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Did a Missouri Politician Shoot Himself over Rumors He Was Jewish?

Did Missouri Politician Tom Schweich Shoot Himself over Rumors He Was Jewish?

Originally posted 02/27/2015 04:30PM

Seven minutes before police were called to his Clayton, Missouri, home to investigate the sound of a single gunshot, Tom Schweich called a friendly editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and calmly offered the paper an exclusive interview for later that day.

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WATCH: Opposites Attract on New Lifetime Series Kosher Soul

Originally posted 02/24/2015 05:30PM

"I'll teach you how to Dougie."

"I don't need to Dougie right now."

That's an exchange that happens during a discussion of the wedding seating chart, and it's also an accurate summary of life for Miriam Sternoff and O'Neal McKnight. This couple star in the new Lifetime reality series Kosher Soul, which explores love between cultures. Miriam's family is white and Jewish. O'Neal's is African-American and from the South.

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Muslims Form a 'Ring of Peace' Around Oslo Synagogue Following Anti-Semitic Attacks in Europe

Muslims Form a 'Ring of Peace' Around Oslo Synagogue Following Anti-Semitic Attacks in Europe

Originally posted 02/22/2015 03:10PM

In sub-zero temperatures, more than 1,000 people formed a "ring of peace" around a synagogue in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday, reports the The Daily Telegraph.

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Pope Francis's Meeting with Transsexual Gives 'Powerful' Hope to LGBT Catholics | Pope Francis

Pope Francis's Meeting with Transsexual Gives 'Powerful' Hope to LGBT Catholics

Originally posted 01/27/2015 04:15PM

As word spread that Pope Francis had opened his residence to a transsexual man denounced by his own parish priest, LGBT activists celebrated the papal meeting as powerful help in the fight for acceptance.

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Pope Francis Warns Those Who Mock Religion: 'A Punch in the Nose' Awaits

Pope Francis Warns Those Who Mock Religion: 'A Punch in the Nose' Awaits

Originally posted 01/15/2015 03:45PM

Pope Francis says nothing justifies the murder of Charlie Hebdo journalists, but in his first extensive, personal comments on the Jan. 7 terror attack in Paris, the pontiff warned Thursday that mocking a person's religion is dangerous business.

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Mennonite Pastor's Credential Revoked Over Son's Same-Sex Wedding

After Officiating Son's Same-Sex Wedding, Mennonite Pastor Gets His Credential Revoked

Originally posted 11/10/2014 08:00PM

When Phil Wenger wanted to marry his partner, he asked his father, 96-year-old Chester Wenger, a longtime pastor and missionary in the Mennonite Church, to officiate.

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VIDEO: Mother Who Lost Kids in Christmas Day Fire Says She Doesn't Blame God

Mother Who Lost Kids in Christmas Day Fire Tells Oprah She Doesn't Blame God (Video)

Originally posted 10/22/2014 09:25PM

In the face of unimaginable loss, Madonna Badger says faith was one thing she didn't lose.

On Christmas Day in 2011, Badger's three young daughters and her parents all perished in an accidental fire that raged through her Stamford, Connecticut, home early that morning.

Now, in an exclusive clip, she sits down with Oprah Winfrey for an upcoming episode of Super Soul Sunday on OWN, discussing how she coped in the days following the tragedy.

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WATCH: Mormons Explain 'Temple Garments' (Video)

Originally posted 10/22/2014 10:55AM

The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God.

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Spider-Man Now Has a JDate Profile

UpdatePosted 04/25/2014 12:45PM

Spider-Man Now Has a JDate Profile

Originally posted 04/24/2014 04:15PM

As dates go, this guy's a real swinger.

In an interview with Time Out London, Andrew Garfield reveals that, besides having the heightened senses and powers of a spider, his character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Jewish.

"Peter Parker is not a simple dude," Garfield explains. "He ums and ahs about his future because he's neurotic. It's a defining feature."

Garfield, whose father is Jewish, added that he was including himself in his assessment: "I have that in me, for sure."

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Candace Cameron Bure on Critics: I Know People Don't Agree with My Beliefs

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Candace Cameron Bure: I Know People Don't Agree with My Beliefs

Originally posted 04/23/2014 02:45PM

Not everyone is going to agree with Candace Cameron Bure's evangelical Christian beliefs – and she's okay with that.

"As much as you want to try and explain your position to people, sometimes at the end of the day it is not worth it," the former Full House star tells PEOPLE. "I need to invest my time in my family and not trying to please everybody or getting them to see my own point of view."

As a contestant on this season of Dancing with the Stars, Bure, 38, has garnered praise and criticism for her conservative beliefs and her "boundaries" that have left her modestly clothed and with fully-dressed partners (even when pro dancer Mark Ballas wanted to show off his abs).

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