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Justices debate religious liberty in workplace

religious liberty

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court grappled with the responsibility of employers to know about and accommodate the religious practices of potential employees in oral arguments Feb. 25. The justices considered the contrasting views of a federal agency, the Equal …

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New hotline launches to help people leave religion behind


A new crisis hotline for those struggling between faith and   atheism launched Friday (Feb. 27). Called “The Hotline Project,” the 24-hour free service will match volunteers with people who are considering leaving religion. It is a project of Recovering From Religion, …

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Islamic State group now holding 220 Christians in Syria

Islamic State

The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220, activists said Thursday (Feb. 26). The United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilians were kidnapped from 11 villages near the …

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Do it now! Living without regrets

Taylor Scout Smith

Her family called this Johnson City, Tennessee girl “quirky,” but by all accounts, Taylor Scout Smith was a deeply spiritual young lady who loved God and was excited to do mission work. While rummaging through their daughter’s things, Taylor’s parents …

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Islamic jihad, in many forms, ‘gaining ground’

Muslim Rebel

Many in western democracies are blind to radical Islam’s threat to their security and cultural values, speakers said at a day-long discussion of Islam during the National Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention. “The majority of Muslims are peaceful and …

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Boston Marathon bomb amputee: ‘blessed’

Rebekah DiMartino

Rebekah DiMartino was at the Boston Marathon in April 2013, standing just three feet from where a bomb exploded at the finish line. “Here was me,” she said, pointing to a spot on the floor at a Kentucky church where …

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