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COMMENTARY: Father Abraham and the Jews

(RNS) Steven Spielberg’s "Lincoln'' will probably pick up a few Oscars on Sunday, and it shows that Americans will never tire of our 16th president. While the film centers on the fight to abolish slavery in 1865, two years earlier Lincoln used his powers to correct another injustice aimed at American Jews.

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'So help me God' isn't in official presidential oath

(RNS) When President Obama rests his hand on two historic Bibles to take his second-term oath of office Monday, he'll add a phrase not mentioned in the Constitution: "So help me God." But the Almighty's role on the Capitol steps is a controversial one. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.

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PBS series depicts American abolitionists as fired by faith

(RNS) As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, PBS’ “American Experience” premieres “The Abolitionists,” a three-part series, on Tuesday (Jan. 8). Documentarian Rob Rapley, the writer and director of the series, talked with Religion News Service about the role religion played in the lives of the abolitionists featured in the series. By Adelle M. Banks.