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COMMENTARY: Anti-Semitism card overplayed in Ukraine

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. (RNS) While Ukrainian Jewish leaders recognized the flier as a political dirty trick, it caused widespread outrage here in the United…
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Despite suspicions, Muslims determined to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon

(RNS) Ask Jalon Fowler, a 38-year-old IT specialist for John Hancock Financial Services, what advice she would give to two Muslim friends who will each be running their first Boston Marathon, and this Muslim convert is happy to opine.     ``Go easy; stay relaxed,'' Fowler s…
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`Heaven Is for Real’ _ and for everyone in new film

(RNS) Heaven is not only ``for real,'' it's pretty much for everyone in the new movie based on the near-death experience visions of a precocious preschooler.     The original book, ``Heaven Is for Real,'' was a 2010 sales sensation. Nebraska pastor Todd Burpo detailed his 4…
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T.D. Jakes: ‘Heaven’ movie reflects `growing wonder’ about afterlife

(RNS) Bishop T.D. Jakes, a producer of the new movie ``Heaven is for Real,'' said fascination with the story of Colton Burpo, a 4-year-old boy who claims to have glimpsed heaven after a near-death experience, reflects a ``growing wonder'' in the afterlife that spans religiou…
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New book exhorts atheists to `come out’ of the closet

(RNS) Greta Christina has a question for closeted atheists: Ask your openly gay and lesbian friends if their lives are better for coming out.     The answer, almost universally, she claims, is yes.     That's the message of her new book, ``Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It,…
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