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The collision of two core American values — freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination — is prompting a showdown in legislatures and courts across the country.

For some conservatives, religious freedom means the right to act on their opposition to same-sex marriage and other practices that go against their beliefs. LGBT advocates and their allies, meanwhile, say no one in the United States should face discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

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A Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow students to take part in religious activities at Kentucky's public schools. 

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An African American couple who recently moved to Lyon County have become a target of confusion and fear on social media. Area residents have taken to outlets including Facebook and Topix voicing concern about a rumored ‘Muslim’ group of ‘Refugees’ on private property.

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Gov. Matt Bevin told a group of ministers assembled at the governor’s mansion last week to ignore a federal law that forbids tax-exempt churches from advocating for the election or defeat of political candidates.

The Holy Bible, along with several other books that incorporate aspects of religion, made the American Library Association's list of top-10 most challenged books in 2015.

By the end of the century, Muslims could outnumber Christians for the first time in history, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center.

"Another way of thinking about it is Christianity had a seven-century head-start on Islam, and Islam is finally catching up," says Alan Cooperman, the director of religion research at Pew.

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There is a big, bright festival underway in India right now: Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival of lights, celebrated each autumn. The idea is light overtaking darkness or good overcoming evil, says Mayur Bhandare, president of the Indian Student Association at Murray State University. He tells Matt Markgraf about some of the historical traditions and stories behind the festival, and how Diwali is being celebrated both back home and this weekend on the MSU campus.

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"Where did we come from?" is one of the biggest questions we wrestle with.  Some will say the answers lie only in science; others will say religion is the sole source of truth.  And some from both sides say the two sides are irreconcilable.  But are they?  Two Murray State University professors are giving a presentation tonight that asserts that, far from conflicting, science and religion are in harmony when it comes to where our planet and all its life came from.  Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Josh Ridley of Murray State's Institute of Engineering and Dr.

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  A growing number of Kentuckians don’t affiliate with any religion, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.  It’s part of a nationwide trend that should get the attention of politicians.

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The film Pariah is a coming-of-age art drama looking at the life of a young woman in New York City discovering her own identity and the conflicts that arise from race, religion, sexual orientation and adolescent anxiety. Murray State University Minority Teaching Fellow Tracie Gilbert joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the film and the unique stories it presents that tend to get overlooked, ahead of tonight's 7:30 showing at the Curris Center Theatre.

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