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The Islamic State, the Inquisition, and the Wars of Religion

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Ever since the Islamic State burst onto the world stage with its violent seizure of territory in Iraq and Syria, the imposition of a harsh and medieval form of Islam, and, most recently, the beheading of James Foley, we have been watching the modern version of extreme religious intolerance.

But this is not new in world history. And Christians have no reason to be righteous when we condemn the violence and intolerance. In fact, we might cite our own history in Europe as an example of what not to do. 

Cardinal Edmund Szoka, a remembrance

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When I first met Cardinal Edmund Szoka in 1986, I knew very little about him except that he had a reputation as a conservative. I was in Detroit to interview him for what became my first book on the governance of the church, Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church. I did not realize at the time that he was also going to end up in my books on the U.S. bishops' conference and the Vatican.

Friends, family, community gather for Michael Brown's funeral

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The mood was somber Monday morning, but there was a sense of community as the family and friends of Michael Brown gathered for his funeral. Mourners from across the community and the country arrived as early as 7:45 a.m. at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis for the 10 a.m. service.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9.

Is an Obama legacy possible?

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The final two-plus years of the Obama presidency look to be a torturous obstacle course with little or nothing to be accomplished and repeated attempts to roll back those legislative pieces that are already in place. The 2014 election appears bleak for Democrats, who may even lose control of the Senate. The resulting Congress is almost certain to be even more recalcitrant in working with President Barack Obama than the current one.

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