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Government agents had no legal right to seize hundreds of children from a Mormon fundamentalist compound in Texas, an appeals court has ruled. The government argued that the children were suffering abuse, but the court decided the children had been in no immediate danger.

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A grim picture is emerging from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints compound in West Texas, where 416 children have been removed to state custody and 139 women have left. Court documents allege widespread sexual abuse of teenage girls who were married at puberty to much older men by the polygamist sect.

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Former President Jimmy Carter, himself a famously pious Baptist, lets loose on religious fundamentalists in an interview with Der Spiegel -- how they won't admit mistakes; how they won't negotiate with people who disagree with them; how they dehumanize people who have other beliefs; and how Bush & Co. fit that bill perfectly.

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A young activist explores the frightening world of a Christian evangelical youth movement that is holding rock concerts and rallies at city halls nationwide this weekend "If you?ve been waiting to get alarmed until the Christian fascist movement started filling stadiums with young people and hyping them up to do battle in 'God?s army,' wait no longer" (First column a series of three Second column here, third column here).

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Sam Harris argues against irrational faith and its adherents.For Sam Harris it's simple: Atheism is not a philosophy or a view of the world; it's simply a refusal to deny the obvious.

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