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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?

Drones make war too easy, too remote, faith leaders say

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For the Obama administration and the Bush administration before it, drone strikes kill terrorists before terrorists can kill innocents, and the strikes keep American soldiers out of harm's way.

But for a group of faith leaders, drones are a crude tool of death that make killing as easy as shooting a video game villain, and they put innocents in harm's way.

Former 'drug czar' warns about dangers of marijuana legalization

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Opposition to the legalization of marijuana is on "the side of science and the side of fact," said William J. Bennett, a former U.S. secretary of education and former federal "drug czar."

He called it "remarkable that there are so many in denial" about the harmful effects of pot.

Bennett made the comments Monday in discussing his new book on the topic at an event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.

Catholics called to do everything in their power to end trafficking

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Highlighting the life, suffering and enduring hope of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley called for reflection and action to combat modern-day slavery during his homily on the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on Sunday.

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