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Pat Robertson Documentary 'Mission Congo' Reignites Diamond Mine Fraud Allegations [UPDATE]

(2721) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 8:01 PM

A documentary scheduled to debut Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival shines a new spotlight on old allegations that televangelist Pat Robertson used money, intended for refugees in Africa, for his own diamond-mining venture.

"Mission Congo," directed by Lara Zizic and David Turner, was largely inspired...

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Rabbi Calls For Better Treatment Of Kaparot Chickens In Yom Kippur Ritual

(152) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 7:01 PM

In response to complaints from animal rights activists, Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi has called for better treatment of the chickens that are held above people's heads and then slaughtered as part of the Yom Kippur atonement ritual known as Kaparot.

The Jewish Daily Forward is reporting that...

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Dalai Lama Shares His Own Dream On Anniversary Of Martin Luther King Jr. Speech (VIDEO)

(110) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 10:18 AM

To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington on August 28th of 1963, His Holiness the Dalai Lama released a video outlining his own dream for the next century.

"I always have one...

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Clergy At Higher Risk Of Depression And Anxiety, Study Finds

(788) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Clergy are often relied upon to guide others through difficult times, but a new study has found that the very nature of their work could put them at greater risk of developing depression and anxiety themselves.

Researchers from the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School interviewed...

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New Western Wall Prayer Platform At Robinson's Arch Draws Criticism From Protestors

(245) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 3:07 PM

A new platform at the Western Wall intended for mixed-gender prayer has sparked objections from egalitarian groups. Critics say it favors a separatist solution to the ongoing debate over what prayer rights women should enjoy at one of Judaism's most sacred sites.

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Israel's...

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As Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome Increases, So Do Concerns About Counseling

(404) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 1:19 PM

Devan Weathers was pulling into her office parking lot from a lunch break when she got the phone call from her doctor.

She was 20 weeks pregnant with her second child and had received two abnormal ultrasounds. Her doctor had said she would be a good candidate for a new...

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Guns In Church, The Debate Over Armed Preachers Heats Up

(1241) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 9:07 AM

Every email Carl Chinn sends features the same signature: his name, followed by Chapter 4, Verse 9 from the Book of Nehemiah.

"We prayed to our God and posted a guard."

On Sept. 10, Chinn will lead a seminar for several local, faith-based organizations in Oak Creek, Wis., the...

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'No Muslim Parking' Signs Prompt Outrage At Westview Shopping Center In Texas

(6213) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Signs posted at a Houston, Texas, shopping center earlier this week that called for "No Muslim parking" shocked worshippers on their way to services at a nearby mosque. Though the signs were taken down within hours of appearing -- during Ramadan, no less-- it's still unclear who put...

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Dola Indidis, Kenyan Lawyer, Seeks To Overturn Jesus' Conviction 2,000 Years Later

(1694) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 2:44 PM

Dola Indidis has one goal: get justice for Jesus, even if it comes 2,000 years later.

To that end, the Kenyan lawyer named quite the roster of defendants -- including Pontius Pilate, King Herod, the former Emperor of Rome, and the states of Israel and Italy --...

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Gay Ketubah Offerings Let Same-Sex Couples Enjoy Jewish Marriage Tradition

(323) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 2:36 PM

Mel Matulsky and Tad Berman, who are engaged to be married later this month in Palm Springs, Calif., have been hitting the refresh button on UPS's website for the last week. According to their tracking number, Monday was the day they were supposed to finally receive their ketubah.

The traditional...

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Protesters Smash Bus Windows In Beit Shemesh, Israel

(454) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters attacked three buses in Beit Shemesh, a city 30 miles west of Jerusalem, in response to the arrest of a couple who reportedly asked a female passenger to move from the front of a bus to the back, according to The Associated Press.

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Israel's New Chief Rabbi, David Lau, Accused Of Racism

(1804) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 4:30 PM

The newly elected Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi -- one of the two men who serve as spiritual authorities for the people of Israel -- is already under fire for making an apparently racist remark, several Israeli news outlets are reporting.

David Lau was...

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The Honest Toddler, Mom Blogger, Faces Trademark Dispute With Jessica Alba's Company

(62) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 8:03 PM

The Honest Toddler is a hilarious Twitter feed turned blog and book franchise created by Bunmi Laditan, a mom of three. It is beloved by parents.

The Honest Company is an eco-friendly baby product brand owned by actress Jessica Alba. Its products consistently receive

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LGBT Youth Receive Offer Of Help From Catholic Hospital, St. Peter's Healthcare System

(490) Comments | Posted July 27, 2013 | 10:08 AM

Michael LaSala is an openly gay professor who specializes in LGBT issues and doesn't temper his words when it comes to his support of marriage rights for same-sex couples. That makes his newest ally in a project to counsel LGBT youths all the more surprising: It's a Catholic hospital.

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Religious Progressives Predicted To Outnumber Conservatives, Survey Finds

(6052) Comments | Posted July 20, 2013 | 9:10 AM

A new study has found that while the number of religious conservatives is still greater than that of progressives, the religious left may have a better chance of maintaining its foothold with Americans over time.

"If you’re using a generational snapshot today as a proxy for the future, it...

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Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial Star Of David Design Prompts Lawsuit Threat

(3514) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 7:46 PM

Plans for a Holocaust memorial at the Ohio Statehouse have stirred a debate over the separation of church and state that may lead to a lawsuit because a focal point of renowned architect Daniel Libeskind's design is the Star of David.

Plans for the memorial in in Columbus, Ohio,...

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Chicago Church Sign For Trayvon Martin Accuses Zimmerman Jury Of Racism (PHOTO)

(273) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 12:29 PM

The First Baptist Church of University Park didn't mince words when it came to expressing its outrage over the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Earlier this week, the electronic sign for the Chicago-area church featured the following message: "It is...

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Catholic Nun Trainee Reportedly Gang-Raped In India

(304) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 4:08 PM

A young woman studying to be a nun was reportedly raped earlier this month and held captive over the course of a week by three men in the Orissa region of India, according to the Press Trust of India.

Police told the news outlet that the victim...

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Should You Social Media Fast During Ramadan?

(51) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 9:30 AM

As an Islamic preacher in the Detroit area, Dawud Walid typically tweets 15 to 20 messages a day to his near 6,000 followers on issues relating to religion, the government and social justice. But in observance of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from food and drink during...

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Fighting During Ramadan Likely To Continue In Middle East, Despite Calls For Peace

(115) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 4:36 PM

Ramadan begins today and with it comes the month-long dedication to fasting, prayer and charity. But the Islamic holy month this year also coincides with a surge of political upheaval in Muslim-majority Egypt and the ongoing conflict in Syria: Fifty-one people were killed in Cairo this week alone,...

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