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Mormons grappling with their history

SALT LAKE CITY — Leaders within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are speaking more openly about Mormonism’s controversial history and teachings. Even as Mitt Romney’s presidential bid drew the national spotlight to Mormonism in 2012, leaders of …

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Duggars targeted by pro-gay petition to cancel show


NASHVILLE — Nearly 100,000 people have signed an online petition asking the TLC network to cancel the popular reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” contending that its stars, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, use their fame “to promote discrimination, hate, …

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Evangelicals have mixed reaction on Obama’s immigration move

Samuel Rodriguez

WASHINGTON — While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders are welcoming the president’s plans to keep about 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. Evangelicals are a key voting bloc for the …

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Study: pastors support immigration reform

Many of the nation’s Protestant senior pastors want the U.S. government to mix justice with mercy when it comes to immigration reform. Most say it’s the government’s job to stop people from entering the country illegally, a LifeWay Research survey …

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Ministerial housing allowance survives at appeals court

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court has overturned a decision striking down the 60-year-old ministerial housing. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled Nov. 13 that an atheist organization lacked the legal right — known as “standing” — …

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John Perkins: Historic time for race relations

John Perkins

John M. Perkins, an 84-year-old evangelical pioneer in race relations, sees “a pivot place in history” among churches in racial reconciliation and economic justice. “This is the first generation of people who are beginning to understand that.” It’s a generation …

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