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China’s persecution of the Uyghurs, nine million Turkic-speaking Muslims, will be the focus of an inter-faith conference in Toronto on July 5. Most of the Uyghurs live in Xinjiang, a vast desert region of Western China. The group “One Free […]

Eleven-year-old Will Phillips will help lead this year’s San Antonio, Texas, gay pride parade. As a fifth grader in the rural town of West Fork, Arkansas, he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Now homeschooled because of negative local reaction, he has […]

Hemant Mehta, writing on “The Friendly Atheist” blog, reports that: “Church and State will remain separate on Georgia’s license plates thanks to all of you. Earlier this week, I mentioned that Georgia was having an online vote to decide it’s new license plate. […]

Three national veterans groups have filed a 26-page complaint in federal court that officials at the Houston National Cemetery have defied the court’s order to quit censoring prayer and banning the words “God” and “Jesus” from funeral services. Despite a Memorial […]

The Gospel of John quotes Jesus as saying “I am the true vine,” and some folks in eastern North Carolina think they may have witnessed a literal demonstration. A utility pole about a mile south of Kinston has attracted attention […]

from the Jerusalem Post Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state on Tuesday, saying “Just say the six words – ‘I will accept the Jewish state.’” In an address […]

 By Elizabeth Tenety ~ from The Washington Post‘s On Faith Minnesota’s Republicatn congresswoman— and now official presidential candidate — Michele Bachmann told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer on Sunday that she believes God is calling her to run for the nation’s […]

“It’s attractive when girls have faith,” says Tim Tebow, a deeply committed Christian who is not afraid to say so — which he does in his new book, Through My Eyes. Tim Tebow is the real deal, writes the Washington Post‘s Sally Quinn. […]

For several decades, opposition to circumcision has been building in the United States and within the American Jewish community. This year, the people of San Francisco will see on their ballots a proposed ordinance banning circumcision entirely, with no exception […]

A senior adviser to the Vatican, who is a theology professor in Detroit, blasted the Catholic governor of New York for his strong backing of same-sex marriage, saying that he should be punished for his “brazen” violation of Catholicism by […]

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