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Romney appeals to evangelicals through shared `Judeo-Christian’ values

(RNS) Mitt Romney angered evangelicals during his first White House run in 2008 by blurring the theological lines between their faith and his Mormonism. Lurching in the other direction, he irked them again by rarely mentioning religion …

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Bill Nye: Creationism Threatens U.S. Science

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The man known to a generation of Americans as “The Science Guy” is condemning efforts by some Christian groups to cast doubts on evolution and lawmakers who want to bring the Bible into science …

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David Twede, Mormon Blogger, May Face Excommunication For Criticism

A Florida-based Mormon blogger has said he is facing discipline and possible excommunication by church officials over posts they perceive to be anti-Mormon. David Twede’s posts offer his account of the history of the church’s political involvement, …

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Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Widow’s Challenge to DOMA

NEW YORK – September 27 – The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unfairly forced Edith “Edie” Windsor to pay more than $360,000 in federal estate tax after the death of her spouse, Thea Spyer, that she would …

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Who Would Jesus Marry?

Newly discovered papyrus fragment is not historical evidence of Jesus’ marital status—but it reminds us that the status of women in the church has been subject to a lot of flim-flammery

Into that fraught landscape came the news earlier this week that Karen L. King, a Harvard Divinity School church historian and expert on the controversial biblical figure, Mary Magdalene, had been given access to a papyrus fragment held by a private collector.

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New Yorkers Rush By As Embattled Anti-Jihad Ads Hit The Subway

Starting today, New York commuters are passing controversial new ads equating radical Muslims with “savages.” New York’s Metro Transit Authority posted the ads in 10 subway stations today after a losing a legal battle with the pro-Israel …

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Obama at the U.N.: A new religion doctrine

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Tuesday (Sept. 25) gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world’s assumptions about free speech and religion. Here are five points from his address, …

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Brian McLaren Leads Commitment Ceremony At Son’s Same-Sex Wedding

McLaren family wedding ceremony included

Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian and a prominent Christian speaker, led a non-traditional marriage commitment ceremony this weekend, according to The New York Times. Held at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this ceremony included “traditional …

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Mich. rally against anti-Islam film urges peace

DEARBORN — Sending a message of peace and unity, hundreds of people rallied Friday afternoon on the steps of Michigan’s largest mosque to protest the anti-Islam film that has sparked violence around the world. Under a banner …

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Common Sense

I think the problem is exactly the opposite of the one Romney suggests. Americans aren’t as dependent on their government as they should be. If Tom Paine’s plan had prevailed in 1797, if the principle of universal income had become integral to the culture of this country from its founding, a whole range of problems we suffer in America today would not
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Are Muslims Nuts?

Probably as many Middle Easterners wonder, ‘why do they hate us?’ as we have wondered of them.

… For many Americans, the Muslim world is likewise dangerous. It is a place mired in the thick sludge of the past, peopled by exotic and prickly foreigners who, at any slight however real or perceived, fly …

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Brown OKs ban on protests near funerals

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday to bar protests near funerals, prevent future accounting scandals and provide some legal amnesty to people seeking medical help for drug overdoses. The measure protecting funerals says protesters on public property …

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Is Romney’s Foreign Policy Problem a Product of his Mormonism?

RD: How would you characterize Mormon thought on war, peace, and foreign policy?  PM: There has not been a systematic body of thought. Over the past 100 years, Mormons have been all over the map from the …

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Anti-American Protests Flare Beyond the Mideast

Anti-American rage that began this week over a video insult to Islam spread to nearly 20 countries across the Middle East and beyond on Friday, with violent and sometimes deadly protests that convulsed the birthplaces of the …

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Money, Technology, and the Silence of Churches: A Conversation with Susan Thistlethwaite

First, read the book, the whole Bible. I quote studies that show if you actually read the Bible outside of the church it turns you liberal. Also, get a New Revised Standard version. There is a conservative Bible project that is cutting out passages considered too liberal, so get a whole Bible.

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Mitt Romney’s Virginia speech heavy on religion

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Mitt Romney wants to be clear: He’s not taking “God” off the nation’s money or out of his party’s platform. In a not-so-veiled attack on President Barack Obama, Romney on Saturday delivered a …

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U.S. officials: Attack on consulate in Libya may have been planned

U.S. officials and Middle East analysts said Wednesday that an attack that killed four Americans at a U.S. Consulate in eastern Libya may have been planned by extremists and inspired by al-Qaeda. The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, …

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Atheists continue battle against World Trade Center cross at memorial

Washington (CNN) – Eleven years after the World Trade Center attack, the billion dollar memorial and museum dedicated to the victims of 9/11 is just half that – a memorial without an operating museum. And though a dispute …

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