NYPD’s Muslim surveillance extended well beyond New York

David Giambusso and James Queally |

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) New reports on the extent of surveillance of Muslim groups by the New York Police Department revealed the NYPD had been operating well outside its jurisdiction, cataloging Muslim communities on Long Island, New Jersey and campuses across the region. By David Giambusso and James Queally.

ThursdayâÂ?Â?s Religion Roundup: Political penance; torturing Santorum; Rabbi Boteach

No one sported ashes at last night’s Republican debate. But everyone did penance. Mitt and Rick pounded each other, and Newt had to watch. Then they all got to criticize Obama for promoting policies on contraception that they used to support themselves. Except for Ron Paul: “You don’t blame the pills.”

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Lutherans find common with Catholics on Obama mandate

Tim Townsend |

ST. LOUIS (RNS) The conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has not had much in common with Roman Catholics, but President Obama's contraception mandate has led the St. Louis-based church to find “large consensus with the Roman Catholic Church on moral issues,” its new president said. By Tim Townsend.

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