November 30, 2004 The recent presidential election revived a longstanding debate about moral values. NPR's Tavis Smiley moderates a week-long discussion on faith, religion and morality. Today's focus: the notion of the traditional American separation of church and state.
November 29, 2004 Slate senior editor Andy Bowers explains how a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that supposedly bears an image of the Virgin Mary has remained free of mold. The sandwich recently sold for $28,000 on the eBay.com online auction site.
November 29, 2004 The recent presidential election revived a long-simmering debate about the moral values shared by most Americans and how they are shaped by religion and politics. NPR's Tavis Smiley moderates a weeklong roundtable discussion on faith, religion and morality. On Monday, the focus is on who defines "morality" in America.
November 29, 2004 Last year, United Methodist Pastor Beth Stroud told her Philadelphia congregation that she was gay and in an active relationship with a woman. Now, church leaders must decide if she can remain in the ministry. NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports.
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November 28, 2004 A school in Georgia is wrestling with the problem of how to allow Muslim students to observe a religious tradition and pray with fellow Muslims on Friday. The students are asking to miss classes on Friday afternoon. The school has made some proposals but no solution has yet emerged. Joshua Levs reports.
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November 25, 2004 Mongolia is undergoing a major political and economic transformation after the fall of communism. Worlds of Difference producer Allan Coukell visited the country to find out how the ancient practice of shamanism is faring in a time of major change.
November 25, 2004 Some Boston-area Catholics are spending a part of Thanksgiving at a local church slated for closure, continuing a three-month occupation of the building. There will be no mass, but plenty of food and a little football -- all in cheery defiance of church leaders. Monica Brady-Myerov of member station WBUR reports.
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November 24, 2004 His new book is In Search of Paul: How Jesus' Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's Kingdom. Crossan looks at the life of Paul, and describes how the most important Christian value is justice. Crossan is professor emeritus of De Paul University, and is considered by some to be the foremost scholar of historical Jesus. His The Historical Jesus is an alternative and fact-based look at the life of Christ.
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November 23, 2004 In at least three states, battles rage over teaching evolution in public schools. Often, textbooks are the front line of the disputes. We discuss the long-standing conflict over the role of religion in public education.
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November 22, 2004 The death of a Dutch filmmaker, at the hands of a suspected Muslim extremist, has Germans anxious that religious unrest will spread to their own country. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli continues a five-part series on Europe as the emerging battlefield in the struggle to define Muslim identity.
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November 22, 2004 Rachael Myrow of member station KPCC in Pasadena, Calif., reports on the Rev. Billy Graham's four-day "revival crusade" in Southern California that ended on Sunday. The huge outdoor Christian revival meetings, a signature of Graham's populist style of preaching, will likely be one of last such meetings for the aging and ailing Graham in Southern California, where he launched his career 55 years ago.
November 22, 2004 After the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, the Rev. Cecil "Chip" Murray became a household name for his efforts to end the violence. Then-mayor Tom Bradley relied on his influence, and politicians of all stripes made sure to visit the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Central Los Angeles. Earlier this month, a 75-year-old Rev. Murray delivered his last sermon as head of the First AME congregation. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Murray about his activist past and his still-active future.
November 19, 2004 The Bush administration broadens its faith-based initiative from social service delivery to health care coverage. Federal workers can now chose a Catholic health plan that excludes coverage for contraceptives, artificial insemination and abortion. Charlie Schlenker from member station WGLT reports.
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November 17, 2004 NPR's Eric Weiner reports on a Florida woman who claims to have seen the figure of the Virgin Mary in her grilled cheese sandwich. She's struggling to get the sandwich back on the eBay online auction site, where the bidding was up to $22,000 before the company pulled the sandwich from auction.
November 16, 2004 Violence continues in southern Thailand, where some say Islamic separatists are bent on splitting off the largely Muslim south from the Buddhist north. NPR's Michael Sullivan reports.
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