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Why the post-racial label only perpetuates racism (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) The shooting of Michael Brown and the failure of a grand jury to indict the shooter, Darren Wilson, are symptoms of a wider malaise. It is part of a deep-seated illness that infects our body politic: racism. The sad reality is that so many people believe we live in…
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Are #Christian hashtags rallying the faithful or just luring trolls?

WASHINGTON (RNS) Standing on the sidewalk outside an imposing downtown church, Michael Corral carried a portable loudspeaker and a handmade wooden cross with an old-fashioned message: “REPENT & BELIEVE.” “They’re twisting Scripture to see through their sins,” he said, as a…
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Note to Netanyahu: Don’t make American Jewish life harder (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) There is a recurring segment on “The Jimmy Fallon Show” in which the comedian writes sarcastic thank you notes, accompanied by soft music. If world Jewry could adopt Jimmy Fallon’s practice, this week’s installment would go something like this: “Thank you, Prime Minist…
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Can a nation so wounded by its divisions survive? (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) For those of a certain age, Thanksgiving week will always be the week President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. In the same way, Sept. 11 will be the day terrorists brought religious extremism to American shores. Families have memories; schools, towns a…
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Ferguson pastors urge peace after grand jury doesn’t indict

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the St. Louis Post-Dispatch byline. ST. LOUIS (RNS) Like so many others Monday (Nov. 24) night, the congregants at West Side…
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