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Faith Response to Osama bin Laden’s Death Voted No. 1 Religion Story of the Year

09/14/13 COLUMBIA, MO — The death of Osama bin Laden — which spurred discussions among people of faith on issues of forgiveness, peace, justice and retribution was voted the No. 1 Religion Story of 2011 by the nation's leading religion journalists. The 2011 survey of Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) members marks the 30thyear the professional organization of religion beat specialists …

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Monday’s Religion News Roundup: Lowe’s boycott, invented Palestians; Mitt Romney’s wager

09/14/13 The introduction of the new Roman Missal was the top religion story of the year, according to a survey of Catholic News Service editors and reporters. Unsurprisingly,Pope Benedict XVI was voted the top newsmaker, as he has been every year since 2006. The late JP2, somehow, snuck in at number four, preceding Sister Elizabeth Johnson, the theologian. NCR's John Allen says the Catholic …

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Companies pull ads from Muslim reality TV show

09/14/13 By Omar Sacirbey Lowe's, the national hardware chain, has pulled commercials from future episodes of “All-American Muslim,” a TLC reality-TV show, after protests by Christian groups. The Florida Family Association, a Tampa Bay group, has led a campaign urging companies to pull ads on “All-American Muslim.” The FFA contends that 65 of 67 companies it has targeted have pulled …

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Book connects relationship between food and faith

09/14/13 The “Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God“(Cascade Books, 2010)is a wonderful collection of essays by an all-star cast of gifted writers on the connections between food and Christian faith. The book reminds me of one of those summer food festivals that feature samplings from all the best restaurants in town. I remember growing up …

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Is Anybody Out There?

09/14/13 The universe boggles the mind, at least it does mine, and I'm a science fiction writer with a wild imagination. Just think of it: Our sun is one of at least 100 billion stars in the Milky Way and the Milky Way is one of nearly 100 billion galaxies in the universe. If you've got a big enough calculator …

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The Sanctity of Equality

09/14/13 As activists in Washington are gearing up to take another go at getting a marriage equality bill on the state ballot, perhaps we should all begin reconsidering the meaning of the word “sanctity.” In 2004, President George W. Bush made what he called, “the sanctity of marriage,” a major reelection issue, calling for a constitutional ban on all same-sex …

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