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Sparks Fly as House GOP Blasts Contraception Mandate
WASHINGTON (RNS) Exhibit A in the fight over President Obama's mandate for religious institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraception: a ham sandwich.
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Poll Finds Americans Split on Contraception Mandate
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans are split on a federal mandate requiring nearly all employers to provide insurance covering contraception.
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Mainline Protestants Up for Grabs Heading into November
WASHINGTON (RNS) White mainline Protestants have a big thing going for them this election cycle: they are divided, and possibly persuadable.
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Obama Says Faith Mandates Him to Care for the Poor
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama connected his faith with his policies toward the poor at the National Prayer Breakfast.
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After Minor Turbulence, Alaska Airlines Suspends Prayer Cards
(RNS) After causing a bit of turbulence with some passengers, Alaska Airlines will no longer serve prayer cards with in-flight meals, the company announced.
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After Angering Catholics, White House Honors Teachers
WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House heralded nine Catholic educators as "Champions of Catholic Education."
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Rabbis Step In as Matchmakers on New Jewish Dating Sites
(RNS) Before you meet your match, you’ve got to meet your matchmaker.
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Supreme Court Sides with Churches in Employment Fights
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously threw its support behind a church school that fired a teacher.
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Boston Cardinal Marks 10 Years Since Abuse Scandal
(RNS) Ten years after the sex abuse scandal erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley has written a contrite public letter.
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U.S. Jumps to Top of Charity Index
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans: the most generous people in the world. In this season of giving, that’s no idle gloat.
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New Reform Jewish Leader Promises Revitalization
WASHINGTON (RNS) Rabbi Richard Jacobs understands why so many Jews avoid synagogues.
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Has Matisyahu Left Judaism?
(RNS) Matisyahu, the improbable but undeniable reggae star, announced on Twitter that he is shaving the beard that has long marked him as a Hasidic Jew.
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Young Hip Jews Leading a Hanukkah Music Makeover
(RNS) Put on your boogie shoes—the new Hanukkah songs are here!
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GOP Candidates Make Pitch to Jewish Voters
WASHINGTON (RNS) Newt Gingrich ignited an audience of Republican Jewish activists by promising to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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After Miss. Defeat, What’s next for Personhood?
WASHINGTON (RNS) The failure of the “personhood” initiative in Mississippi intensified what appears to be a growing divide in the anti-abortion movement.
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Study Says Religious Services Make Some Women Happier
A new study in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that there’s a link between optimism and attendance at religious services.
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Survey Finds Deep Challenges for Romney
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than four in 10 American voters say they are uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon in the White House.
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Congress Considers Conscience Rights in Health Care
WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholic and other Christian health care providers denounced a rule that requires insurers to cover contraception.
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Faith, Political Leaders Find Out How Far Food Stamps Go
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders and members of Congress are getting a firsthand taste of what it’s like to eat on $4.50 a day as part of the “Food Stamp Challenge.”
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Activists Bemoan Low Priority Given to Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates lamented America’s failure to protect the faithful abroad, saying things have gotten worse.
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Supreme Court to Weigh Churches’ Hiring Rights
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court will hear one of the most important religion cases in decades, centered on religious institutions exemption from anti-discrimination laws.
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After 9/11, Some Run Toward Faith, Some Run the Other Way
(RNS) Sean Tallon was nearing the end of his probationary training as a New York City firefighter when the two hijacked planes hit the twin towers.
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Crane Topples at National Cathedral
WASHINGTON (RNS) A 500-foot crane toppled over next to the Washington National Cathedral, adding to the earthquake damage that the crane was brought in to fix.
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Poll: Americans Are Tolerant of Other Faiths—Except Islam
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims.
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Catholics Pitch In to Repair National Cathedral
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is donating $25,000 to help repair the Washington National Cathedral.
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Muslim Lawmakers Appeal for Israeli Soldier’s Release
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two Muslim congressmen and other prominent Muslims have urged Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
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Quake-damaged National Cathedral Faces Millions in Repairs
WASHINGTON (RNS) The iconic Washington National Cathedral, already struggling with financial problems, faces millions of dollars in repair costs.
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Congregations Go for Creation Care, One Barrel at a Time
WASHINGTON (RNS) Irrigating from a rain barrel saves water that would otherwise come from a municipal water system.
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Religious Restrictions Increased for 2 billion, Study Says
(RNS) A third of the world live in nations where restrictions on religion have substantially increased, according to a new report.
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Poll: American Muslims Hopeful About Life in the U.S.
(RNS) Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, an extensive new survey of Muslims finds them as optimistic as other Americans.
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Judge Tosses Out San Fran’s Circumcision Referendum
(RNS) A proposed circumcision ban will not appear on San Francisco’s citywide ballot in November, a Superior Court judge tentatively ruled.
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Court Says Store Discriminated Against Muslim
(RNS) Abercrombie & Fitch violated civil rights law when the clothier refused to hire a Muslim woman because she wears a headscarf.
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Episcopal Church Defends Top Bishop’s Record in Nevada Abuse Case
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Episcopal Church is rejecting charges that its top leader mishandled the ordination of a former priest who is now accused of sexual abuse.
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City Attorney Questions Proposed Circumcision Ban
(RNS) The city’s top lawyer has concluded it is unconstitutional to ban the practice as a religious ritual, but allow it as a medical procedure.
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Study Says Engagement Rises with Mosque Attendance
WASHINGTON (RNS) A political science professor says research shows that affiliation with a mosque increases Muslims’ civic engagement.
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Jewish Musician Debbie Friedman Dies at 59
(RNS) Debbie Friedman, a composer and singer whose modern melodies updated the music in synagogue services worldwide, died of pneumonia at age 59.
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Jewish Groups Have Mixed Feelings on Highest-ranking Jew in Congress
WASHINGTON (RNS) When Virginia Republican Eric Cantor becomes House Majority Leader next month, he will become the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in history.
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