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Lawmaker Blasts Leader of Florida Muslims Lobbying Legislature

Posted: 03/11/2009 - The organizer who brought nearly 200 Florida Muslims to the state Capitol to lobby politicians Tuesday has been called a "known terrorist sympathizer" by a head lawmaker -- a label the Muslim leader emphatically rejects.

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Widow and Rabbi Head to Court in Torah Dispute

Posted: 03/11/2009 - A legal battle between the widow of a rabbi and his former assistant will go before a secular judge in Los Angeles after the assistant flouted a religious court's ruling that he relinquish a set of Torahs.

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Lawmakers Cancel Hearing on Church Finances

Posted: 03/11/2009 - A highly anticipated public hearing on a bill that would give Catholics in Connecticut more control over their parish finances has been canceled

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Graham Ministry to Redevelop Katrina properties

Posted: 03/11/2009 - The state of Louisiana has begun transferring properties it bought in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, with the first of thousands awaiting redevelopment going to the Reverend Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse ministry.

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Baptist Adviser Voices Opposition to Obama Moves

Posted: 03/11/2009 - A Southern Baptist leader who serves on President Barack Obama's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships opposes Obama's move to fund embryonic stem cell research.

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Security Expert Says Crimes Against Churches Are Common

Posted: 03/11/2009 - A church security expert says there have been more than 130 crimes committed against Christian churches since the beginning of this year, including Sunday's murder of Illinois Pastor Fred Winters as he preached his Sunday sermon.

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Saudi Court Sentences 75-year-old Widow to Lashes

Posted: 03/10/2009 - A 75-year-old widow in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 40 lashes and four months in jail for mingling with two young men who are not close relatives, drawing new criticism for the Islamic kingdom's religious police and judiciary.

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Pope's Swiss Envoy Criticizes Liberal Catholics

Posted: 03/10/2009 - The Pope's envoy to Switzerland has criticized liberal Catholics for protesting the church's leadership on issues such as sexuality and women's equality.

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Ethnic Churches in Cleveland Fear Closure

Posted: 03/10/2009 - As Cleveland's Roman Catholic Diocese prepares to announce which parishes must close or merge, those most at risk may be the 51 nationality parishes that cater to specific ethnic groups such as Polish-Americans and Irish-Americans.

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St. Louis Cleric Stripped of Priestly Status

Posted: 03/10/2009 - A priest who defied his Roman Catholic bishop in 2005 to become pastor of a St. Louis parish at odds with the archdiocese has been removed from the priesthood.

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Large Buddhist Statue Planned in Tulsa

Posted: 03/10/2009 - In Tulsa, Okla., the Tam-Bao Buddhist Temple wants to build a 49-foot-tall granite statue of the Buddhist goddess Quan Am.

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Judges Weigh Whether Utah Crosses Are Secular

Posted: 03/10/2009 - A federal appeals court is weighing a lawsuit over Utah's use of privately funded crosses for roadside memorials honoring fallen highway patrol officers.

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Stem Cell Decision Exposes Religious Divide

Posted: 03/10/2009 - While some faith traditions maintain thatembryonic stem cell research amounts to killing innocent life, others cite the moral imperative to alleviate suffering.

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Stem Cell Debate Hinges on Humanity of The Embryo

Posted: 03/10/2009 - In ordering that federal funds pay for embryonic stem cell research, President Barack Obama called himself "a person of faith" who believes "we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering."

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Pope to Visit Holy Land On May 8-15

Posted: 03/09/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI says he'll visit the Holy Land on May 8-15 in the first papal trip to the area since 2000.

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More Americans Say They Have No Religion

Posted: 03/09/2009 - A wide-ranging study on American religious life suggests that the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.

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