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God Is Love: Charles Flowers, the director of the no-nonsense Christian camp Love Demonstrated Ministries, was arrested in August and charged with dragging a 15-year-old camper on her stomach behind a van after she either could not or would not keep pace on a morning run.

In August, Buena Park, Calif., Baptist pastor Wiley Drake acknowledged asking his congregation to pray for the deaths of two leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State because they had been calling for an IRS investigation of Drake for endorsing a presidential candidate (former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee). Said Drake: "The Bible says that if anybody attacks God's people ... children will become orphans and wives will become widows."

About a dozen Islamic punk-rock bands toured the United States this summer, according to a June Newsweek report, with most using their music as a loud protest of both U.S. treatment of Muslims and the corruption of Islam by violent fundamentalists. Bands such as Diacritical, Vote Hezbollah and the Kominas (Punjabi for "bastards") describe their music with the term (loosely translated) "hard-core piety."

Some radio stations in Israel have banned male singer Eliyahu Faizkov, 20, supposedly because he sings in a falsetto voice. According to some rabbinical scholars, Jewish law forbids men to listen to females' voices, or female-sounding voices, just as it forbids men from seeing certain uncovered parts of women's bodies.

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