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Religion affects many areas of society in a profound way. It shapes the moral standards of individuals, which in turn influences the decisions of policy makers. It has played an important role in many movements for social change, including the movement to abolish slavery in the United States. Many religious organizations work to promote social welfare by such actions as assisting the poor, caring for the sick, and sheltering the homeless. Also, in some societies, a shared religion is a powerful social bond that ties people together. However, when people of different faiths live together, religious differences can lead to conflict and even war. Throughout history, societies have attempted to find the appropriate role for religion in public life—one that takes advantage of religion’s many benefits while controlling its divisive tendencies.
"Religious Issues." Current Issues: Macmillan Social Science Library. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.


At Ground Zero, Proposed Mosque Not Only Controversy
Hampson, Rick. "At Ground Zero, Proposed Mosque Not Only Controversy - USATODAY.com." At Ground Zero, Proposed Mosque Not Only Controversy - USATODAY.com. USA Today, 09 Sept. 2010. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-08-20-1Agroundzero20_CV_N.htm>.

Proposed Muslim Center Draws Protesters on Both Sides
Grynbaum, Michael M. "Proposed Muslim Center Draws Protesters on Both Sides of the Issue." New York Times 23 Aug. 2010: A14(L). Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.


"Sally Kohn on Ground Zero Cultural Center and Mosque Controversy." YouTube. Fox News, 18 Aug. 2010. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOifv9KixQU>.




Why it Matters: Abortion and Birth Control
Crary, David. "The Associated Press: WHY IT MATTERS: Abortion and Birth Control."Google News. Associated Press, 01 Oct. 2012. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hFIBzRgm5M3wIBrxn9Sv93C5gyTA?docId=42381bdf31f64ad4bd63c5f387eb239c>.

Abortion Free Zone
Sheppard, Kate. "Abortion-free zone: one Wichita doctor is willing to brave protesters and death threats to carry on George Tiller's legacy. But first, she needs to find someone who will rent her an office." Mother Jones May-June 2011: 12+. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.


"Abortion Doctor Killed at Church." YouTube. ABC News, 01 June 2009. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUA5JY2zD6g>.
Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show Controversy
"Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show Controversy." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Sept. 2012. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XXXVIII_halftime_show_controversy>.

L'Affaire Bodice: Why we are shocked, shocked
Stanley, Alessandra. "L'Affaire Bodice: Why We Are Shocked, Shocked." New York Times 8 Feb. 2004: WK16. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.


Motavalli, Jim. "Stewards of the Earth." E Magazine. Nov./Dec. 2002: 24-39. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 03 Oct 2012.

Most Voters Support Same Sex Marriage; But History Is On Opposition's Side
"Poll: Most voters favor same-sex marriage; But history is on opposition's side."Washington Times [Washington, DC] 28 Sept. 2012: A16. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.

Black Pastors Take Heat for Not Seeing Same Sex Marriage as a Civil Rights Issue
Fisher, Marc. "Black Pastors Take Heat for Not Viewing Same-sex Marriage as Civil Rights Matter." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2012. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/black-pastors-take-heat-for-not-viewing-same-sex-marriage-as-civil-rights-matter/2012/02/22/gIQAVZzeWR_story.html>.



TexasValues. "Chick-fil-A's Stance on Same-sex Marriage Causes Controversy." YouTube. Fox News, 26 July 2012. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y0x_HNjx7M>.

Wisconsin atheist group targets Valley's display of the Ten Commandments
"Wisconsin atheist group targets Valley's display of Ten Commandments." Valley News-Dispatch [Tarentum, PA] 23 Mar. 2012. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.

Battling anew over the place of religion in public schools
Eckholm, Erik. "Battling Anew Over the Place Of Religion in Public Schools." New York Times 28 Dec. 2011: A10(L). Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.

Religion has big role in Muhlenberg tornado recovery
"Religion has big role in Muhlenberg tornado recovery: Faith-based group to help with rebuilding." Messenger-Inquirer [Owensboro, KY] 14 Apr. 2008. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 3 Oct. 2012.

Taking on the Food Stamp Challenge
Bernstein, Rabbi Edward. "Taking on the Food Stamp Challenge: Answering Isaiah's Call to Social Justice on Yom Kippur." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 24 Sept. 2012. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-edward-bernstein/food-stamp-challenge-isaiah-call-to-social-justice-yom-kippur_b_1904696.html>.

Dallas Muslim Charities and volunteers challenge poverty on Day of Dignity
Malki, Dina. "Dallas Muslim Charities and Volunteers Challenge Poverty at the Day of Dignity." Examiner.com. Clarity Digital Group, 01 Oct. 2012. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://www.examiner.com/article/dallas-muslim-charities-and-volunteers-challenge-poverty-at-the-day-of-dignity>.

Ministering to Soldiers, and Facing their Struggles
Freedman, Samuel G. "Ministering to Soldiers, and Facing Their Struggles." New York Times 2 July 2011: A13(L). Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 4 Oct. 2012.

In hard hit Indiana, churches pull together
Lawton, Kim. "In hard-hit Indiana, churches pull together." The Christian Century126.11 (2009): 14. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 4 Oct. 2012.