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Why jogging or going to church can get you arrested (in Burundi)
Since 2013, the small Central African nation of Burundi has seen a gradual but serious contraction of political rights and social freedoms. The government has even targeted leisure activities. (The Washington Post)
Project Pedro Pan and Today’s Manufactured Border Crisis
When Fidel Castro brought the horrors of Communism to the island nation of Cuba, parents feared their children would lose their faith, their heritage and suffer indoctrination. Some parents did the unthinkable: They sent their children away, not knowing if they’d be reunited.
Emily's List Candidates Are Quiet on Abortion
Yet none of them are talking much about abortion, a change from recent elections in which Democrats used the issue to stir female voters. The gap can be explained by this awkward fact: Most of this year's competitive races are in red states where the Democratic playbook on social issues doesn't work, compounding the party's challenges in retaining control of the Senate.
Abortion battle over Amendment 1 draws big money
Ballot measure would remove abortion protections from the state’s constitution (The Tennessean)
The Culture Warrior in Winter
Richard Land's fall and the end of the old Religious Right. (Tiffany Stanley, National Journal)
Gordon College president defends calls for religious exemption to anti-discrimination order
Gordon College president D. Michael Lindsay’s public stance sparked anger among students and alumni, who said his views were discriminatory and did not reflect their own. (The Boston Globe)
Obama’s Evangelical Gravy Train
Despite the president’s promise to cut funding to discredited HIV and pregnancy prevention programs, taxpayer dollars are still bankrolling anti-gay, anti-choice conservative religious groups. (Andy Kopsa, The Nation)
In Indonesia, Political Islam Is Struggling to Win Votes
Just ahead of Wednesday’s national legislative elections, polls and analysts suggest that Islamic-based parties are poised for what could be their worst showing since Indonesia’s democratic era began in 1999. (WorldWide Religious News)
Tiny Church Intervenes In Freedom From Religion Foundation's Most Pointless Case -
"Some churches have been like daring the IRS, or maybe even double daring , if not triple dawg daring the IRS to do something about it." (Forbes)
Anti-Abortion Forces Reassess Their Tactics After Ballot Defeat in Albuquerque
One strategy turned on the mistaken belief that Hispanics, who make up almost half the population in the New Mexico city, would be receptive to the referendum (The New York Times)
Top Story July 23, 2014
Meet the Failed Pastor Who Ministers to Other Failed Pastors
Meet the Failed Pastor Who Ministers to Other Failed Pastors
J. R. Briggs sympathizes with church leaders who don't live up to expectations.
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