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A Kentucky law requires residents and government officials to affirm the existence of an almighty, protective God via a series of plaques installed outside the state Homeland Security building, with a penalty of up to 12 months in prison for failure to comply.

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On Monday, Haitian officials freed Charisa Coulter, a Baptist missionary from the U.S. who was held on kidnapping charges following January's catastrophic earthquake in Port-au-Prince. One other American from Coulter's group remains in custody in the island nation's capital, according to The Associated Press.

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Remember Kenneth Starr? You can bet anyone associated even peripherally with Bill Clinton's administration does. Starr, former United States solicitor general and the major driving force behind the public exposure and investigation of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, is leaving his position as dean at Pepperdine University Law School in Malibu to be president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

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Disasters evoke a whole range of human qualities, from the charitable to the predatory and beyond. Thus it's not surprising, although it is upsetting, that a group of Americans was charged Thursday with abduction and criminal association after attempting to usher 33 Haitian children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic last week even though many were not actually orphans.

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Call it vigilante relief work or kidnapping, 10 American Baptists are in jail in Port-au-Prince after attempting to take 33 children out of Haiti in what they claim was an effort to "do the right thing."

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Illinois state Rep. Monique Davis' heated public exchange last Wednesday with atheist activist Rob Sherman over the allocation of $1 million in state funds to repair a church is still going on -- fortunately for Sherman, perhaps not so much for Davis -- on the Internet, at least.

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The Huckabee campaign has refused to give the media much more than scraps of the candidate's religious speeches, leaving his 12 years as a pastor relatively shrouded in mystery. We already know he doesn't believe in evolution, thought at one time that AIDS patients should be quarantined and isn't ashamed "to let you know that I believe Adam and Eve were real people," so what is he hiding?

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Protestants in general, and Baptists in particular, are much heavier on the whole than their American counterparts in other religions, a Purdue sociology professor has found. Prime example: Jerry Falwell (above). One possible reason: Baptists are denied so many vices, food is "one of the few available sources of earthly pleasures," says the professor.

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