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Barack Obama talks religion and says he prays that "a better day will dawn over Egypt," among other requests of his deity. By the way, anyone notice the president has a real thing for Job?

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On Feb. 20, four Muslim women took a conspicuous step to protest gender segregation in Muslim mosques by refusing to relegate themselves to a cordoned-off prayer zone for women -- which one of them ruefully called the "penalty box" -- and instead worshiped with the men at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. Their presence did not go unnoticed.

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Ever wonder what the Roman Catholic Church might have to say about the proper way to prepare for the friskier side of holy matrimony? Well, here it is anyway: A Catholic organization in Britain has come up with a bedroom benediction for officially recognized (read: heterosexual) married couples to consult prior to consummation in its handy "Prayer Book for Spouses."

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Rep. Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, isn't happy about the "high honor" Barack Obama has bestowed on the Rev. Rick Warren, who recently likened gay marriage to incest and pedophilia. This isn't a speech at a forum, the congressman points out, but a role that is "traditionally given as a mark of great respect."

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While the webloids are busy looking into the drinking habits of young Bristol Palin, The Huffington Post has a disturbing report on Ma Palin's right-wing church: "Pastor Kalnins has also preached that critics of President Bush will be banished to hell and said that Jesus 'operated from that position of war mode' ".

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The House of Saud clearly takes a top-down approach to ruling. Under mounting pressure from the West to confront religious fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Religious Affairs plans to retrain some 40,000 imams.

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