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Anti-Semitism a big problem at US colleges, report says

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A student group in South Africa this month called on all Jews to leave the Durban University of Technology, an act of anti-Semitism that Americans could not imagine on their own college campuses.

But a comprehensive survey of anti-Semitism at American colleges released this week shows that significant hostility is directed at Jews on U.S. campuses, too.

Survey: 133 percent increase in attacks on religion in past three years

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A new report from the Liberty Institute in Plano, Texas, shows that incidents of "religious hostility" have more than doubled in the United States over the past three years.

The report, "Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America, 2014 Edition," chronicles a series of more than 1,300 court cases recently handled or monitored by the institute, a nonprofit legal group that represents plaintiffs who feel their religious liberty has been violated.

Religious leaders urge action to combat climate change

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Religious leaders from across the faith spectrum gathered Friday at the Capitol to seek action to combat climate change and to mitigate its effects, whether it be at the federal level or in local communities.

The ongoing buzz about the forthcoming encyclical from Pope Francis on the environment was addressed by Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Washington National Cathedral finishes first stage of earthquake repairs

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The Washington National Cathedral, which sustained heavy damage in a 2011 earthquake, has finished the $10 million first phase of its repair work and intends to embark upon a more daunting and expensive second phase.

Cathedral officials said the work to come, which will focus on the exterior of the building -- repairing twisting pinnacles, damaged gargoyles and other masonry that suffered during the 5.8-magnitude quake -- will cost $22 million and could take a decade.

Texas judge blocks DAPA, DACA expansion; administration to appeal

A little more than one day before an expansion was to take effect in a deferred deportation program known as DACA, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Obama administration's effort.

In a 123-page memorandum released by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott late Monday evening, District Court Judge Andrew Hanen granted the request of Texas and 25 other states to temporarily block a planned expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to certain people who were ineligible for the original 2012 program.

Obama's God talk 'doesn't stand a chance' in a polarized America

After taking heat from the religious right for saying Christians and Muslims have all committed horrors in God's name, President Barack Obama is now angering the religious left with an upcoming White House conference on combating "violent extremism" that seems to focus only on Muslims.

The back-to-back controversies raise the question: Can Obama -- or any president -- walk the tightrope of religious rhetoric in today's political crosswinds?

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