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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a so-called campus religious freedom bill. Critics say the law allows tax dollars to support campus organizations that discriminate in their membership. But Brownback says this legislation protects the rights of religious groups.

“You should be able to associate. You should be able to have public organizations that have sets of values and beliefs. This is very narrowly targeted, I think it’s responsibly targeted,” Brownback says.

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With the recent developments in Syria and Iraq--and the power of ISIS increasing--more and more questions about extremist religious-based violence arise.

KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc discussed some of the issues with a scholar who will be in Wichita to present a program on the subject this weekend.

During President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Africa, he made a stop in the West African nation of Senegal. Traditionally, the U.S. press corps’ coverage of Africa has tended to focus on military coups, religious and ethnic conflicts, and the AIDS epidemic. Because of this, Senegal, a former French colony, has fallen through the cracks of American media scrutiny.