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From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith

Teresa MacBain admits that when she was ordained as a minister, she had big questions. She thought they'd make her faith stronger, but instead they haunted her. Then one day, she couldn't take it anymore. In a move that's left her unemployed and nearly friendless, MacBain has come out as an atheist — and she says it's a big relief.
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In Spain, The Church Offers More Than Salvation

Spain has Europe's highest jobless rate, but the Catholic Church is still hiring. A group of Spanish bishops has produced a recruitment video as they seek to boost the dwindling numbers of priests. And it appears to be having some initial success.
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Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That

Sikhs and other religious and minority groups often say they're unfairly singled out for additional screening. Now they hope to make their case with the help of a new mobile app.
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Pastor Joel Osteen: An Everyday Message, Magnified

Osteen is the pastor of the largest church in America: Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His television program reaches more than 10 million households in the U.S. What's made him so popular? Osteen says it has more to do with positive messages than scripture readings.
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Thieves' Cover-Ups Raise Concerns Among Muslims

Some criminals in Philadelphia have adopted a troubling disguise — they're dressing as Muslim women, with their faces and bodies covered in traditional Muslim attire. The Muslim community is outraged over the rash of crimes, which they say could subject women to unpleasant scrutiny and suspicion.
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Party Of Reagan? No, Party Of Falwell, Writer Says

Rev. Jerry Falwell was a typical kid, more interested in pranks than church or politics. But he went on to create some of the country's most important Christian fundamentalist institutions and leave an indelible mark on today's Republican party. Host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Sean Winters about his biography on Falwell, God's Right Hand.
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Vatican Reprimand Of U.S. Nuns Divides Faithful

The Vatican reprimanded America's largest organization of Catholic nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The Holy See charged the LCWR with promoting programs with "radical feminist themes" that are incompatible with doctrine on issues ranging from homosexuality to women's ordination.

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