NEWS STORY: Claim: Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop Discovered in Florence

c. 2005 Religion News Service ROME _ A cartographer from the Italian Institute of Military Geography claims to have discovered Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop and home at the start of the 16th century, but art historians appear skeptical. Roberto Manescalchi, 51, told a news conference Tuesday (Jan. 25) that he made the discovery a year […]

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COMMENTARY: Surprise! You Can Be a Christian Without Hating SpongeBob SquarePants

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Every week there’s a news story that energizes the hard-core faithful, and it usually follows the same trajectory. First: proof of boundless perfidy on the other side. Stage two: muted reaction to a clarification, followed by stage three: “Yes, BUT!” The last part insists the story is somehow true […]

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COMMENTARY: Surprise! You Can Be a Christian Without Hating SpongeBob SquarePants

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Every week there’s a news story that energizes the hard-core faithful, and it usually follows the same trajectory. First: proof of boundless perfidy on the other side. Stage two: muted reaction to a clarification, followed by stage three: “Yes, BUT!” The last part insists the story is somehow true […]

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COMMENTARY: Freedom Requires Humility, Not Religious Projections

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “You have time for a walk,” I tell an out-of-town visitor. Worsening weather suggests now or never. As she assembles boots and coat, I ask if she would like company. I’m guessing she would like time alone _ I would, if I were the guest _ but I don’t […]

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COMMENTARY: Freedom Requires Humility, Not Religious Projections

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “You have time for a walk,” I tell an out-of-town visitor. Worsening weather suggests now or never. As she assembles boots and coat, I ask if she would like company. I’m guessing she would like time alone _ I would, if I were the guest _ but I don’t […]

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NEWS STORY: Bitter Pessimism of Sunni Muslims Threatens Election Turnout in Iraq

c. 2005 Religion News Service BAGHDAD, Iraq _ Khaled Dulaymi’s spacious house is filled with darkness and cold. He lost his job in the information ministry when the Americans arrived last year, and as a repairman of generators he has been having a tough time getting money to buy black market kerosene and electricity for […]

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NEWS STORY: Bitter Pessimism of Sunni Muslims Threatens Election Turnout in Iraq

c. 2005 Religion News Service BAGHDAD, Iraq _ Khaled Dulaymi’s spacious house is filled with darkness and cold. He lost his job in the information ministry when the Americans arrived last year, and as a repairman of generators he has been having a tough time getting money to buy black market kerosene and electricity for […]

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NEWS STORY: Unsolved Murder of Family Divides Coptic Christians and Muslims

c. 2005 Religion News Service JERSEY CITY, N.J. _ He says he has not yet made up his mind, but when Essam Fahim looks from the restaurant window to Journal Square below, a sadness in his face suggests he knows what he will do. He cannot stay because this is not the place he thought […]

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NEWS STORY: Canada Charts Less Religious Course on Gay Marriage

c. 2005 Religion News Service TORONTO _ Social conservatives in the United States won a huge victory last fall when voters in 11 states approved bans on same-sex marriage. But in Canada, they soon could lose a nation. Liberal leaders in Parliament plan as soon as February to pass a law guaranteeing same-sex marriage as […]

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NEWS STORY: Canada Charts Less Religious Course on Gay Marriage

c. 2005 Religion News Service TORONTO _ Social conservatives in the United States won a huge victory last fall when voters in 11 states approved bans on same-sex marriage. But in Canada, they soon could lose a nation. Liberal leaders in Parliament plan as soon as February to pass a law guaranteeing same-sex marriage as […]

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