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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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COMMENTARY: A letter to Christians about LGBT protections and religious freedom

(RNS) Dear faithful brothers and sisters: Some of you do not understand how your country can extend employment protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. I have been in ministry with LGBT people for decades, so permit me to share with you what happened Monday (J...
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United Church of Bacon: May the Lard be with you

(RNS) “Hail Bacon, Full of grease, The Lard is with thee.” So go the opening lines to the United Church of Bacon’s “Hail Piggy: A Prayer for Bacon.” Despite all the puns (most UCB clergy are “friars”), the secular church has a serious mission: to fight religious discrimination...
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COMMENTARY: Islam is just the latest U.S. scapegoat

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in the Star-Ledger in Newark. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the Star-Ledger byline. (RNS) Historians have a term we call the scapegoating concept of history. This is the idea that people tend to look for oth...
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COMMENTARY:  Why evangelicals’ love for Jews is a case of unrequited love

(RNS) According to a new survey, white evangelical Christians feel a lot of warmth toward Jews. As for Jews, they feel colder toward evangelical Christians than they do about any other religious group. Cue the Taylor Swift ballads: We have here a serious case of unrequited love....
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Sufi Muslims push designer Roberto Cavalli to pull an offensive logo

(RNS) A group devoted to the mystical Sufi tradition of Islam is taking to the streets and social media as it fights for the removal of the faith’s religious symbol on designer Roberto Cavalli’s “Just Cavalli” clothing and fragrance line. Cavalli is an Italian fashion designer kno...
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Hobby Lobby protesters ‘Knit a Brick’

(RNS) Did the Hobby Lobby decision make you so mad you could knit a brick?     That's the question behind a new protest spearheaded by the Secular Coalition for America, an umbrella advocacy organization of more than a dozen atheist and humanist groups. The coalition wants anyone u...
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Utah asks Supreme Court for urgent intervention to halt same-sex marriage recognition

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. (RNS) Utah asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday (July 16) to issue an emergency order that would p...
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Hobby Lobby’s Green family postpones launch of public school Bible curriculum

(RNS) Fresh off their victory in the Supreme Court, the Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby craft chain, appear to have hit a stumbling block in one of their other projects — a potentially controversial public school elective on the Bible. On Wednesday (July 16), the nonprofit...
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Faith communities are dumping their fossil fuel investments

(RNS) Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies, which release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. “The warning in Scripture that ‘the wages of...
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In ‘The Devilers’ comic book, exorcists convene to stop hell from breaking loose

(RNS) There’s never a better time for a bunch of holy avengers than when all hell actually breaks loose. The Dynamite Entertainment series The Devilers debuts Wednesday (July 16) as an action-packed supernatural comic book full of demonic beasties, big-picture philosophies and her...
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