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Justices Rule Ministers Exempt From Anti-Bias Laws

In a unanimous and groundbreaking decision Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that ministers can be fired without regard to civil rights laws. But on the more difficult question of determining who is a minister, the court was equivocal, saying that would have to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
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Episcopal Church Restored As Owner Of 7 Va. Churches

A judge has ruled that the Episcopal Church will retain ownership of seven area churches whose congregations defected, dismayed by the church's liberal theology.


Court Strikes Down Okla. Sharia Ban

A federal court has ruled that Oklahoma cannot implement a state ban on Islamic Sharia law. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling blocking Oklahoma's Sharia ban.

Mormon Missionaries Balance Politics, Proselytizing

Two Mormon missionaries in their 20s say they have to navigate proselytizing and politics as they go door to door in New Hampshire days before the primary. They are stumping for Jesus as part of their two-year mission for the Mormon Church, but they are sometimes pressed by voters to give opinions on the two Mormon candidates running for president: Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. The experience has them reflecting on religion and politics.

Has Obama Waged A War On Religion?

Americans' religious liberties are under attack — or at least that's what some conservatives say. They argue that by pushing through laws supporting contraception and gays rights, the administration is showing its hostility. But the story is much more complicated than either side makes out.
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Former Baltimore Archbishop Named Cardinal

Edwin O'Brien, who served as archbishop in Baltimore from October 2007 until August of last year, was one of 22 new cardinals named by the Pope today.


'Flunking Sainthood,' Lessons From Failure

Despite the best intentions and plans for success, many New Year's resolutions fall by the wayside. Jana Reiss, author of the new memoir Flunking Sainthood, spent a year trying to reconnect with her faith. But she admits she failed at every step. Reiss speaks with host Michel Martin about what she learned from failure.