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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - November 11, 2013

Supreme Court Examines Anew Prayer At Government Functions

By Nina Totenberg

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U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court delved into a subject Wednesday that has bedeviled it for decades: how to reconcile a tradition of public prayers with the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion. At issue were almost exclusively Christian prayers that took place at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 11, 2013

University YMCA Loses Funding From Catholic Church

By Sean Powers

The YMCA on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus says it has lost support from the Catholic Church over its connection to a group that supports same-sex marriage.


AP - Illinois Public Media News - October 07, 2013

Enyart Defends Vote About Furloughed Chaplains

by The Associated Press

An Illinois congressman seeking re-election says he had no choice but to be the only U.S. House member to vote against what he called a "stupid'' resolution allowing military chaplains to still perform their duties during the federal government's shutdown.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - October 04, 2013

Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About ‘Takin’ Up Serpents’

By John Burnett

Andrew Hamblin preaches while holding a snake above his head, LaFollette, Tenn.

Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - September 19, 2013

Church Must Find Balance, Pope Says, Or Fall Like Cards

By Krishnadev Calamur

Pope Francis

Pope Francis, in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications, says "the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards" if it continues to focus on narrow issues such as abortion, gay marriage and contraception.







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