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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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Combating anti-Semitism on campus? There’s an app for that

(RNS) Students advocating for a Palestinian state scream “baby killer” and hit  a Temple University Jewish student  in the face. Members of a Jewish fraternity at the University of Oregon awake to find swastikas painted on 11 Jewish students’ mailboxes. Fliers at the University...
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To fight Ebola, African religious leaders draw safe practices road map

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) African church leaders, theologians and health professionals have drawn up a road map they hope might help ease stigma and educate faith communities in the fight against Ebola. The virus has killed more than 5,000 so far and has been declared a global security...
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4 things HIV can teach us about fighting Ebola (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Every year on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day focuses attention on the disease that last year infected another 2.1 million people and took more than 1.5 million lives, according to UNAIDS. After 26 years of World AIDS Days, the death toll stands at a staggering 39 million. And yet, w...
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Hobby Lobby president’s Bible curriculum shelved by Oklahoma school district

(RNS) An Oklahoma school district has shelved a Bible curriculum that Hobby Lobby President Steve Green had hoped would be used by students in January. Two legal groups that opposed the elective said Tuesday (Nov. 25) that the Mustang Public Schools decided not to feature the curr...
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HBO’s pending Scientology doc likely to anger Tom Cruise

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) Words to alert lawyers (and maybe unnerve Tom Cruise): HBO is finishing up a tough documentary on the Church of Scientology. The Holl...
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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 a post-...
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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 group o...
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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 Minister Netan...
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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 and state...
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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 Mission...
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