Jews, Sikhs, Hindus root for fellow believers in Olympics

Americans cheered when Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass., won a gold medal on Tuesday (July 31) in the women’s all-around gymnastics competition, but at least some American Jews likely cheered a little louder.

“For people who are part of a minority, to see one of your own have this international recognition gives you enormous satisfaction and pride,” said Rabbi Keith Stern of Temple Beth Avodah in Newton Centre, Mass., where Raisman has worshipped since childhood.

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Eric Blauer

Conservative Christians, like myself, have to figure out how to represent Christ and human dignity in ways that disarm this type of bigotry instead of inflaming the flawed rhetoric and dangerous ignorance that undergirds such prejudice. Eric Blauer A gay man’s stabbing close to my home, has struck close to …

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Does the contraception mandate really kill religious freedom?

The Obama administration’s policy requiring most employers to provide free birth control coverage in their health insurance policies takes effect on Wednesday (Aug. 1) -- a deadline that has sparked apocalyptic warnings from conservative activists and some faith groups.
“August 1st is a day that will live in infamy for the First Amendment and the fundamental freedoms and rights we as a people have enjoyed since the founding of our nation,” said Brent Bozell, head of ForAmerica.

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