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What Catholics can teach America about polarized politics (COMMENTARY)

WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans of all stripes bemoan political polarization. For people who claim to derive their political values from their religious traditions, polarization raises vexing questions. More than perhaps any other group, faithful Catholics struggle to reconcile t…
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Whose group sponsored provocative Muhammad cartoon contest?

Pamela Geller is good at getting attention. She’s a celebrity blogger and fiery activist who founded the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which describes itself as a human rights organization that defends freedom of speech by speaking out against global jihad and Islam…
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Congo-Brazzaville bans Muslim women from wearing full-face veils, citing terrorism prevention

(RNS) Congo-Brazzaville, a Central African nation, has banned women from wearing a full-face veil in public, saying it wanted to prevent terrorist acts. Recently, the country has witnessed an increased influx of Muslims as people affected by the war in the neighboring Cent…
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5 faith facts about Ben Carson: retired neurosurgeon, Seventh-day Adventist

(RNS) Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon once best known for separating conjoined baby twins, announced Monday (May 4) that he will pursue the Republican nomination for U.S. president. Carson is now known as a culture warrior whose criticisms of President Obama have made h…
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5 faith facts about Carly Fiorina: ‘What you make of yourself is your gift to God’

(RNS) Carly Fiorina formally launched her 2016 presidential run Monday (May 4). But she’s long been working the Christian talk and radio circuit, appealing to a traditional Christian voter base. Here are five faith facts about the former Hewlett-Packard CEO turned business…
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