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Politics And Religion Mix In Presidential Primaries

On Wednesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry invoked stories of Paul to inspire Liberty University students to speak out against Washington politicians. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is also open about her religion. The Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody and Religion Dispatches' Sarah Posner discuss when it's fair game to ask candidates tough questions about faith.
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Perry Focuses On Faith At Christian University

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, visited Liberty University after what some considered a lackluster showing in this week's Tea Party debate in Tampa. Perry largely avoided politics, speaking about his inspirations and his faith.
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Clerical Abuse Victims Seek Justice At World Court

A group representing victims of abuse by clerics of the Catholic Church are asking the International Criminal Court to investigate the Vatican. The group says high-level officials should be prosecuted for what it calls a "widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population."
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How Being Muslim In America Has Changed Since 9/11

Data from the Pew Research Center shows that 55 percent of Muslim Americans believe that it is harder to be a Muslim in the United States since 9/11. Pew's director of survey research Scott Keeter shares the results of the Center's Muslim American Survey.
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Clergy Insulted By Speaking Ban At Sept. 11 Events

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is banning clergy-led prayer at this weekend's events marking the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The mayor's office says he wants to avoid disagreements over which religious leaders participate. Some religious groups are calling the ban a sign of prejudice against religion.
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Memories Of Sept. 11's First Casualty Endure

Father Mychal Judge was a beloved Fire Department of New York chaplain known for savoring life. He was also the first recorded victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Ten years later, he's recalled as the priest who flouted convention, yet was also revered as a saint.
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9/11 Anniversary: Local Muslims Reflect On Changes, Good And Bad

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik of Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va.

In the 10 years since 9/11, Muslims in Northern Virginia have seen as much scrutiny from federal law enforcement and the national media as any community in the country. That attention has forced local Muslim groups to evolve and adapt, but it's not clear to some within the community whether the changes have been for the better. 

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The Evangelicals Engaged In Spiritual Warfare

A new Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and Jesus' return is becoming more of a presence in American politics. Rachel Tabachnick, who researches the religious right, explains its beliefs and influences.
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Pastor Bans Fried Chicken, Promotes Health

In Miss., church attendees share meals that include lots of mac and cheese, pork chops and fried food. But Miss. has the highest obesity rate in the U.S. Local Rev. Michael Minor is spreading the gospel of healthy eating, and The National Baptist Convention has asked him to create health and wellness plans to influence other churches. He speaks with host Michel Martin.

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