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Top Ten Ways Islamic Law Forbids Terrorism

Erik Rush and others who hastened to scapegoat Muslims for the Boston Marathon bombings are ignorant of the religion. I can’t understand why people who have never so much as read a book about a subject appoint themselves experts on it.

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Two Conservative Lives

Two important conservatives departed this life within days of each other. One was a world-historical figure with extravagant political gifts, the other’s misgivings about politics led him to counsel Christians to undertake a political “fast.”

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Hey Hey We’re the Monkeys

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Christian Bible ‘Insane, Bronze Age Malarkey,’ Maher Tells Kimmel

The “Real Time” host appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday where he mocked a number of his favorite topics including religious holidays, the Catholic Church and the Bible.

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N.C. GOP Lawmakers Want to Ignore Constitution, Establish Official State Religion

Ignoring the whole separation of church and state thing, a group of Republican legislators in North Carolina want to trample on your religious freedoms.

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Hope’s Opening Day

The obligations of religious toleration and pluralism require all who care not a bit about baseball to accept that Opening Day is more than the beginning of a sports season. It is a great religious festival.

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Conservatives Outraged by Cesar Chavez Google Doodle on Easter

Members of the right wing are freaking out online after Internet search giant Google chose to honor Cesar Chavez with a doodle on Easter Sunday instead of something Christian holiday related.

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Kill the Child, Spare the Lamb

Sorry to be such a nudge, but as I write this before heading off to yet another in a long lifetime of Seders, I still can’t get my head wrapped around this business of the plagues.

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Maher Mocks Catholicism, Argues Religion Is ‘Like Wikipedia’

Comedian Bill Maher slammed the Catholic Church during the “New Rules” segment on the latest episode of “Real Time,” at one point comparing how the religion is run to his own program.

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N.C. Church Won’t Perform Straight Weddings Until Gay Marriage Is Legal

“We ... see people in same-sex relationships as completely worthy of the Sacrament of Marriage,” the church said in a statement. “We reject any notion that they are second class citizens in the Kingdom of God.” 

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Listen: Father Guido Sarducci on the Election of Pope Francis

The “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update correspondent made an appearance on KPFK radio’s “Pocho Hour of Power” to comment on popes past and present.

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Questions From a ‘Dirty War’

They are impolite questions, but they must be asked: What did Jorge Mario Bergoglio know, and when did he know it, about Argentina’s brutal “Dirty War” against suspected leftists in which thousands were tortured and killed? More important, what did the newly chosen Pope Francis do?

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Bin Laden’s Influence Lives On After Him

A day will undoubtedly come when Osama bin Laden will occupy the same place in 21st century history books as Gavrilo Princip holds in the histories of the 20th century. Both committed acts that provoked great wars, brought down empires and profoundly altered their times.

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Planned Obsolescence

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Polarization, Church and Country

What do the Roman Catholic Church and the American political system have in common? Both are divided into factions that neither trust nor understand each other, and both confront a crisis of governance.

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Mary Mary Quite Contrary

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Dysfunctional

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Son of a Bitch

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Watch What Happens When Gay Man Confronts Homophobic Preacher on Subway

A passenger refused to sit idly by on a New York City subway over the weekend when a hateful “preacher” went on a rant in which he likened gays to pedophiles and claimed that Michael Jackson died because he was a homosexual.

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Cardinal Mahony ‘Forgives’ Those Angry With Him Over Child Sex Abuse Scandal

The level of narcissism and insensitivity displayed by the pedophile enabler in a blog post Thursday shows just how far removed he is from reality.

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The Blind Theology of Militarism

In my years reporting on the intentional narrowing of political vernacular to guarantee specific outcomes, I have encountered no better example of Orwellian newspeak than that which now dominates the conversation about America’s drone war.

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Papal Abdication

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Three Things the Next Pope Can Do to Save the Roman Catholic Church

I don’t expect the Vatican to take my advice, which is only fair since I’ve been ignoring theirs my whole life.

