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Catholic Bishops Revolt Against Birth Control Rules

There's a battle going on between U.S. Catholic bishops and the Obama administration over its recent directive requiring religious institutions to offer coverage for contraception in their health care plans. Some have announced they will not comply with the mandate. Others are calling on parishioners to "defend the faith" and speak out against what they call an intrusion against religious liberty.
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'Obedient Wives Club' Irks Some Muslims In Malaysia

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, religious authorities recently broke up a meeting of a controversial religious group. The group is observing the Prophet Muhammad's birthday with a campaign to promote what it describes as an "Islamic sex life," based on polygamy and the obedience of wives to their husbands. The group's critics are not sure whether it's a joke to be dismissed or a threat to be eliminated.
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Exploring The Real 'Conflict': Science Vs. Naturalism

Whether it's creationism vs. evolution, miracles vs. magic tricks, or faith vs. fact, religion and science have long been pitted against one another. But in a new book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, philosopher Alvin Plantinga argues that religion and science share more common ground than you might think. He discusses the book with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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Off The Record: A Quest For De-Baptism In France

A 71-year-old man is fighting to make a formal break with the Catholic Church. He's taken the church to court over its refusal to let him nullify his baptism, and the case could have far-reaching effects.
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A Lawyer, Not A Sage, Creates Talmud Index

Generations of scholars have studied the ancient, 63-volume central text of Jewish faith, law and practice without the help of an index. But Daniel Retter has recently created what is believed to be the first comprehensive index for the Talmud. He speaks with host Michel Martin about spending seven years on the massive project.
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Boykin Tempers Anti-Islam Tone At Ocean City Event

Lt. Gen. William Boykin delivered comments on the topic of Islam Thursday, after a speech at a mayor's breakfast event in Ocean City, Md., demonstrating a more moderate tone.

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Controversial Speaker Will Appear In Ocean City Despite Protests

The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in Ocean City, Md. will play host to U.S. Army Lieutenant General William Jerry Boykin, over objections from groups who accuse the retired officer of making hateful comments about Islam.

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