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New hotline launches to help people leave religion behind

(RNS) A new crisis hotline for those struggling between faith and atheism launched Friday (Feb. 27). Called “The Hotline Project,” the 24-hour free service will match volunteers with people who are considering leaving religion. It is a project of Recovering From Religion,…
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Anti-Semitism a big problem at US colleges, report says

WASHINGTON (RNS) A student group in South Africa this month called on all Jews to leave the Durban University of Technology, an act of anti-Semitism that Americans could not imagine on their own college campuses. But a comprehensive survey of anti-Semitism at American coll…
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7 ways universities can begin to challenge anti-Semitism on campus

(RNS) I attended a university with many Jewish students. One year during Hanukkah, a student lit a menorah in his dorm room, left the menorah unattended, and accidentally set fire to his room. The next day, I overheard some students snickering in the cafeteria: “Do you thi…
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The death of 16 nuns and the allure of terrorism (COMMENTARY)

WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of armed fighters surround the convent, demanding the nuns leave the premises and renounce their faith. When the sisters refuse, they are publicly beheaded, saying prayers and singing hymns with their last breaths. Although it sounds like the lates…
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Theodore Hesburgh’s private faith in the public square (COMMENTARY)

WASHINGTON (RNS) Late Thursday night (Feb. 26), America lost one of its great heroes, the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, the longtime president of the University of Notre Dame. He was 97. My first real encounter with Hesburgh was during my first few months at the White House. Pre…
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