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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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Top Catholics and evangelicals: Gay marriage worse than divorce or cohabitation

NEW YORK (RNS) A high-profile alliance of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage that calls same-sex unions “a graver threat” than divorce or cohabitation, one that will lead to a moral dystopia in America and the...
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Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) The entirely preventable California measles outbreak has now sickened more than 70 people. With perhaps hundreds more exposed, the outbreak will likely continue. As the disease spreads, experts will debate how we respond and what to do about the anti-vaccine movement that’s...
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In major move, Mormon apostles call for statewide LGBT protections

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the Salt Lake Tribune byline. SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday (Jan...
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San Francisco priest bars altar girls, sparks another controversy

(RNS) A Catholic priest who recently took charge of a San Francisco parish has said only boys can be altar servers, a move that is sparking both criticism and praise and comes amid a wider debate over conservative concerns that the Catholic Church has become too “feminized.” As me...
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Auschwitz was about the Jews (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) I might have seen Anne Frank’s body. That was what went through my mind as I watched the new HBO documentary “Night Will Fall.” In 1945, as Allied soldiers liberated the concentration camps, combat and newsreel cameramen recorded the scenes from hell that they encountered. S...
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Snowstorm may lay bare our ‘control addiction’ (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Apocalypse or snowstorm? For a nervous few days, we worried that life as we know it in New York would be undone by a monster blizzard. As it turned out, we didn’t get the feared 36 inches. But as we stood in long grocery lines and planned escape routes from work, we realized...
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Most Americans are clueless about Sikhs

WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans know little or nothing about Sikhs and many mistake the turban-wearing faithful for Muslims, a new survey shows. The survey, commissioned by a nonprofit seeking to build positive images of U.S. Sikhism, found that 60 percent of non-Asian-Americans s...
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Richard McBrien, outspoken liberal theologian and Notre Dame scholar, dies at 78

(RNS) The Rev. Richard McBrien, a renowned Catholic theologian at the University of Notre Dame who wrote comprehensive works on church history and delivered punchy sound bites from a liberal perspective, died Sunday (Jan. 25). He was 78 and had been in poor health for several years....
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Auschwitz survivor: Being alive is best ‘revenge’

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. TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) Shortly after the Nazi invasion of what was then Hungary in May 1944, Renee Ganz’s family and most of the 25,000 Jews...
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Self-described Christians sniping on email have forgotten Jesus’ teachings (COMMENTARY)

WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) May a Christian send hate mail? This is no mere academic exercise; a friend of mine regularly receives many hateful emails from self-professing Christians. For example (I’ve kept their spelling and grammar intact): * “I am a spirit-filled ordained pastor of t...
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