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On Eve of Super Bowl XLVII, Survey Finds Nearly 3-in-10 Americans Say God Plays a Role in Outcomes of Sports Events

On Eve of Super Bowl XLVII, Survey Finds Nearly 3-in-10 Americans Say God Plays a Role in Outcomes of Sports Events | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Likely to Tune in to Super Bowl   WASHINGTON — Even though only 3 percent of Americans identify as fans of the Baltimore Ravens (1 percent) or San Francisco 49ers (2 percent), 66 percent of Americans are likely to...
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SPORTS REALLY IS A RELIGION...

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Islamic TV station in England fined for inciting violence - Religion News Service

Islamic TV station in England fined for inciting violence - Religion News Service | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
(RNS) One caller to the TV program asked in Urdu what punishment was due for anyone showing disrespect to the Prophet Muhammad. "We are ready, and should be ready at all times, to kill a blasphemer,” was the response.
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Pope Francis Wins Twitter!

Pope Francis Wins Twitter! | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
A recent study by Twiplomacy reports that Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets from his @Pontifex account.
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AND IF THIS DOESN'T MAKE THE CASE FOR ALL RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO BE ON TWITTER, I DON'T KNOW WHAT DOES!

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A Celebrity Chef Appeals to a Legacy of Black Forgiveness

A Celebrity Chef Appeals to a Legacy of Black Forgiveness | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
African-American Christians, drawing on both the Jesus narrative and the civil rights movement, have become well-practiced at forgiving their racist tormentors.
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Ex-gay group Exodus International shuts down, president apologizes

Ex-gay group Exodus International shuts down, president apologizes | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
(RNS) Exodus International, a group that bills itself as “the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality,”...
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Pew-Forum: Gay Marriage Attitudes

Pew-Forum: Gay Marriage Attitudes | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
A series of graphics shows how public opinion toward same-sex marriage has changed in Pew Research Center polls since 2001. See how much opinion varies by generation, religious group, gender, race and political party.
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WATCH: High School Valedictorian Rips Up Speech, Recites Lord's Prayer Instead

WATCH: High School Valedictorian Rips Up Speech, Recites Lord's Prayer Instead | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
While delivering his graduation speech over the weekend, a high school valedictorian sent shock waves through the crowd when he ditched his original speech and recited the Lord's Prayer instead.
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Evangelicals launch $250,000 immigration campaign - Religion News Service

Evangelicals launch $250,000 immigration campaign - Religion News Service | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
(RNS) The Southern Baptists' Russell Moore says evangelicals are more aggressive this time around because more immigrants have joined their congregations, giving members a better understanding of who they are.
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Anti-alcohol bill leaves many Turks dispirited

Anti-alcohol bill leaves many Turks dispirited | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
Turkey is about to enact the strictest alcohol laws in the republic's 89-year history.
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Study suggests bad World War II experiences led vets to church

Study suggests bad World War II experiences led vets to church | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
 

(RNS) A new study has found that American veterans who had a negative experience serving during World War II attend church more freque...
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Think about the implications of this finding for the future of all of the vets from the last several wars! HH

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Resetting the Rabbinate - Hayim Herring

Resetting the Rabbinate - Hayim Herring | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
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I'd love to hear your comments on my recent blog post. Thanks!

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The Ten Commandments - A Song for Shavuot

http://www.g-dcast.com/shavuot Download the Curriculum: http://www.g-dcast.com/shavuot-lesson-guide Join Naomi Less for a rockin trip through the Ten Command...
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What do you think of this update? 

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Orphan Fever: The Evangelical Movement's Adoption Obsession

Orphan Fever: The Evangelical Movement's Adoption Obsession | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
When devout Christian families made it their mission to save children from war-torn countries, the match was often far from heavenly.
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Internet Marriages on Rise in Some Immigrant Communities

Internet Marriages on Rise in Some Immigrant Communities | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
Some international couples are marrying by proxy over the Internet, a practice so new that immigration authorities say they do not typically watch for it in their efforts to detect fraud.
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Another outcome of the spread and accessibility of technology.

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New Muslim superhero is a Wonder Woman-like education warrior - Religion News Service

New Muslim superhero is a Wonder Woman-like education warrior - Religion News Service | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
(RNS) Pakistan's new animated television series, "Burka Avenger," features a female Muslim teacher disguised in a tight black outfit with a cape and ninja-style head cover who throws heavy books and sharp pens at men who oppose education for girls.
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The Church’s Errant Shepherds

The Church’s Errant Shepherds | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
Cardinal Dolan and other Catholic leaders have responded to the abuse crisis the way the cunning chieftains of a corporation might.
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Study: Religious oppression rises despite Arab Spring

Study: Religious oppression rises despite Arab Spring | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (RNS) People who hoped the Arab Spring would lead to greater religious freedom across the Middle East have been sorely disappoi...
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Francis X. Rocca: Pope Francis Is Good for the Jews

Francis X. Rocca: Pope Francis Is Good for the Jews | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal Houses of Worship column, Francis Rocca says that a repair process that began with John Paul II just might be completed by Pope Francis.
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Same-Sex Marriage State-by-State

Same-Sex Marriage State-by-State | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
To date, courts, legislatures and voters in 12 states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage, while 30 states have amended their constitutions to ban gay marriage.
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Will Saudi Arabia end child marriage?

Will Saudi Arabia end child marriage? | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
By Suad Abu-Dayyeh, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Suad Abu-Dayyeh is the Middle East and North Africa consultant for Equality Now, an advocacy group for the human rights of women and girls around the world.
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A possible small step in ending child marriages-but the problem is hugely significant.

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Oldest known Torah scroll discovered in Italy - Religion News Service

Oldest known Torah scroll discovered in Italy - Religion News Service | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
ROME (RNS) The scroll had been stored for centuries in the archives of the University of Bologna, but had been mislabeled in 1889 as dating from the 17th century.
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The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
A new survey report looks at attitudes among Muslims in 39 countries on a wide range of topics, from science to sharia, polygamy to popular culture.
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Will there be a ‘mass exodus’ of religious groups from the Scouts?

Will there be a ‘mass exodus’ of religious groups from the Scouts? | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
(RNS) Now that Boy Scout delegates have taken their long-awaited vote and permitted openly gay Scouts, will there be a mass exodus by reli...
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An exodus-maybe. Mass exodus-time will tell. Alternative to Boy Scouts-likely. HH

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In the Boy Scouts’ Gay Debate, Religion Beyond the Right

In the Boy Scouts’ Gay Debate, Religion Beyond the Right | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
As a closer look at the Boy Scouts’ debate shows, God doesn’t wear tidy political labels.
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Analysis of the issue is on point and so is the broader issue of how narrowly some people define "religious."

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Beneath the stereotypes, a stressful life for preachers' kids - Religion News Service

Beneath the stereotypes, a stressful life for preachers' kids - Religion News Service | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
(RNS) Between the stereotypes of preachers' kids as either goody two-shoes or devilish hellions lies a tense and sometimes taxing reality, the children of clergy say. Just ask Franklin Graham.
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The Orthodox Surge

The Orthodox Surge | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
A thriving Jewish counterculture prompts reflections on collective commitments in the modern age.
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A romanticized description that lumps together all of Orthodoxy and ignores dangerous fundamentalist trends at the extremes. 

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