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Pope Francis is calling on those who use and control the media to avoid disinformation and "the sickness of coprophilia" — comparing a love of scandal to an abnormal interest in feces that can also include elements of sexual arousal . An obsession with scandal can do great harm, Francis said Wednesday, in remarks that also cited people's tendency toward coprophagia (the eating of feces). "I believe that the media should be very clear, very transparent, and not fall prey — without offence,...

When you walk into the Smithsonian's " Art of the Qur'an " exhibition, you're met with a book that weighs 150 pounds. The tome, which dates back to the late-1500s, has giant pages that are covered in gold and black Arabic script. "Somebody spent a lot of time, probably years, to complete this manuscript," says curator Massumeh Farhad. "... The size tells you a great deal about it. I mean, clearly this was not a manuscript that could have been taken out every day for private reading. This was...

When it comes to assessing the possible risks and benefits of science and technology, who is the relevant authority? University scientists? Industry scientists? Religious organizations? Different people offer different answers. An article forthcoming in the journal Public Understanding of Science finds that many people place greater trust in university and industry scientists than in religious organizations to tell the truth about the risks and benefits of technologies and their applications....

Damage to the sign outside the mosque in Redmond.
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Bill Radke speaks with Mahmood Khadeer, president of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, about a sign outside a mosque in Redmond that was damaged in an attack last week. Khadeer shares his reaction to the vandalism and how he wants his community to react to hate.

Washington Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
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U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) is proposing legislation that would prohibit the federal government from creating a registry of Muslim Americans. President-elect Donald Trump voiced support for the idea during the campaign, saying it could help guard against domestic terrorism. And the notion has picked up steam recently after a supporter for Trump suggested that such a registry would be legal. DelBene sees it differently, and tells KUOW that the idea is disturbing. “Frankly,...

Stephen Bannon, center left, back, campaign CEO for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, looks on as Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Election Day.
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In journalism, we avoid wonk. Which is why we at KUOW discussed whether to use the term “alt-right.” Mainstream news sites have plugged it into headlines, but our readers and listeners were confused. What does that label even mean?

Pope Francis has declared that abortion, which remains a "grave sin" in the eyes of the Catholic Church, can be absolved by ordinary priests for the foreseeable future — instead of requiring the intervention of a bishop. The change was implemented on a temporary basis, for one year only, as part of the Catholic Church's "Year of Mercy," which began last December and ended on Sunday. In a letter released on Monday, the pope announced that the change was being extended indefinitely. "I wish to...

Minidoka Japanese internment camp in Idaho.
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Bill Radke talks to Tom Ikeda, the director of nonprofit Densho , about his family's experience in the Minidoka internment camps and how he's working to make sure no community in America is interned again.

The Washington Supreme Court Tuesday heard the case of a florist versus a same-sex couple who wanted flowers for their wedding in 2013. The owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, refused to take the job, saying it was against her religious beliefs.

Back in 2013, Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll were engaged to be married. Ingersoll remembers it was on a Friday, his birthday, when he asked the couple's long-time florist, Arlene's Flowers, to do arrangements for their upcoming wedding. "We had gone to Arlene's for many years and enjoyed her service. She did a great job for us. So it was just natural for us to go there and have her do our flowers," Ingersoll says. So when the shop's owner, Barronelle Stutzman, said no, it took a while for...

UW student Varisha Khan at the Democratic National Convention in July
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During his campaign, Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. because of his concerns about terrorism. Now that he's the president-elect, Muslims in Seattle are worried for their future.

Hossein Khorram (left) at a Republican viewing party of a presidential debate in Bellevue, Washington.
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There are about 20,000 self-identified Muslims in Washington state – and some are voting for Trump.

Bill Radke talks to professor David Domke, chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, about how racial and religious changes in the country affect elections.

For more than 30 years, conservative evangelical Christians have been tied to the Republican Party. While the pattern seems to be holding this year, with most conservative white Christians supporting Donald Trump, some evangelical leaders are now questioning the logic behind the political alliance. Prominent among them is Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant church group in the United States. In a...

Pope Francis arrived in Sweden on Monday for services marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation that split Lutherans and Catholics. He arrived in the southern city of Malmo, and is scheduled to attend an event with leaders of the Lutheran World Federation on Monday afternoon. He will also lead a service at a Lutheran Cathedral in the city of Lund, and a Mass at the arena in Malmo on Tuesday. Sweden is a secular, majority-Lutheran country. Some 72 million people belong to the...

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