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N.J.: NYPD Crossed The Line In Monitoring Muslims

There's new controversy over the New York Police Department's intelligence-gathering tactics after documents surfaced detailing information on Newark mosques and Muslim-owned businesses. Activists see it as an overly broad investigation of law-abiding Muslims, while local officials are upset by the department's reach outside New York City.
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Pentagon Official Apologizes For Burning Quran

A senior Pentagon official apologized to Washington-area Muslims, for burning Qurans at a military base in Afghanistan.

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How To Properly Dispose Of Sacred Texts

The burning of Qurans by the U.S. military in Afghanistan has led to days of rioting by Muslims who say it was a desecration of their holy book and an affront to Islam. Many faiths prescribe specific rituals for disposing of their sacred texts.
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Southern Baptist Convention Debates Name Change

The largest protestant denomination in the US — the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) — has been talking for years about a name change. The word "Southern" has its roots in a church split over the issue of slavery that took place before the Civil War, nearly 170 years ago. These days, some church members feel the denomination's regional-sounding name is a hindrance to its mission nationwide. A task force for the SBC has now formally explored the question of dropping the word "Southern." Host Audie Cornish talks with the SBC's President, Reverend Bryant Wright, about what the task force is recommending.
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The Dialogue Around Gay Marriage In Black Churches

A bill that could legalize same-sex marriage has cleared the Maryland House and is expected to pass in the Senate. A majority of black clergy in the state argue that same-sex marriage conflicts with the teachings of the Bible, but some pastors have spoken out in support of the bill.
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American Muslim Women Lift The Veil On Love Lives

Love InshAllah features personal essays from 25 women of different backgrounds and circumstances. Fans of love stories are curious and fascinated, but critics say the collection is salacious and sensational. Host Michel Martin and the book's contributing editor Ayesha Mattu discuss these stories of faith, love and the will to open up.
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Pa. Priest Faces Trial On Child Abuse Cover-Up

Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia is the first cleric to be criminally charged with covering up child sex abuse by a priest. Jury selection begins Feb. 21 in a case that will set enormous precedent for future sex abuse litigation.

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