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A string of recent incidents, from bomb threats at Jewish community centers to armed protests in front of mosques to shootings of unarmed black men, has gotten a group of faith leaders in North Texas to take action.

They're working to start conversations and build understanding between different faiths across Dallas-Fort Worth.

Pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions based on their religious beliefs may soon be protected from disciplinary action thanks to a bill passed this legislative session. 

House OKs Bill Allowing Adoption Agencies To Reject Parents On Religious Grounds

May 10, 2017

Faith-based adoption agencies in Texas would be able to reject prospective parents on religious grounds under a bill the state House preliminarily approved Tuesday over strong objections from Democratic lawmakers who said it would ultimately harm children and deny good people the right to care for them.

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A classroom used as a prayer room at Liberty High School in Frisco got the attention of the Texas attorney general’s office this month. The office sent a letter raising constitutional concerns about the room. The Frisco superintendent called the letter a "publicity stunt" and said the prayer room has been in use for several years without complaints. 

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Frisco Superintendent Jeremy Lyon responded sharply to questions about Liberty High School's prayer room Friday, calling a letter from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office "a publicity stunt."

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A Baptist church in Dallas that's been in the national spotlight the last few years voted this week to grant full membership to folks in the LGBT community. And that effectively severs ties between Wilshire Baptist Church and the the Baptist General Convention of Texas, one of the governing bodies for Southern Baptists in the state.

It’s the latest in an ongoing debate among churches about LGBT inclusiveness.

Growing Up Muslim In Post-9/11 America

Oct 19, 2016
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Blogger Amani Al-Khatahtbeh created muslimgirl.com as a place for young Muslim women to explore social issues, relationships, education and other topics through the lens of their experiences.

Millennials Are Not Keeping The Faith

Jun 27, 2016
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Young people in America have more freedom to find a religion that suits them than ever before. At the same time, more than one-third of people in their 20s and 30s identify as not being religious. Yesterday on Think, told Lauren Silverman talked with Emma Green, who writes about religion for The Atlantic, about how millennials navigate their spiritual lives.  

Freedom From Religion Display At Texas Capitol Removed After Governor Objects

Dec 22, 2015
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To celebrate the season, the Texas Capitol has multiple Christmas trees and a Nativity scene on its grounds. But after a complaint by Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, "a winter solstice" display urging the separation of church and state has been kicked out.

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So far this year, 14 high school football players have died across the country -- seven after an injury on the field, another seven from indirect causes such as heat stroke and heart problems. 

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A proposed cemetery has sparked a debate in small-town Texas. The Islamic Association of Collin County wants to build a 34-acre cemetery in Farmersville, about an hour north of Dallas. That’s led to some pretty heated rhetoric from a number of locals who are trying to stop it. Although the mayor of the predominantly white community has said the cemetery is allowed to be built, some people are pushing for a no vote.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence held a news conference Tuesday morning to address his state’s controversial new religious freedom law. The legislation, which Pence signed into law last week, has been criticized by civil rights groups that claim the new rules allow discrimination against LGBT individuals.

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Hiring spiritual support, in the workplace?

Companies across the country have hired thousands of chaplains to offer spiritual support to employees. They say it's good for workers, and the bottom line.

Diwali: Celebrating Awareness Of The Inner Light

Oct 22, 2014
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Study Up For 'Think': Textbook Truths

Oct 6, 2014
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Does an education heavy on biases compromise the learning health of a classroom? The Texas State Board of Education will vote on new social studies textbooks, a first since 2002, in November. A group of professionals studied the material the proposed books will have and found numerous inaccuracies and opinions.  Professors David Brockman, religious studies scholar, and Kathleen Wellman, history intellectual,  join Krys Boyd in the textbook conversation today at 1 p.m.

Ash Wednesday, To-Go

Feb 13, 2013
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Like some ashes with your train ticket? How about with your hot chocolate? “Ashes To Go” is one way to participate in Ash Wednesday without even entering a church. Members of Oak Lawn United Methodist in Dallas decided to leave the confines of the church for the start of Lent -- the forty day period before Easter -- and give folks the telltale Ash Wednesday forehead treatment in some untraditional locations. 

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum tried to fire up conservative supporters in North Texas yesterday. He’s hoping to build a three-state win Tuesday night and stoke his campaign bank account in the process. KERA’s Shelley Kofler has more on how Santorum is building on a theme of morality and faith.