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So God Made a Banker

Praise be to MarketWatch columnist Brett Arends, who has written a biblically funny sendup of the finance industry.

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The Paradoxes of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict’s resignation shouldn’t have surprised us as much as it did. As an institutionalist who believes in the Roman Catholic Church as the carrier of truth in a sinful world, he would worry a great deal about the impact of his own infirmities on the institution’s capacity to thrive.

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Homophobic Students, Teacher Want to Ban Gays From Indiana High School Prom

Some students, parents and a special education teacher met over the weekend at Sullivan First Christian Church to figure out how they can hold a “traditional prom.” The goal, they say, is to get the high school in Sullivan, Ind., to hold one that is “separate but equal.”

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Pope Benedict XVI to Resign From Scandal-Plagued Church

Whatever messages Pope Benedict tried to convey during his tenure were “drowned out” by the child abuse scandal and other controversies that rocked the Vatican during his reign, John Hooper writes at The Guardian.

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Ex-Westboro Baptist Member Opens Up About the Church

“There was a point when we started praying for people to die,” Libby Phelps Alvarez, the granddaughter of the man who founded the church, told NBC’s “Today” in an interview that aired Wednesday. 

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Boy Scouts May Not Survive With Gay Members, Santorum Says

The noted homophobe is urging the Boy Scouts of America not to capitulate to the “intolerant liberal mind” and overturn its discriminatory policy of banning gays from joining the youth organization, saying that this is yet “another example of the left attempting to remove God from all areas of public life.”

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Peacemaking on Birth Control

America’s Big Religious War on contraception coverage ended Friday. Or at least it ought to after the Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement of new regulations.

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Should Taxpayers Be Funding Private Schools That Teach Creationism?

We’ve pushed standards, testing and accountability for public schools, so why shouldn’t private institutions receiving taxpayer money have to meet those same requirements?

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Applebee’s Fires Waitress After Pastor’s ‘God’ Tip

A waitress claims she was fired by Applebee’s after posting a note online from a pastor who refused to leave a tip, writing on the credit card receipt instead that “I give God 10% Why do you get 18.”

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St. Peter and Mother Teresa Welcome Christopher Hitchens

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What Happens When Texas Public Schools Teach the Bible?

The Earth is just 6,000 years old, racial diversity is the result of a curse being placed on Noah’s son, the sun can stand still and move backward and the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation based on biblical principles. These are some of the startling things students in Texas are learning, according to a new report.

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Catholic Hospital Chain Wins Lawsuit by Arguing Fetus Is Not a Person

A Catholic health provider has abandoned its beliefs by arguing that a dead fetus and a dead person are not the same thing in order to win a malpractice lawsuit.

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A Time for ‘Sublime Madness’

Only in the depths of human imagination can we find the resources to fight against the ceaseless assaults on civil liberties and the planet itself. Only there can we unearth the strength and passion to resist.

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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

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On Fire I Will Burn

Beijing is wiping out indigenous culture on the Tibetan Plateau. In protest, 98 people have set themselves on fire since 2009.

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Obama’s ‘Worst Day’ as President, Bachmann’s Surprising Honor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the company that would rather pay a daily $1.3 million fine than fund contraceptive coverage and a news magazine’s accidental posting of an obituary of an ex-president who is still alive.

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Suspected Subway Pusher Charged With Murder as a Hate Crime

Authorities say a 31-year-old woman who is accused of pushing a man off a subway platform into the way of a train in Queens last week did so because of his religion. Erika Menendez was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in the death of Sunando Sen.

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Anti-Westboro Baptist Church Petition Reaches White House Milestone

The petition to classify unofficial hate group Westboro Baptist Church as an official hate group is the White House’s most popular ever. But WBC members say they don’t understand the push to label their organization as such.

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Some Christmas Inspirations

There is much dispute and dialogue among scholars over what to make of the Christmas narratives in the Scriptures and the connection between what was written and what we can know about what happened.

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