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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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Hold the Phone: A Big-Data Conundrum

Hold the Phone: A Big-Data Conundrum | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
Why does my phone seem to slow down when a new one is introduced? The data show correlations, not conclusions.
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The advantages and limitations of big data

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Netanyahu condemns ‘abominable murder’ of Arab teenager

Netanyahu condemns ‘abominable murder’ of Arab teenager | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
Day after three slain Israel teens laid to rest, Israelis mourn and tensions flare in the capital; Temple Mount closed for fear of violent clashes
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Palestinian and Jewish blood are equal. If Jewish vigilantes murdered teen, the same standard of just applies: wanted, dead (if they resist) or alive.

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Rabbi a Cardinal Never Knew: His Grandfather

Rabbi a Cardinal Never Knew: His Grandfather | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
The sister of Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor, the Catholic Church’s top official in New York for 16 years, made a surprising discovery: Their mother had converted from Judaism to Catholicism.
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Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger was a born Jew who converted to Catholicism and was appointed a cardinal. Bookends to storybooks of religious journeys in the modern world. 

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Wilkes-Barre Jews bet on $11 million hub to save community

Wilkes-Barre Jews bet on $11 million hub to save community | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
The Jewish community of Wilkes-Barre is shrinking, down to 1,800 at last count. So why is it spending millions of dollars to build a new Jewish community campus?
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If you build it, they will not come. Hope I am wrong, but it seems like a risky bet.

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Expected far-right surge in European elections raises worries

Expected far-right surge in European elections raises worries | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
Far-right parties are riding an anti-EU wave to become a powerful force in the next European Parliament.
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Minorities have good reason to be concerned.

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United Church of Christ sues over NC ban on same-sex marriage

United Church of Christ sues over NC ban on same-sex marriage | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
A group of Charlotte-area ministers has helped launch the country’s first faith-based challenge to same-sex marriage, claiming in a lawsuit filed Monday that North Carolina’s laws block them from practicing their religion.
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Fascinating: religious leaders sue State of NC over ban against same sex marriage

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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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A Tale of 2 Photos: Before & After Iron Dome Alert-Hayim Herring

A Tale of 2 Photos: Before & After Iron Dome Alert-Hayim Herring | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
  (This post is about my recent 3 week visit to Israel, where I spent most of my time in Jerusalem.)   Words just don’t cut it when describing what it’s like to be caught outdoors when an incoming missile alert siren sounds. Especially the part that news reporters don’t record—the ten minutes after the …
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Insight into the experience of being in a country under attack. Imagine living in Manhattan and having rockets launched from Westchester, or Philly and having rockets launched from Atlantic City, or Minneapolis and having rockets launched from Rochester. How resilient would we be?

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Israel bombs Gaza after settlers found killed

Israel bombs Gaza after settlers found killed | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
Air raids come hours after Israeli PM blames Hamas for deaths of three missing settlers.
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Disgraceful article--referring to 3 teenage boys abducted and murdered by terrorists as "bodies of three settlers." There are two sides to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but one universal truth: It is never acceptable for anyone-Jew, Christian, Muslim, atheist, gay, straight, male, female--to brutally steal a life in the name of politics. And aljazeera further dehumanizes this crime against human life by politicizing the intentional murder of 3 children. 

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Rabbi-Produced Ugandan CD Wins Music Award

Rabbi-Produced Ugandan CD Wins Music Award | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
“Delicious Peace,” a rabbi-produced CD of original Ugandan songs, won best world traditional album at the Independent Music Awards. Watch a video here.
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Peace through caffeine-more should try it!

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Avoid Bad Rabbi? There's an App for That – The Sisterhood

Avoid Bad Rabbi? There's an App for That – The Sisterhood | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
A new Israeli app crowd-sources reviews of rabbis from couples. Like the traffic-busting Waze, it can help them avoid big problems on the road to marriage.
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Rate a rabbi-new app in development. If this takes off, what are the implications for congregations?

 

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Botched execution could slam brakes on death penalty - Religion News Service

Botched execution could slam brakes on death penalty - Religion News Service | Religion and Life | Scoop.it
(RNS) Richard Dieter, executive director of the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center, said the Oklahoma case would add momentum to efforts to halt lethal injection until the process is better understood and there is more transparency to what states are trying to do.
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However you feel about the death penalty, this is just ethically wrong and cruel.

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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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