In a part of America that was once claimed by imperial Russia, a unique combination of Native American and Russian Orthodox influences mingle in a graveyard. There, spirit houses are built to house the dead and ease their passage.
The Midwest is home to the largest collection of grottoes, or man-made caves, in the world. And the mother of them all — encrusted in $6 million worth of semiprecious stones — is in West Bend, Iowa, the life's work of a priest after he survived pneumonia. It turns 100 this weekend.
The first minarets in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are about to be placed atop a new mosque. But when construction is done, no one will be able to move in — the latest development in a two-year legal fight over whether adequate notice was given for a public meeting that approved the mosque's construction.
The effort, dubbed "Fortnight for Freedom," will involve praying, fasting and rallies against what the Catholic bishops call an assault on religious freedom by the Obama administration. But parishioners worry that the movement is splitting the church.
Many religious parents use the line, "spare the rod, spoil the child" to defend corporal punishment. That rationale was put in the spotlight when televangelist Creflo Dollar was arrested for allegedly assaulting his daughter. Host Michel Martin asks three prominent faith leaders — and dads — whether the saying still rings true in churches.
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