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Extremist Westboro Church foiled in Mississippi

When members of the far-right Westboro Baptist Church showed up in Brandon, Miss., April 16 to protest the funeral of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, local residents banded together.

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Bill would let religious adoption agencies bar same-sex couples

Two Illinois state senators are trying to pass a measure that would allow religious adoption agencies to deny requests from same-sex couples in civil unions.

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Foxhole atheists fight for right to rock

Soldiers organized Rock Beyond Belief in Fort Bragg, N.C., only to have it effectively cancelled by army brass at the last minute.

Scientists suggest reason for religion's decline

Religion may be on the verge of extinction in nine nations.

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Florida congressman stokes Islamophobia

Rep. Allen West became unhinged at a recent town hall meeting in South Florida, where he told a Muslim questioner who defended Islam, "Don't try to blow sunshine up my butt!"

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Interfaith coalition fights wage theft

WIN is a coalition of members of the faith and labor communities who seek justice in the workplace for metropolitan Memphis workers.

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Atheism grows among youth, high school students

The Secular Student Alliance, which has chapters on 200 college campuses nationwide, announced that it would work to help high school-aged free thinkers express themselves.

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Immigrant rights activists step up fight in Utah

A group of young people with a group called "Cuentame" has taken the fight for immigrant rights to a whole new level.

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Fearing witch hunt, Muslims denounce planned hearings

"Are you now or have you ever been ... ?" is a question that many fear may come back into vogue if Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., goes ahead with hearings on Muslim "radicalization."

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Interfaith rally pushes public option forward in Connecticut

A large interfaith rally Dec. 14 demaned implementation of a state public option that would bring residents the full benefit of national health care.

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