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Hard-Line Muslims Test Indonesia's Tolerance

Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population and has drawn praise for evolving into a vibrant, pluralistic democracy. But the rise of hard-line Muslim groups and recent cases of religious persecution have led some to question whether it lives up to that reputation.
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Nine-Year-Old Stands Up To Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church members travel the country holding up signs saying God hates everything from homosexuals to America. Recently, nine-year-old Josef Miles made his own sign which read "God Hates No One," and the photo of him next to the Westboro protesters went viral. Miles and his mother Patty Akrouche talk with host Michel Martin.
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VA Training Helps Clergy Minister To Vets

Veterans dealing with the trauma of war will often turn to a priest or pastor of their church for guidance before going to a mental health professional. Experts say that type of support can be especially important in rural areas that aren't near a VA medical center.
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Blacks, Gays And The Church: A Complex Relationship

While many black pastors condemn homosexuality from the pulpit, the choir lofts behind them are often filled with gay singers and musicians. The fact that gays and lesbians often hold leadership position in the church is the worst kept secret in black America.
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Catholic Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Birth Control Rule

More than 40 Catholic educational, charitable and other entities filed a dozen lawsuits in federal court around the nation Monday, charging that the Obama Administration's rule requiring coverage of birth control in most health insurance plans violates their religious freedom.
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Archdiocese Of Washington Challenges Contraception Mandate

The Archdiocese of Washington is suing the federal government to challenge the mandate that birth control be included in healthcare coverage for religious-affiliated institutions.

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The Politics Of Catholic Schools' Graduation Speakers

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is up in arms over Georgetown University's invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak during commencement weekend. Church officials are upset about Sebelius' role in the creation of the contraception mandate in the federal health reform law. It's one of several controversies surrounding graduation speakers that have cropped up this spring.

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