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There’s room at the Big Table

He grew up in meat and potatoes country, a small town off of Flathead Lake in Western Montana. The only fine dining restaurant there was The Ranch, which was half eatery, half bowling alley. Everything came out of the fryer. “It was a green bean casserole kind of town,” Kevin Finch says as he sips a floral-smelling tea at Forza …

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Sound Off: Was Komen right or wrong?

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation caused quite a stir this week when the organization announced it would no longer fund Planned Parenthood. Today that announcement wasreversedand founder Nancy Brinker apologized, noting that people were presuming the charity pulled its funding for political reasons. The issue got SpokaneFAVS contributors thinking: Time for pro-life advocates to take a stand …

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WA one step closer to legalizing gay marriage

Washington could be the seventh state (including Washington D.C.) to approve same-sex marriage if the House, and possibly the voters, backs the bill that passed 28 to 21 in the state Senate Wednesday night. “There's still a lot of work to be done. We have to be diligent, but we're confident that this legislation will make it to the governor's …

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On eve of Darwin’s birthday, states take steps to limit evolution

On the eve of the 203rd anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday, lawmakers in at least four states are taking steps to hinder the teaching of evolution in public schools, while other bills would do the same without naming evolution outright. One of the bills, New Hampshire's House Bill 1148, not only singles out evolution, but would require teachers to discuss …

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Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup: Koshergate, RIP compassionate conservatism; Boykin bounced

As Floridians head to the polls today, Newt Gingrich has been subtly playing the religion card. On Monday,Gingrich accused Mitt Romney of being “extraordinarily insensitive” to religionas governor of Massachusetts because he planned cut to Medicaid funding to Jewish and Catholic health care facilities. Driving the point home in God's Waiting Room (aka Florida), Gingrich noted thatone program targeted for cuts had served kosher …

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Should same-sex marriage be legalized in Washington?

Washington could be the seventh state (plus D.C.) to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill is moving steadily through the state legislature and is backed byGov. Chris Gregoire. Some religious groups are hoping to stall the bill, including the state's four Catholic bishops who are urging parishioners to contact their legislatures and “defend the current definition of marriage.”Other faith groups, like …

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