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Amish Fringe Group Wants The Word ‘Cult’ to Be Banned From Hate-Crime Trial  
BY BRANDON BLACKWELL | CLEVELAND (RNS) Members of a fringe Amish group charged with committing hate crimes against fellow Amish have requested that certain words, including "cult," "splinter" and &...

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Nuns Reject Vatican Takeover But Seek Dialogue On Differences  
BY DAVID GIBSON | ST. LOUIS (RNS) American nuns facing a Vatican takeover of their leadership organization on Friday (Aug. 10) rejected Rome’s plans to recast the group in a more conservative mold, but declined ...

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For Sikhs, Turban Is A Proud Symbol—And A Target  
BY DANIEL BURKE (RNS) Law enforcement authorities don't know why suspected gunman Wade Michael Page burst into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., on Sunday (Aug. 5) and opened fire, killing six before he was shot d...

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Catholics Walk the Ground Traveled by New Native American Saint  
MOHAWK VALLEY, New York (RNS) Twelve-year-old Jake Finkbonner leaned over and ran his hand through a pool of water from a natural spring at the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, in Fonda, N.Y.. With that s...

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Religion at the Olympics, From Ancient Greece to London  
BY CHRIS LISEE (RNS) A 600-foot footrace was the only athletic event at the first Olympics, a festival held in 776 B.C. and dedicated to Zeus, the chief Greek god. For the next millennium, Greeks gathered eve...

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Former U.S. Solider Sues NYPD Over Muslim Surveillance  
BY JASON GRANT | NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) At 26, Syed Farhaj Hassan was a devout Muslim, and a man who took a lot of pride in being one of the relatively few Muslim Americans to join the military and then go to war in ...

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COMMENTARY: Finding Faith in America's Most Secular City  
BY TOM EHRICH | SEATTLE (RNS) In 1962, when my younger brother was just four years old, this city perched on the nation's northwest rim held a World's Fair that imagined a glistening future.   &n...