Catholic, you have to be 100 percent Catholic.

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – If you want to be a Catholic, you have to be 100 percent Catholic. That’s the lesson one family here learned after their 17-year-old son was denied confirmation after the priest at the Assumption …

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On The Silence Of ‘The Lamb’s Agenda’: An Open Letter to Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

Dear Rev. Rodriguez, I hope this finds you well. Some friends made me aware of your statement on the reelection of President Obama. I read it through multiple times, and each time I tried to put my metaphorical finger …

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With Petraeus, echoes of that other warrior David

(RNS) It’s tempting to view the sex scandal surrounding retired Army Gen. David Petraeus through a religious lens. After all, most faiths forbid adultery, and even before his fall from grace, some Pentagon colleagues compared Petraeus to …

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USD faculty declare no confidence in university president after fellowship cancellation

Almost 100 faculty members at the University of San Diego have declared a loss of confidence in their president’s leadership, saying her cancellation of a British theologian’s visiting fellowship and her response to criticism of the move …

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50% of Jewish Groups Have Gay-Friendly Policy

Organizations Seek To Include LGBT Community: Report

A new survey of Jewish communal organizations found that 50 percent of them have taken significant steps to welcome gays and lesbians and their families. The Jewish Organization Equality Index provides benchmarks for gauging and improving policies …

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Oregon may be next state for gay marriage ballot battle

PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Three states made history Tuesday (Nov. 6) voting to approve same-sex marriage, and a fourth repudiated an attempt to ban it. Oregon, once known as a trailblazer for progressive causes, wasn’t among them. But …

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Climate Change’s ‘Terrifying Math’ Coming to City Near You launches national tour that takes direct aim at fossil fuel industry

Less the 24 hours after Barack Obama won his reelection campaign on Tuesday, a new kind of campaign was launching in a sold out auditorium in downtown Seattle. For the climate activists at, it didn’t necessarily …

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