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Christians Bombed in Pakistan, Abercrombie's New Hijab Policy, and More
September 26, 2013
Summary: Inside the bloodiest attack on Christians in the history of modern Pakistan; Muslim headscarves: not cool enough for Abercrombie? And how religion sways votes in Congress.
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Akbar Ahmed: 'This Is an Act of Revenge' September 27, 2013
On September 22, two suicide bombers rushed the doors of All Saints Church in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, just as worshippers were heading home. At least 85 people died.The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bombing, but not on religious grounds. Instead, they say, the bombs were payback for American drone strikes on the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed,
Chair of Islamic Studies at American University
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How Religion Sways Votes in Congress September 27, 2013
Like the rest of the country, members of Congress are becoming more and more religiously diverse. Since 1960, members of the House and Senate have become less Protestant, more Catholic, and more "unaffiliated," among other things. And according to a new book, these shifting religious values have translated into real policy changes - and often, gridlock.

William D’Antonio, co-author of Religion, Politics and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy
Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute

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Muslim Headscarves: Not Cool Enough for Abercrombie? September 27, 2013
About three years ago, Hani Khan was fired from Hollister, the beachy, vintage clothing chain owned by Abercrombie & Fitch. Apparently her Muslim headscarf didn’t fit with the store’s official dress code. So she filed a lawsuit - and on September 23, she won.

Pictured: Hani Khan with her attorney, Zahra Billoo.

Hani Khan, winner of religious discrimination suit against Abercrombie & Fitch
Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of The Council on American-Islamic Relations for the San Francisco Bay area
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Singing for Peace in Uganda September 27, 2013
Since 2005, Rabbi Jeffrey Summit has been recording the music of a unique group of coffee farmers in Uganda. Using xylophones, drums, and traditional African instruments, they sing with a purpose: to model the power of peaceful relationships for a country in conflict. Their music has just been released on a new CD by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Our interview first aired in April.

Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, producer of Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music and Interfaith Harmony in Uganda
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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Getting Rid of Sin September 27, 2013
In an interview few weeks ago, Pope Francis answered the question, “Who are you, really?” with a simple reply: “I am sinner.” For Christians, it's a familiar descriptor. But it's not as important a concept in the other Abrahamic traditions: Judaism and Islam. So this week, we explore sin across traditions: what it is, how you get rid of it, and why it offers a window into three distinct views of the human condition.

Randi Rashkover, Director of Judaic Studies at George Mason University