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Mormon Democrats On Drawing On Faith For Politics

For the first time, a Mormon is leading the GOP ticket. The vast majority of Mormons identify as Republican or conservative, according to Pew Research Center. But some Mormon Democrats say their numbers are growing. Host Michel Martin speaks with a roundtable of Mormons who find inspiration in their faith for liberal political positions.
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Vanishing Vultures A Grave Matter For India's Parsis

Parsis brought their Zoroastrian faith, and unique funeral rituals, to India from Iran a thousand years ago. Parsis believe burying or cremating the dead pollutes nature and traditionally relied on birds of prey to devour corpses. That tradition is now under threat, due in part to a vulture shortage.
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Mormon Democrats Battling Romney — And What Would Be Church History

With Mitt Romney vying to become the first Mormon president, Democratic members of the predominantly Republican faith have an especially tough sell this year. At the Democratic National Convention, they discuss why they think their religious values are more in line with Democratic policies.
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An Individualist Approach To The Hebrew Bible

In his new book, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, scholar Yoram Hazony makes the case that the ancient texts are a work of philosophy in narrative form. The scriptures are a cautionary tale — an epic that advocates wariness of great imperial powers and individualism in the face of authority.
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Fears About Shariah Law Take Hold In Tennessee

It's getting tougher to be a Republican in some parts of the country while also fully accepting the practice of Islam. In Tennessee, an incumbent in the U.S. House found herself on the defensive after being called soft on Shariah law, the code that guides Muslim beliefs and actions.
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Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Founder Of Unification Church, Dies

Moon had been hospitalized in South Korea two week ago with pneumonia. He was 92 years old.
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Rev. Moon, A 'Savior' To Some, Lived A Big Dream

The controversial founder of the Unification Church said Jesus spoke to him when he was 16. Sun Myung Moon said Jesus wanted him to fulfill his mission of creating the "true family." Moon considered himself the Messiah and was known for conducting mass weddings and attracting thousands of young followers. He was 92.

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American Taliban Sues For Religious Freedom

John Walker Lindh's lawsuit says a prison ban on group prayer violates his right to practice his religion freely. But the government argues that group prayer would allow the prisoners to undermine safety and plot together.

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