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Religion is often a presence in violence, but it's not the cause

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We hear it everywhere today, implicitly or explicitly: Religion is inherently violent, and it causes wars. It is religion (in this case, Islam) that is leading the Islamic State militant group to champion and use violence -- even promote beheadings -- to achieve its ends. When we hear news about the Middle East, it is largely the story of sectarian struggles between Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims, or Israeli Jews vs. Palestinian Muslims, or a story about Christians being persecuted. Religion comes across as the culprit.

Learning to stand firm ahead of the Ferguson grand jury decision

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Most of us in St. Louis worry about how the community will respond to the grand jury's decision on the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson*. Some of the members of Ferguson's Don't Shoot Coalition have begun offering lessons in nonviolent direct action to the community. Staff from the Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, Veterans for Peace, and Jobs with Justice in particular have provided training in marching and keeping vigil.

Korean Catholics demand ferry sinking investigation

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A Catholic Korean group in Seoul this week gathered to give family members of victims in April’s Sewol ferry sinking a list of 130,936 signatures calling for an investigation into the disaster.

The signatures, which were handed over by the group Catholic Council for Investigating the Sewol, were collected from priests, monks, nuns, and congregants over the past three weeks.

Groundbreaking documentary on Salvadoran martyrs set to premiere at D.C. Teach-In

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More than 1,300 people are heading to the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) this weekend in D.C. The three-day event coincides with the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests and two laywomen, killed in El Salvador on Nov. 16, 1989, by US-trained and funded Salvadoran military for their defense of the economically poor.

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