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Arizona is a Republican mainstay. But it's also the site of a budding "political humanism" movement.
(RNS) A new, humanist-based communications firm is promoting a slate of nine out-and-proud atheist/humanist candidates in Arizona, more than any other state. Can they win? That's not the point.
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Humanism? Religions' only interest in "humans", is to control them.
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"I know about all these depictions," says Cardinal Burke. "People call me ‘the enemy of the pope’ and so forth. I have never been and I am not presently the enemy of the pope.”
(RNS) Ever since Pope Francis was elected, he has faced strong opposition to his push for church reforms -- and the face of that opposition has often been Cardinal Raymond Burke.
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“Faith is not a substitute for hard work, perseverance or talent,” said Joel Fish, director of Philadelphia’s Center for Sport Psychology, who has worked with athletes at the Olympic and professional level. “But when those bases are covered, I believe faith, for certain athletes, can be a source of comfort, of motivation, of consistency.” #Olympics 
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Everyday Sunday singer Trey Pearson came out as gay in this letter.
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Baylor University has fired President Kenneth Starr over his handling of a sexual assault scandal — a turn of events that drips with irony for the former prosecutor’s critics.
(RNS) The former investigator of the Lewinsky affair is felled over a sexual abuse scandal at the nation's largest Baptist university.
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Ordaining women as deacons may or may not happen. But the process could have other, maybe unintended, consequences.
(RNS) Ordaining women as deacons may, or may not, happen, but the process could have other, maybe unintended, consequences.
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After a devastating earthquake in Italy, volunteers are trying to help find victims. But it's not easy.
ROME (RNS) 'Everything is destroyed,' says a local bishop.
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Meet four Muslim American military veterans.
(RNS) Four military veterans shared their experiences as Muslims serving in the armed forces.
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“You see people wearing scarves, people are pointing fingers at them and throwing them out of flights and calling them names when they pass by and all of that,” Khizr Khan said. “Most Americans are against this kind of nonsense, but there is an element that has gotten voice, has been encouraged by this political rhetoric, and especially this election season has made it worse.”

And Donald Trump isn't helping, the Khans say.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — During the past year, the Khans say they have heard rising fears from Muslim friends and family members, especially children.
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“As sinful and terrible as this was and is, it is the response of the church that provides a most dire cause for confession. We at times failed to act, to respond with urgency and integrity. We betrayed your trust. I offer you my deep sorrow and profound regret for what the Catholic people have endured."
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A small, but growing number of transgender students seek out divinity school precisely because it is a place where they can wrestle with questions about their place and purpose in the universe.
(RNS) A small, but growing number of transgender students seek out divinity school precisely because it is a place where they can wrestle with questions about their place and purpose in the universe.
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Ben Shahn’s art was infused with the political passions of his time. He expressed them by retelling the Hebrew Bible’s stories of slavery, exile and freedom in images of garment workers, cotton pickers, labor organizers, immigrants and refugees.
(RNS) Sanders, like Shahn, calls out for social and economic justice.
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