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Children of Gays
January 16, 2004
Children of Gays
The pros and cons of gay marriage are frequent topics of discussion and conflict. The topics are especially sensitive when it comes to same sex couples having children. According to the Census Bureau, of the country's nearly half a million same-sex couples, nearly a quarter -- 28 percent -- are raising children.
January 16, 2004
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Christmas Traditions
December 19, 2003
Christmas Traditions
Many of the best known Christmas traditions were actually adapted from pagan practices and given new Christian meanings.
December 19, 2003
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Iraqi Humanitarian Efforts
December 12, 2003
Iraqi Humanitarian Efforts
In response to multiple attacks on foreigners, the UN, the Red Cross, Oxfam, and Care International have pulled their staffs out of Iraq. Yet other humanitarian aid workers remain, risking their lives to help the needy. Their work is difficult, not only because of the violence, but because many Iraqis are suspicious of them, wondering whether aid workers are really occupiers.
December 12, 2003
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Gay Marriage and Homosexuality
November 21, 2003
Gay Marriage and Homosexuality
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that under their constitution, same-sex couples are legally able to marry. Opponents of gay marriage want an amendment to the constitution defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. Correspondent Kim Lawton explored the implications of the ruling with Scott Keeter, associate director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
November 21, 2003
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Mary Magdalene
November 21, 2003
Mary Magdalene
There's a movement under way among many Catholic women and women scholars to revise the reputation of Mary Magdalene. For centuries, she was reviled as a prostitute. But now, with the discovery of ancient text, several recent movies and novels are portraying her as an important figure in early ...
November 21, 2003
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Illegal Immigration
November 14, 2003
Illegal Immigration
There are more than eight million illegal immigrants in this country. And while there is a lot of discussion about controlling U.S. borders and enforcing the laws, there are also those who say these immigrants are often exploited, and denied basic rights. Are they a drain on the economy -- or poor people deserving compassion?
November 14, 2003
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Holocaust Survivors Reunion
November 7, 2003
Holocaust Survivors Reunion
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington celebrated its 10th anniversary with a tribute to survivors of the Nazi persecution of the Jews. They honored the survivors, their families, and those who rescued them at the end of World War II.
November 7, 2003
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Episcopalian Reaction to Gay Bishop
October 31, 2003
Episcopalian Reaction to Gay Bishop
The consecration of Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson caused international debate over the role of gays in the church. Some Episcopalians are celebrating what they see as the church's openness and diversity, while others are lamenting what they believe is departure from Christian teaching. We visit one parish that is wrestling vigorously over what to think and how to respond.
October 31, 2003
Devotion to Kali
October 24, 2003
Devotion to Kali
This weekend, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. For some Hindus, Diwali coincides with a special worship service for the powerful goddess Kali, who represents opposites such as life and death, creation and destruction. We spoke about Kali with Kamanashish Chakraborty, ...
October 24, 2003
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Operation Whitecoat
October 24, 2003
Operation Whitecoat
The story of a group of American soldiers, all conscientious objectors and Seventh Day Adventists, who volunteered to expose themselves to deadly viruses and bacteria, rather than go to war. Over a 20-year period, beginning in the 1950s, the army used them to test vaccines against biological weapons. Most of them recall the experience without regret.
October 24, 2003
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Elaine Pagels
October 10, 2003
Elaine Pagels

 
BOB ABERNETHY: Now, a profile — and some religion history. It concerns the early Christian movement, and documents discovered nearly 60 years ago that reveal an early Christianity many find surprisingly diverse. This is also the personal … More

October 10, 2003
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Peter Steinfels
October 3, 2003
Peter Steinfels
RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY profiles Peter Steinfels — Catholic, THE NEW YORK TIMES religion columnist, and author of the book A PEOPLE ADRIFT. Steinfels discusses the challenges facing the U.S. Catholic Church, from the sex abuse scandal to ordination of women, which he fears may send the ...
October 3, 2003
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