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Pastor gave over $240,000 to Republican Senators, may be the largest contributor among U.S. Clergy

Clergy rarely contribute money to political campaigns. But one pastor stands out.  Dianne Schwabe of Living Faith Christian Church in Northridge, California may be the largest campaign contributor among America’s clergy, annually writing checks of up to $25,000 to support Senate Republicans. Schwabe leads the Intercessory Prayer Ministry at Living Faith Christian Church, a non-denominational charismatic church. According to the church’s website, Schwabe, “regularly travels to Washington, DC to encourage and strengthen leaders through her prophetic intercessory gifting.” Schwabe also strengthens leaders’ campaign coffers.

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Muslims launch campaign to explain Shariah

(RNS) “If you are looking for problematic texts in the Quran, yes, they exist. They also exist in the Bible and Torah and other books,” said Emory University's Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im. “But Christians aren't judged based on what the Bible said 2,000 years ago, but on how they behave today. Why are Muslims judged according to these literalist interpretations, and not according to how the vast majority of good Muslims behave today?” By Omar Sacirbey.