religion and faith

One of the Vatican's most prominent critics, who pushed for greater protections for children and harsher punishments for pedophile priests, has taken a leave of absence from the pope's advisory commission on clerical sex abuse.

Israel made a decision last week that supporters are calling game-changing. Men and women will be allowed to worship together at the holiest place where Jews can legally pray. This could lead to other changes in Israel.

Batya Kallus, who helped negotiate the deal that led to the government decision, is jubilant.

"This is groundbreaking," she says. "We've reconceived what the Western Wall includes."

President Obama delivered remarks at a mosque in Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon, in the first visit to an American mosque he's made during his presidency.

His visit, which also included a roundtable with Muslim community members, ws intended to "reaffirm the importance of religious freedom" to life in America, the White House says.

He opened by thanking Muslim-Americans for their service to their communities, before declaring the importance of religious tolerance in America.

The Record: Thursday, Jan. 28, Full Show

Jan 28, 2016
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Why is Seattle spending $50 million to address a homeless crisis that gets worse? The mayor says the city's many, many nonprofits are well-meaning, but wasteful.

Also, the federal government is demanding some of its military surplus back from Washington state.

And how much worse can Catholic Church sexual abuse be? Ask Native Americans.

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Abusive Priests On Indian Reservations Leave ‘Profound Wound’

Jan 28, 2016
Attorney Vito De La Cruz in the KUOW studios.
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Until the 1960s, Catholic boarding schools forcibly took Native American children from their families.

The rise of ISIS and other Muslim extremist groups in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia has brought horrific persecution of non-Muslims — Christians, Jews and other religious minorities. Now, a group of Islamic scholars, Muslim leaders and government ministers from Muslim-majority countries has promised to work together to protect those minorities, saying Islam forbids religious persecution.

The Record: Tuesday, Jan 26, Full Show

Jan 26, 2016
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Seattle's mayor says homelessness is dividing the city into two overheated, unrealistic conversations. He'll tell you the solutions that he calls "reality-based." 

A Seattle animal researcher will tell you why she wants your vacation photos -- yes, even your iPhone snapshots can help her.

And a survivor of rape at a Seattle Catholic school wants to know why his attacker was not on that list released by the Seattle Archdiocese.

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Steve O'Connor in the KUOW studios.
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Bill Radke talks with Steve O'Connor about why he's calling on the Seattle Archdiocese to expand it's list of known child abusers. O'Connor was sexually abused by a teacher named Dan Adamson in the early 1960s at St. Benedict Catholic school in Wallingford. Adamson wasn't on the Seattle Archdiocese's list. 

'Week in Review' panel Knute Berger, Rob McKenna, classy Bill Radke and Lesley Hazleton.
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Tent camps, car camps – is Seattle solving homelessness or attracting it? Do you trust Seattle’s Catholic Church anymore? And, in our forward-thinking frontier town, how much should you observe the rules of etiquette? Bill Radke chews the news (with mouth closed) together with author Lesley Hazleton, Crosscut's Knute Berger and former attorney general Rob McKenna.

Tuesday was an important holiday in the Russian Orthodox Church: Epiphany, which celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.

Russian believers mark the event by re-enacting that baptism in ponds and rivers, and since Russia is far north of the Jordan, that means plunging into freezing water through holes cut in the ice.

Big cities like Moscow often set up elaborate stations where people can take the plunge, but people in other cities go for the do-it-yourself approach.

The Record: Tuesday, Jan. 19, Full Show

Jan 19, 2016
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Today on The Record: The Catholic Church of Seattle has released the names of clergy and church workers accused of sexually abusing young people. We'll get reaction from someone who says as a child, she was abused by her priest. Also, should Seattle let people who have no other home park their RVs along the street? And what's wrong with you saying "the" Puget Sound?

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When the Seattle Archdiocese released names of 77 abusive clergy last week, many Catholics heralded a new era of transparency.

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The Archdiocese of Seattle on Friday named 77 Catholic clergy or religious order members accused of sexually abusing minors.

Those on the list served or lived in Western Washington between 1923 and 2008, the archdiocese said in a statement. The list includes names of priests that haven’t been disclosed publicly before.  

A debate is raging in France over whether Jewish men should avoid wearing the traditional yarmulke, so as not to identify themselves at a time of increasing violence by young radical Islamists. The proposal was put forth this week by a Jewish leader in Marseille, following a knife attack on a local Jewish teacher.

Zvi Ammar, head of Marseille's 60,000-strong Jewish community, suggested it might be better if Jews in Marseille stopped wearing the yarmulke, also known as a kippah.

"For the time being," Ammar said, "at least until these barbarians calm down."

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Larycia Hawkins urges her students to reach beyond academics by living out their beliefs in the real world. Now, she might lose her job for practicing what she preaches in the classroom. 

Hawkins is a 43-year-old political science professor at Wheaton College in Illinois (not to be confused with the Wheaton College in Norton, MA). She has been teaching at the private evangelical Christian school for nine years and she has academic tenure. 

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