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Florida Rabble-Rouser Seeks To Open Civic Meeting With Satanist Prayer

The Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the constitutionality of saying secular prayers before government meetings. Chaz Stevens is testing the court's opinion in Deerfield Beach.
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Kidnappers In Nigeria Distorting Muslim Faith?

Boko Haram claims that its kidnapping of Nigerian girls was a decree from Allah. But The Islamic Monthly's Arsalan Iftikhar says the group must take a closer look at what the religion actually says.
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Accusations Of Embezzlement, Sex Roil Old Kentucky Monastery

A former accountant for the Abbey of Gethsemani is accused of stealing more than $1 million. But he says he was targeted for revealing details of what he says were sexual affairs inside the monastery.
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Brunei's Shariah Law Spurs Boycott Of Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills City Council voted Tuesday to ask Brunei's government to divest itself of the famed luxury hotel. Brunei's harsh new laws have made its hotels a target of celebrity boycotts.
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UN Committee Grills Vatican Officials On Sex Abuse

A U.N. committee has found that systematic sex abuse by priests in the Catholic Church amounted to torture. At the Holy See's first appearance before the committee, experts on the panel peppered the representative with questions. On Tuesday, the Vatican has a chance to respond.
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Vatican Tells U.N. Committee That Abuse Claims Have Dropped

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said there had been a "stabilization and even decline of cases of pedophilia."
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Blessed Be Thy Bicycle: New York Riders Roll Into Church

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine held its 16th annual ceremony to bless the city's bikes and cyclists on Saturday. Some come for God's help; others are just hoping for "a little extra mojo."
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First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Announces Divorce

"My belief in marriage is undiminished by the reality of divorcing someone I have loved for a very long time," Bishop Gene Robinson says.
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Yiddish Culture Takes Center Stage

An effort to preserve the Yiddish language is getting a boost from the theater world. The artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene talks about preserving the language through art.
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As Egyptian Laws Tighten, One Outlaw Preacher Defies State Power

Wary of the messages people are hearing in mosques, the Egyptian government is telling tens of thousands of preachers what they should be saying in their sermons. One preacher is defying the order.

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