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No, Tennessee, the Bible can't be the 'State Book'

Nashville - A number of Tennessee's lawmakers think it would be really nice if the Holy Bible was the "official" state book, When the measure that would make it so was previewed by the state attorney general, he said "no."

'Today' show survey profiles America's religious life

An exclusive survey by Today, the domestic news show on the NBC channel, looked at the faith and beliefs of Americans, asking them various questions about the existence and form of god.

Penalty phase of Marathon bomb trial to begin April 21

Boston - Jurors who convicted accused 2013 Boston Marathon bomber Dhzokhar Tsarnaev of multiple counts of murder last week will reconvene April 21 to decide whether he should be put to death or spend the rest of his life in federal prison.

Researchers say Jesus was married, had a son, did not resurrect

Jerusalem - A geoarchaeologist and an Israeli filmmaker say they have obtained scientific evidence backing the claim that burial boxes, or ossuaries, found in Jerusalem contain the bones of Jesus; his wife, Mary; and his son, Judas.

Trial of surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect wraps up

Boston - Lawyers for admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev again admitted Monday that the 21-year-old Chechen immigrant planted one of the pressure-cooker bombs that killed three and injured 260 near the finish line of the prestigious race in 2013.

Pew report profiles religious demographics in 2050

According to a report from the Pew Research Center, released on April 2, 2015, Islam is set to catch up with Christianity as the most populous religion by 2050.

Op-Ed: Pesach and Easter in a torn world — In praise of Faith

New York - Like us all, every religious and spiritual tradition has its most beautiful part. Every religion and faith has parts that feel like young love, that part of the greater story that has no shadow, no shame, nor apology.

Madison first U.S. city to ban discrimination against atheists

Madison - This city in Wisconsin is now the first city in the U.S. to protect atheists and other non-religious people from discrimination thanks to an ordinance that was unanimously approved by the city council last Tuesday.

California court rules yoga in schools is not religious

San Diego - A California court has ruled that yoga classes taught at an elementary school are not in violation of the right to religious freedom for students.

Muslim and Christian population will soon be equal globally

There will come a time in the not to distant future when the old adage, "Love thy neighbor as thyself" will become more important than it has ever been. This is because the world's religious profile is rapidly changing, maybe for the better.

First Church of Cannabis approved, tests IN religious freedom law

Indianapolis - The First Church of Cannabis Inc., has been approved by the Indiana secretary of state after the passage of the religious freedom act last week. This begs the question: Will the church's motto be "Praise the Lord and pass the pot?"

Indian state to add yoga, gita to syllabus

Chandigarh - School children in the North Indian state of Haryana will be taught yoga to help them deal with stress, and will also study stanzas of the Bhagavad Gita, to help them focus and improve concentration.

Op-Ed: Religious Freedom Restoration Act — Christians, who do you serve?

Religious Freedom Restoration Laws and their variants are in various states of legislative process all over the country. What does that mean to Christians?

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