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1. Evangelicals generally pleased with new Air Force religion guidelines
The new religion guidelines are only one page, about a third the length of the earlier interim guidelines. What was taken out was largely the specifics that had troubled groups like Focus on the Family. Stars and Stripes sums up the response this way: "Civil libertarians say the document goes too far — shifting its focus from protecting airmen from religious persecution to protecting chaplains' rights." Apart from saying it's "too far," that's pretty much what the evangelical groups are saying, too. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., who has been pushing for more religious freedom for military chaplains, says he still wants more explicit recognition that chaplains can pray in Jesus' name.

2. Another priest attacked in Turkey
Days after priest Andrea Santoro was shot to death in Turkey, apparently by a 16-year-old Muslim angry over the Muhammad caricatures, priest Martin Kmetec was also attacked in the country by Muslim youths. A group of seven or eight men came to his home, and one "took me by the throat and pulled me inside and said 'we're going to finish you off','" Kmetec told Reuters. As with Santoro's attacker, Kmetec's shouted "Allahu Akbar" (Arabic for "God is great"). Pope Benedict XVI today announced that he will visit the country in November. Meanwhile, Catholic officials said it's likely that Santoro will be canonized as a martyr.

3. Italian judge throws out case over existence of Jesus
But the controversy may not be over: In his ruling, Judge Gaetano Mautone suggests prosecutors should charge atheist Luigi Cascioli, who brought the case against Catholic priest Enrico Righi, with slander.

4. Anne Lamott says abortion may ...

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