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Mixed Reaction To Changes In States 'Religious Freedom' Bills

Revisions to the measures in Indiana and Arkansas were prompted by a loud backlash from opponents who said the laws were meant to condone discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Vatican? More Like Vatican't! Eat Spaghetti, That Is

Pope Francis' doctors are telling him to lay off pasta and get more exercise. But Francis, who reportedly eats a plate of spaghetti every day, has not taken well to the suggestions.

National Outrage Pushes Indiana To Tweak Religious Freedom Law

A week after signing a religious freedom bill into law, Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a new bill — one aimed at quelling the firestorm of controversy that erupted over the original.

Indiana Church Opposed State's Earlier Religious Liberty Law

Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) talks to Steve Inskeep about why she and other religious leaders could not support Indiana's original religious freedom law.

Muslims Will Outnumber Christians This Century, Pew Says

A Pew study released this week says that by the middle of the century there will be about 2.8 billion Muslims worldwide. Within that period, Muslims will outnumber Jews in the United States.

Mourning The Matzo: Iconic N.Y. Factory To Leave Former Jewish Hub

It's the end of an era: After nearly a century, the Streit's matzo factory is leaving Manhattan's Lower East Side. This Passover will be its last there. Streit's plans to move to a new factory.

Megachurch Founder, Televangelist Robert Schuller Dies At 88

The pastor who built his church from nothing in the 1960s also launched the Hour of Power broadcast a decade later. By 2010, however, the palatial Crystal Cathedral was forced into bankruptcy.

Indiana, Arkansas Struggle With Changes To 'Religious Freedom' Laws

The states, which both passed legislation that critics say would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, have been forced to backtrack following protests.

World's Muslim Population Will Surpass Christians This Century, Pew Says

Islam is growing more rapidly than any other religion in the world, according to the Pew Research Center, which predicts that Islam will nearly equal Christianity by 2050 before eclipsing it.

What's Changed Since The First Religious Liberty Law Was Passed In 1993?

When the first Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed, the vote in Congress was nearly unanimous — it was a bipartisan love fest. We examine how religious freedom laws have become so controversial.