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Atheists may not pray, Brevard (Fla.) county commissioners say
Atheists may not pray, Brevard (Fla.) county commissioners say
Atheists may not pray, Brevard (Fla.) county commissioners say

In Brevard County Florida, Atheists May Not Pray

A group of county commissioners in Florida is testing a recent Supreme Court decision by banning atheists from delivering an invocation before local public meetings.
 
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How Kent Brantly survived Ebola: Intense medical care — and prayer
How Kent Brantly survived Ebola: Intense medical care — and prayer
How Kent Brantly survived Ebola: Intense medical care — and prayer

How Kent Brantly Survived Ebola

An American doctor treated for Ebola, Kent Brantly, was discharged from Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital Thursday (Aug. 21). Another American aid worker, Nancy Writebol, was discharged Tuesday (Aug. 19).
 
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South Africa Bans Travelers From Ebola-stricken Countries
South Africa Bans Travelers From Ebola-stricken Countries
South Africa Bans Travelers From Ebola-stricken Countries

South Africa Bans Travelers From Ebola-Stricken Countries

South Africa said on Thursday that due to fears over the spread of the Ebola virus it was banning travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from entering the country, apart from its own citizens. South Africans returning ...

 
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Farm owners fined for saying no to lesbian wedding
Farm owners fined for saying no to lesbian wedding
Farm owners fined for saying no to lesbian wedding

Farm Owners Fined For Saying ‘No’ To Lesbian Wedding

Christian farm owners in upstate New York who declined a lesbian couple’s request to hold a wedding ceremony on their property have been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay the women $1,500 each. Cynthia and Robert Gifford, who o...
 
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Ferguson Mayor: 'No Racial Divide' in Riot-plagued Town
Ferguson Mayor: 'No Racial Divide' in Riot-plagued Town
Ferguson Mayor: 'No Racial Divide' in Riot-plagued Town

Ferguson Mayor: ‘No Racial Divide’ In Riot-plagued Town

The mayor of a U.S. town where police and protesters have clashed for 10 days following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman says there "is not a racial divide in the city of Ferguson."
 
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Egypt Urges US Restraint Over Missouri Unrest
Egypt Urges US Restraint Over Missouri Unrest
Egypt Urges US Restraint Over Missouri Unrest

Egypt Urges US Restraint Over Missouri Unrest

Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters l...

 
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Bible
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Bible

The Bibles Are Back: Navy Lodges Scuttle Removal Plan

The Gideon Bibles are going back in the Navy’s nightstand drawers. In June, the U.S. Navy ordered housekeepers at thousands of Navy-owned guest lodges near U.S. and international bases to remove the Bibles and any other “rel...
 
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More than 30 percent of respondents in a new survey said that intimacy before marriage can lead to marriage.
More than 30 percent of respondents in a new survey said that intimacy before marriage can lead to marriage.
More than 30 percent of respondents in a new survey said that intimacy before marriage can lead to marriage.

Can A Hookup Lead To The Altar? Some Say Yes

Purposely ambiguous and definitely provocative, the term “hookup” has gotten plenty of attention from researchers analyzing this sexual behavior that can range from kissing to sexual intercourse.
 
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America’s Christian conservatives ponder a ‘Babylonian exile’ (ANALYSIS)
America’s Christian conservatives ponder a ‘Babylonian exile’ (ANALYSIS)
America’s Christian conservatives ponder a ‘Babylonian exile’ (ANALYSIS)

Christians In Captivity: Christians With Traditional Biblical Beliefs Feel Increasingly Marginalized

From the moment they set foot on North American soil, the Puritans who came to the continent viewed their “errand into the wilderness” through a biblical lens, seeing themselves as modern-day Israelites building a New Jerusalem...

 
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No longer behind the curve: Black churches address mental illness
No longer behind the curve: Black churches address mental illness
No longer behind the curve: Black churches address mental illness

Black Churches Address Mental Illness

The death of beloved comedian Robin Williams has heightened awareness of suicide and its relationship to mental health problems. But many African-American churches quietly began educating members on the issue well before the Os...