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Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer tries Google after GoDaddy rejection

By guest — August 14, 2017
(USA Today) The company, which is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has drawn criticism for months for its willingness to provide a domain name for a website 'dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism,' according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

40 years after his death, Elvis Presley’s trilogy of baptisms enhances his immortality

By guest — August 10, 2017
(USA Today) — Multiple baptisms aren't uncommon in the American South, where beliefs and practices vary widely, even within various Christian denominations.

How Buddhist mindfulness can awaken the church

By guest — August 7, 2017
(RNS) Many Christians are finding mindfulness practice to be not just compatible but complimentary to their faith. They discover within these Buddhist-derived practices not only a key to renewal and holy living, but also a doorway to a neglected Christian tradition.

Arizona Senate candidate under attack for being Muslim

By guest — July 20, 2017
(USA Today) — Responses to Deedra Abboud's Facebook posts have ranged from disturbing to just plain scary.

Boston launches poster campaign to combat Islamophobia

By guest — July 19, 2017
(AP) — Titled "What to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic harassment," the posters encourage people to engage with the person who is being targeted and to draw attention away from the harasser.

Rohingya Muslims tell of abuses during army crackdown

By guest — July 15, 2017
(Reuters) Myanmar's government, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has denied most of the claims, and is blocking entry to a U.N. fact-finding mission tasked with looking into the allegations.

Court: N.C. commissioners’ prayer practice violated Constitution

By guest — July 14, 2017
(AP) The question in the Rowan County case was whether it makes a difference that the prayers were given by the commissioners themselves and whether their invitation for the audience to join them in prayer was coercive.

Confidant of Pope Francis condemns US religious right

By guest — July 13, 2017
(AP) — The Rev. Antonio Spadaro, editor of the influential Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, said a shared desire for political influence between 'evangelical fundamentalists' and some Catholics has inspired an 'ecumenism of conflict' that demonizes opponents and promotes a 'theocratic type of state.'

Malta OKs same-sex marriages over Catholic Church protest

By guest — July 12, 2017
(AP) Only one lawmaker out of 67 in the Maltese Parliament voted against the legislation, signaling its broad support in the predominantly Catholic island nation.

Cleric says he would not flee US to avoid extradition to Turkey

By guest — July 11, 2017
(Reuters) — Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of instigating last year's failed coup, says he would accept extradition if Washington agrees to a request by Ankara to hand him over.

Russell Moore, Frank Page unite in wake of Baptist controversy over Trump

By guest — March 14, 2017
NASHVILLE (USA Today) Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore — an outspoken critic of President Trump — and another top-ranking denominational leader discussed strengthening ties across the Protestant network of churches.

Mount Carmel Cemetery: Stones toppled, stones righted

By guest — February 28, 2017
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) I saw with my own eyes evidence of the darkness of hatred that can enfold us, and I saw with my own eyes the sparks of light and love that shine even more brightly when darkness is thickest.

Trump says immigration order not a ‘Muslim ban’ as protests, detainments hit airports

By guest — January 28, 2017
(USA Today) The growing chaos has sparked legal challenges, airport protests, condemnations from politicians and denunciations from advocacy groups.

Stop telling nonbelievers they have a hole in their hearts

By guest — January 5, 2017
(RNS) Whether intentional or not, the assertion comes across as a scare tactic that can be very harmful, especially when impressed upon young children.

Merkel says Islamist terrorism is biggest test for Germany

By guest — December 31, 2016
(REUTERS) The leader of Western Europe's largest economy also urged Germans to shun populism and said Germany should take a leading role in addressing the many challenges facing the European Union.
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