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In Libya, a focus on reconciliation

“You cannot build a country if you don’t have reconciliation and forgiveness,” said Aref Ali Nayed, head of the stabilization team of the National Transitional Council (NTC). “Reconciliation has been a consistent message from our president and prime minister on, down to our religious leaders and local councils,” he told Reuters in an interview.

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Naming most names

It’s been about ten years since news of sexual abuse of children clergy and the systematic protection of offenders in the Archdiocese of Boston was first exposed. Now the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has released a list of accused sex offenders in the Archdiocese.

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Army to host atheism-themed event

U.S. Army officials have agreed to host “Rock Beyond Belief” – an event centered around the theme of non belief – at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg early next year.

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Prayer vigils ask to lift ban on Bishop Dawani

Episcopalians in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles held silent prayer vigils in protest of Israeli treatment of Palestinians on May 24, the day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress about the peace process.

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Oops. Sorry about that. Can I keep the cash?

It isn’t just Camping and his camp who may be in lawyers’ crosshairs, O ye hawkers of the eschaton. If you’ve positioned yourself as a legitimate franchisee, you, too, may be eligible for divine American style justice.

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Hawking: there is no heaven

In denying the existence of heaven, Hawking definitely commits a sin — that of speaking badly about others. Hawking’s sin, in Jewish tradition, is called lashon ha’rah, and interestingly it is not limited to speaking falsely. …[it] is defined by the callousness, mean-spiritedness or insensitivity of the utterance, even if it is true.

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More education = less religion?

An additional year of education leads to a 4-percentage-point decline in the likelihood that an individual identifies with any religious tradition; the estimates suggest that increases in schooling can explain most of the large rise in non-affiliation in Canada in recent decades.

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