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  • Arab atheists, though few, inch out of the shadows
    An openly self-described atheist is an extreme rarity in the Arab world, where the Muslim majority is on the whole deeply conservative. It's socially tolerated to not be actively religious, to decide not to pray or carry out other acts of faith, or to have secular attitudes. But to outright declare oneself an atheist can lead to ostracism by family and friends, and if too public can draw retaliation from Islamist hard-liners or even authorities.August 3, 2013
  • Controversial Westboro Baptist Church group protests same-sex marriage law
    Demonstrators from a controversial church in Topeka, Kan., came to Minnesota Thursday to protest the first day of same-sex marriage in the state.August 1, 2013
  • Should military chaplains have to believe in God?
    The United States military chaplaincy program has a proud heritage that stretches all the way back to the Continental Army during the American Revolution. But are they ready for an atheist chaplain?August 1, 2013
  • Pope says he won't judge gay priests
    Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.July 29, 2013
  • Marriage license deadline today for Aug. 1 weddings, both straight and gay
    Today is the last day for Minnesotans to apply for same-sex marriage licenses and still manage a wedding on Aug. 1, when same-sex marriage becomes legal in the state.July 26, 2013
  • Aspen Ideas Festival: David Brooks on character, virtue and success
    David Brooks speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival about "The Inverse Logic of Life." Brooks says the key to actual happiness and a life that matters is to balance the material life and the spiritual life. To have a rich inner life, humility is a central virtue.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, July 24, 2013
  • For some Minnesota Methodists, a same-sex marriage conundrum on Aug. 1
    Minnesota's new marriage law goes into effect Aug. 1, creating new urgency for many faith communities about whether they will perform such weddings, particularly those that have been wrestling with how to address sexual orientation for decades. Among those torn over the issue are Methodists, who have a unique history on the matter in Minnesota.July 22, 2013
  • Same-sex marriage in Minnesota: A cross-section of faith communities' approaches
    Same-sex couples can legally wed in Minnesota on Aug. 1. Marriage in the eyes of the state's many faith communities, however, is a different matter. Reactions from Minnesota religious organizations -- and sometimes from within those organizations -- vary widely.July 22, 2013
  • As Minnesota prepares for same-sex weddings, churches debate their role
    Same-sex marriage will be legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1. How will churches across the state respond?The Daily Circuit, July 21, 2013
  • LGBT group finds acceptance at evangelical college
    An openly gay seminarian hopes to promote acceptance for other gays in the broader evangelical community through his role as president of the nation's first LGBT student club sanctioned by a major evangelical seminary. The group, called OneTable, formed last fall at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, one of the world's largest multi-denominational seminaries, and has attracted about three dozen students.July 13, 2013
  • Judge blocks new Wisconsin abortion law
    The bill was introduced in the Legislature on June 4, passed nine days later and signed into law Friday by Gov. Scott Walker. It took effect Monday.July 9, 2013
  • Francis: Church shouldn't fear structural renewal
    Pope Francis called for structural renewal in the Catholic church to keep up with the times, although advising future priests and nuns Saturday to shun costly trappings like the latest smart phones so they can use more resources to help the poor.July 6, 2013
  • Few Wis. clergy abuse victims got large sums
    An Associated Press analysis of documents released this week found most of the $30 million the archdiocese paid out through mid-2012 went to victim settlements and therapy, but the bulk of it went to just a few victims -- while hundreds of others got no money at all.July 5, 2013
  • Plymouth Church's summer home: Temple Israel
    A Minneapolis Christian congregation that's over 150 years old is worshiping at one of the city's most-established synagogues this summer.July 2, 2013
  • Milwaukee priest sex abuse records to be released
    A deal reached in federal bankruptcy court between the archdiocese and victims suing it for fraud called for the documents to be made public by July 1.July 1, 2013

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