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    Aki Ra is a truly remarkable and extraordinarily brave man. He is a Cambodian, and was orphaned as a child. Then, before he was a teenager, he became a soldier. Now, he is devoting his life — and risking it, almost daily — compensating for, atoning for, the harm he once did. Ra defuses and clears land mines, the ones he once placed, so they won’t kill or maim any more of his countrymen. More

    July 25, 2003 | Comments

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    Many churches encourage their young people to memorize Scripture. In the Free Methodist Church, they do it through a friendly competition called “Bible Quizzing.” 2003 marks the 50th anniversary of Bible Quizzing in the evangelical denomination. 123 teams from across the nation competed in the Church’s National Bible Quizzing Final Tournament. More

    July 18, 2003 | Comments

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    Buddhists pay special tribute to the dead during the Bon or Obon Festival — the Feast of Lanterns. More

    July 18, 2003 | Comments

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    The new governing council in Iraq met this week, a first step toward creating a constitution and holding elections. The council includes representatives of all the country’s major religious and regional groups. But on the ground, U.S. forces continue to take casualties almost every day. More

    July 18, 2003 | Comments

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    MRI technology is currently used to gain insight into how behaviors and thoughts function biologically, and might one day lead to the ability to predict future behavior. However, the potential for such technology leads to troubling ethical questions. More

    June 18, 2003 | Comments

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    The federal government recently reversed a longstanding policy, saying that churches which are historic landmarks can receive government money for historic preservation. The move provoked sharp church-state debate. More

    May 30, 2003 | Comments

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    An exhibit at Washington National Cathedral celebrates what can happen when people of different religions live together in peace. It displays treasures from the Middle Ages in Spain, when Spanish Jews, called Sephardim, lived peacefully alongside Christians and Muslims. More

    May 30, 2003 | Comments

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    “I feel that some crimes warrant the death penalty… Jonathan didn’t deserve life, he deserved what he got. The fact that I had forgiven him didn’t change what he had done,” says Paula Kurland, who forgave the man who murdered her daughter. More

    May 16, 2003 | Comments

  • In Washington, a group of American evangelical leaders publicly criticized anti-Islamic statements made by prominent members of their own movement -- among them evangelist Franklin Graham, who had called Islam "a very evil and wicked religion."

    May 9, 2003 | Comments

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    BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: As the U.S. continues to debate the rightness or wrongness of capital punishment, we look at two aspects of the issue. Next week, Huntsville, Texas — where the state prison system carries out more executions than any … More

    May 9, 2003 | Comments