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Some updates in religion:

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And here are some national religion stories so far this week:

Scholarship yanked due to LDS mission

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer/Associated Press (07/24/2007)
If West Virginia University student David Haws had chosen to go to school elsewhere, it’s unlikely the Mormon would have been forced to choose between his religion and his state-funded merit scholarship.

Feds raid charity suspected of aiding Hezbollah
Paul Egan/Detroit News (07/24/2007)
DEARBORN — Federal agents this morning raided the offices of the Dearborn-based charity Goodwill Charitable Organization in an investigation related to alleged ties between the charity and Hezbollah.


Fighting abortion issue, Christians turn to adoption
James Hohmann/Dallas Morning News (07/22/2007)
In the days before Texas had nearly 19,000 abused, abandoned and neglected children on its foster care rolls, the church often helped take care of orphans. Now, some conservative Christians say an intense focus on hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage has come at the expense of caring for needy children. And they’re doing something about it.

A Boost for the Book of Jeremiah
David Van Biema/Time (07/21/2007)
By confirming the historical accuracy of a tiny detail, a two-inch clay tablet long in the possession of the British Museum has given ammunition to those who believe that the Bible — specifically, in this case, the book of the prophet Jeremiah — is history. That, at least, is what the believers are claiming.


Tammy Faye Messner, ex-wife of disgraced evangelist Jim Bakker, dies at 65
Associated Press (07/22/2007:
RALEIGH, N.C. – Tammy Faye Messner, who as Tammy Faye Bakker helped her husband, Jim, build a multimillion-dollar evangelism empire and then watched it collapse in disgrace, has died. She was 65.