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February 08 2014

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Wave of new state bills: Religious freedom or license to discriminate?

aljazeera.com - By Sarah Posner - Feb. 08 (News Analysis) - If a bill approved by the Kansas House Committee on Federal and State Affairs Thursday becomes law, businesses and government employees could legally refuse service to citizens because of their sexual orientation or marital status, claiming it violates their religious beliefs.

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January 18 2014

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January 13 2014

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Noam Chomsky on the Legacy of Ariel Sharon: Not Speaking Ill of the Dead "Imposes a Vow of Silence"

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky - Jan. 13 (Interview) - Among Palestinians, Sharon was one of the most reviled political figures in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is seen as father of the settlement movement and an architect of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon that killed a reported 20,000 Palestinian and Lebanese. We discuss Sharon’s legacy with three guests: Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University; and Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading scholars on the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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December 14 2013

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December 09 2013

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When Bishops Direct Medical Care

New York Times - By By THE EDITORIAL BOARD - Dec. 09 (Editorial) - A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Michigan woman highlights the conflict between religious mandates and a hospital’s duty.

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December 08 2013

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Whose sarin?

The London Review of Books - By Seymour M. Hersh - Dec. 08 (Investigative Report) - Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal Operations Order – a planning document that precedes a ground invasion – citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.

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December 06 2013

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The Lies of John Haas - President of The National Catholic Bioethics Center

catholicwatch.org - Dec. 06 (Opinion) - if you’re a doctor or nurse working in a Catholic hospital, please know that when the going gets rough and a patient suffers because you are following the ERDs, the Catholic Church, through its well-placed advocates, is going to turn on you fast. 2) For an “ethicist,” Haas is VERY comfortable lying through his teeth. On the show, he made several false and misleading statements.

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October 28 2013

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Why Atheists Can’t Be Republicans

AlterNet - By CJ Werleman - Oct. 28 (Opinion) - The atheist movement comprises more than 2,000 groups and organizations in the U.S. today, but the movement, in composition and purpose, has failed to establish a coherent cause outside of validating non-belief and offering platitudes towards protecting the separation of church and state. Another thing one notices with the atheist movement is the fact it is predominantly upwardly middle-class, white and male. Sikivu Hutchinson writes, in her essay “Prayer Warriors and Freethinkers”: “If mainstream freethought and humanism continue to reflect the narrow cultural interests of white elites who have disposable income to go to conferences then the secular movement is destined to remain marginal and insular.”

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October 11 2013

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How Christian Delusions Are Driving the GOP Insane

AlterNet - By Amanda Marcotte - Oct. 11 (News Analysis) - The press often talks about the Tea Party like they’re secularist movement that is interested mainly in promoting “fiscal conservatism”, a vague notion that never actually seems to make good on the promise to save taxpayer money. The reality is much different: The Tea Party is actually driven primarily by fundamentalist Christians whose penchant for magical thinking and belief that they’re being guided by divine forces makes it tough for them to see the real world as it is.

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September 25 2013

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90% of Top Newspaper Headlines Censor Islam in Nairobi, Pakistan Attacks | Media Research Center

mrc.org - Sep. 25 (Research) - Dare a top newspaper journalist to play connect-the-dots and chances are he’ll fail miserably – at least with drawing the line between Islam and terrorism. In Nairobi, Kenya last weekend, Islamist militants took over a high-end shopping mall and began executing non-Muslims. In Pakistan, Islamist suicide bombers detonated at a Christian Church on Sunday. Yet on Monday, September 23, 90 percent of the top ten (via circulation numbers) daily newspapers’ headlines in the United States censored the words “Islam” and Muslim” from Nairobi and Pakistan reports. One – the New York Daily News – didn’t even have a headline for the latest Islamic terrorist attacks. That’s journalism at its finest.

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September 19 2013

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Pope Francis rejects Church's relentless focus on gays, abortion | Al Jazeera America

aljazeera.com - Sep. 19 (News) - In the first extensive interview of his papacy, Pope Francis says the Catholic Church cannot "interfere spiritually" with the lives of gays and lesbians, and that the church has become "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage and contraception.

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September 09 2013

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Religious riots in India leave 31 dead

NBCNews.com - By Frank Jack Daniel - Sep. 09 (News Report) - ...Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard at a deserted market during a curfew in Muzaffarnagar, about 80 miles north of New Delhi, after deadly Hindu-Muslim violence spread into new areas despite an army-enforced curfew. By Frank ...

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September 05 2013

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9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

Washington Post - By Max Fisher - Sep. 05 (Special Report) - The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren’t exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you.

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August 23 2013

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5 Most Absurd, Self-Pitying Gripes of the Christian Right

AlterNet - By Amanda Marcotte - Aug. 23 (Opinion) - Here’s a rundown of various ways Christian conservatives paint themselves as victims, and who the real victims actually are.

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August 18 2013

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Egypt: Islamists hit Christian churches

Associated Press - By Hamza Hendawi - Aug. 18 (News Report) - CAIRO (AP) — After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war" before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob. ...

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IPS – Now Tunisia Begins to Shake

Inter Press Service - By Louise Sherwood - Aug. 18 (News Report) - TUNIS, Aug 13 2013 (IPS) - Tunisia was plunged into political strife when opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi was assassinated late last month, triggering widespread pro- and anti-government demonstrations across the country. In the days since his death the North African nation has faced a further series of terrorist attacks that have threatened to destabilise a country seen as a model for post-revolution democracy in the region.

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August 11 2013

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With lure of religious classes, Iran seeks to recruit Latin Americans

Washington Post - By Joby Warrick - Aug. 11 (Special Report) - The Mexican law student was surprised by how easy it was to get into Iran two years ago. By merely asking questions about Islam at a party, he managed to pique the interest of Iran’s top diplomat in Mexico. Months later, he had a plane ticket and a scholarship to a mysterious school in Iran as a guest of the Islamic Republic. ...

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July 29 2013

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Religion Scholar Demolishes Fox News Bigotry

AlterNet - By Alex Kane - Jul. 29 (News Report) - host Lauren Green suggested that author Reza Aslan couldn’t write about Jesus since he was a Muslim. Aslan’s new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, challenges conventional wisdom about Christianity’s founder. But instead of focusing on the book’s content, Fox religion correspondent Green focused on Aslan’s religion.

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July 24 2013

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GOP Chair Reince Priebus: "There's only one sovereign God"

Religion Dispatches - Jul. 24 (Opinion) - Post by Daniel Schultz "I don't know if I've used the word 'tolerance,'" Reince Priebus told David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network Monday. "I don't really care for that word myself. I don't have a problem with it, I just think it has another

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July 14 2013

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Are Conservative Christians Apathetic About Climate Change Because They Believe Jesus Is Coming?

AlterNet - By Robin Globus Veldman - Jul. 14 (Special Report) - some in the spectator camp hold that America’s remarkably durable “rapture culture” is no laughing matter; that it might, in fact, be a menace to society. At issue is end time believers’ perceived lack of investment in the earth’s future. That is, if they believe Jesus is coming back, do they have any incentive to preserve and protect the environment for future generations?

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