from The Great Debate:

Avoid a classic blunder: Stay out of religious wars in the Middle East

By Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
September 16, 2014

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Muslims in the Middle East are fighting wars of religion. Like the carnage between Protestants and Catholics that haunted Northern Ireland during the last third of the 20th century, there is little anyone can do until local peoples crave peace so intensely they are willing to cultivate it.

At landmark Berlin rally, German Chancellor Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

September 14, 2014
(German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes an address during an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Background reads ' Stand up !'. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch )

(German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes an address during an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Background reads ‘”Stand up ! Never again hatred of Jews! REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Pope Francis marries couples who have cohabited, had children

By Reuters Staff
September 14, 2014
(Pope Francis officiates a mass at the wedding of 20 couples in St.Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Alberto Pizzoli/)

(Pope Francis officiates a mass at the wedding of 20 couples in St.Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Alberto Pizzoli)

Scotland’s ‘Kirk’ appeals for reconciliation after independence vote

By Reuters Staff
September 14, 2014
(DATE IMPORTED:September 12, 2014The Scottish Saltire flag (L) and the British Union flag are seen outside a shop in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland September 12, 2014. The referendum on Scottish independence will take place on September 18, when Scotland will vote whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom. REUTERS/Paul Hackett )

(The Scottish Saltire flag (L) and the British Union flag are seen outside a shop in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett )

Pope Francis says world’s many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three

By Reuters Staff
September 13, 2014
(Pope Francis walks inside the Austro-Hungarian cemetery at Fogliano in Redipuglia September 13, 2014. Pope Francis marked the centenary of World War One (WWI) at the Redipuglia Military Sacrarium with a mass. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

(Pope Francis walks inside the Austro-Hungarian cemetery at Fogliano in Redipuglia September 13, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

Pope to visit Turkey in November

September 13, 2014
(The sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye mosque in Istanbul February 19, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer )

(The sun sets over the Ottoman-era Suleymaniye mosque in Istanbul February 19, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Topless activists acquitted over raid at Paris Notre Dame Cathedral

By Reuters Staff
September 13, 2014
(Activists from the women's rights organisation Femen ring a bell as the protest in front of the new eight bronze bells displayed in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. According to activists, the protest was organized to celebrate the resignation of Pope Benedict and the French parliament’s decision to approve a draft law allowing same-sex marriage. The slogan at 2ndL reads "Faith crisis". REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

(Activists from the women’s rights organisation Femen ring a bell as the protest in front of the new eight bronze bells displayed in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Ian Paisley – “Doctor No” who said Yes to peace in Northern Ireland

September 13, 2014
(File photograph shows Northern Ireland's new first minister Ian Paisley (L) and deputy first minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in at a ceremony at Stormont, Belfast May 8, 2007. Hardline Protestant cleric and Northern Ireland's former leader Ian Paisley has died, his Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said on Friday. REUTERS/Paul Faith/Pool/Files )

(File photograph shows Northern Ireland’s new first minister Ian Paisley (L) and deputy first minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in at a ceremony at Stormont, Belfast May 8, 2007.  REUTERS/Paul Faith)

China tells Dalai Lama again to respect reincarnation

September 10, 2014
(The Dalai Lama gestures before speaking to students during a talk at Mumbai University February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

(The Dalai Lama gestures before speaking to students during a talk at Mumbai University February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi clerics condemn Islamic State but preach intolerance

By Reuters Staff
September 10, 2014
(Saudi members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or religious police, attend a training course in Riyadh September 1, 2007. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji )

(Saudi members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or religious police, attend a training course in Riyadh September 1, 2007. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji )