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Does religion cause war? A visit with African leaders

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It happened again. Here at "Interfaith Voices," we got a second call from the State Department, asking if we would be willing to host a group of overseas visitors for a dialogue about interfaith relations and our public radio show. In February, our first visitors were Afghan clerics, both Sunni and Shiite imams. This time, it was a group of 10 African leaders from eight different nations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Uganda. Most were Muslim.

Myanmar sets date for 'historic' general election

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According to the BBC, Myanmar will go to the polls Nov. 8 in its first open general election in 25 years, a senior election official said.

The official said the date would be formally announced later Wednesday.

Reform has been underway since 2010, when military rule was replaced by a military-backed civilian government.

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party will square off with Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. She won elections in 1990 that were scrapped.

New numbers paint confused picture of American beliefs

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Days after the 4th of July, a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) paints a disjointed picture of American beliefs regarding the value of public protests, “American Exceptionalism,” America’s moral legitimacy, what is “truly” American, whether America remains a “Christian Nation,” and whether Christians in America are being “persecuted.” 

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July 17-30, 2015

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