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8-year-old student not feminine enough, school says

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) The family of a little girl in western Virginia has removed her from her school after administrators said she did not appear feminine enough.     Sunnie Kahle, 8, likes autographed baseballs and hunting knives alon...
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David Trobisch lends Green family’s Bible Museum a scholarly edge

(RNS) In 2006, New Testament scholar David Trobisch abandoned such lofty outlets as Oxford Press and the Journal of Papyrology and Epigraphy for a more mainstream venue: Free Inquiry. In that feisty secular humanist journal, Trobisch identified the likely editor of the New Testame...
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A ‘Christian’ Tinder: Do Christians want or need it? (COMMENTARY)

SAN FRANCISCO (RNS) The first thing I had to do is enter my favorite Bible verse. I debated for a while, thinking I could go the easy route and say it was John 3:16 or Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,”) but I was feeling cheeky so I ente...
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Islamic State’s sophisticated recruiting campaign poses persistent threat in U.S.

WASHINGTON — The arrests of six Minnesota men accused earlier this month of attempting to join the Islamic State group, highlights an unprecedented marketing effort being waged by the militant group in Iraq and Syria, U.S. law enforcement officials and terror analysts said. It’s a...
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In Boston, engaging both sides of the church’s debate on gays (ANALYSIS)

BOSTON (RNS) Only a few dozen worshippers attend Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist Church on a typical Sunday, but the historic church was once so prominent that legendary preacher Dwight L. Moody called it “America’s pulpit.” This week, Tremont’s massive auditorium played host to i...
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Genocides and Holocausts: Never again (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) One hundred years ago, in April 1915 as World War I raged across Europe, the government of the Ottoman Empire attacked its Armenian citizens. Over the next several years, it is estimated that as many as 1.5 million Armenians died. Able-bodied men were murdered or enslaved as f...
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Faith leaders call for religious protections ahead of gay marriage hearing

(RNS) As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on Tuesday (April 28) that could wind up legalizing gay marriage nationwide, dozens of Christian leaders have issued a call to civil authorities to preserve “the unique meaning of marriage in the law” — but also to “protect...
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Sifting through religious debris in ‘Dig,’ what’s fact and what’s fiction?

(RNS) Trapdoors, secret chambers and mysterious torch-lit beach rituals. The eighth episode of “Dig,” the Holy Land conspiracy thriller that aired Thursday (April 23) on the USA Network, serves up all these classic elements of suspense. But that heady cocktail comes with a shot of...
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What the Polish president could have said about his country’s Holocaust complicity (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) The director of the FBI stepped in it. Or did he? Last week, James B. Comey delivered a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in which he said the murderers and accomplices of Germany, Poland and Hungary “convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing...
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Will the PBS series ‘Wolf Hall’ tarnish St. Thomas More’s halo?

(RNS) Sir Thomas More loses his head in this Sunday’s episode (April 26) of the acclaimed PBS historical drama, “Wolf Hall,” which is not much of a spoiler since that’s what infamously happened to More in 1535 at the hands of King Henry VIII. The real suspense now is whether More...
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On eve of anniversary, Turkey’s ‘cultural genocide’ of Armenian history is ongoing

YUKARI BAKRACLI, Turkey (RNS) This tiny Kurdish village outside the city of Van in Turkey’s southeast is home to the ruins of a once-famous 11th-century Armenian Christian monastery. Known to Armenians as Varagavank, it thrived as a place of worship until Turkish forces looted it...
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