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In a first, atheist activist addresses conservative conference

(RNS) American Atheists and the Conservative Political Action Conference are having a do-over. CPAC, an annual gathering of political conservatives wooed by Republican presidential hopefuls, has not only allowed American Atheists, a national advocacy organization, an infor…
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3 ways relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’

(RNS) Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of a “lost” gospel or an “explosive” archaeological find that purports to shed light on the man from Galilee can generate a media fr…
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Islamic State refugees grow disgruntled: ‘We loved them so much’

SANLIURFA, Turkey (RNS) Hassan, a chain-smoking 20-year-old from Syria, sits in a cafe across the border from his homeland, one of thousands who escaped the clutches of the Islamic State group. Not so long ago, he was one of their recruits, having undergone four months of…
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Islamic State militant ‘Jihadi John’ named by media

LONDON (RNS) The Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John,” who has been seen in videos of hostages’ beheadings, was identified Thursday (Feb. 26) by the BBC and The Washington Post. Mohammed Emwazi, who is in his mid-20s, is believed to be a Kuwaiti-born British man f…
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