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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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Why Religions Work: God’s Place in the World Today

God and religion come in for bad press these days. Is religion worth keeping? Are militant atheists misguided? Do religion and spirituality need each other? Is it possible to build tolerance and respect in a divided world? And can science play a role? Eleanor Stoneham explains why the answer to all these questions is a resounding ‘yes’.

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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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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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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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Peter Laarman to Samuel Rodriguez: Theocratic Agendas and Aging White Men

At Religion Dispatches, Peter Laarman writes a heartfelt open letter, ordained pastor to ordained pastor, to Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the “Hispanic Karl Rove,” as Greg Metzger characterizes him.

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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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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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