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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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America’s Christian conservatives ponder a ‘Babylonian exile’ (ANALYSIS)

(RNS) From the moment they set foot on North American soil, the Puritans who came to the continent viewed their “errand into the wilderness” through a biblical lens, seeing themselves as modern-day Israelites building a New Jerusalem in the New World. But today, the culture war de...
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At church rally, community pours out support for Michael Brown’s family

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. FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS)  Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton told a packed church on Sunday (Au...
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Across America, silent vigils in Michael Brown’s memory

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) In cities large and small, people across America came together to silently remember Michael Brown, a teen none knew in life but whose d...
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As online anti-Semitism grows, so do efforts to counter it

BERLIN (RNS) It’s been 17 years since Suzette Bronkhorst co-founded the Dutch Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet, but she said she doesn’t remember the level of anti-Semitic speech on social media platforms ever being this high. “There are thousands of incidents...
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No longer behind the curve: Black churches address mental illness

(RNS) The death of beloved comedian Robin Williams has heightened awareness of suicide and its relationship to mental health problems. But many African-American churches quietly began educating members on the issue well before the Oscar winner’s death. “A lot of times in the past,...
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Civil rights groups to feds: Purge your anti-Muslim training materials

(RNS) Civil rights and religious groups say efforts to rid federal agencies of anti-Muslim bias have faltered and prejudice against Muslims persists, particularly in the training of anti-terrorism officers. On Thursday (Aug. 14), 75 groups — including the Council on American-Islam...
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After the Ferguson protests, church volunteers pick up the pieces

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. FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) On the fourth morning after Michael Brown’s death, residents from different...
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In her own words: Lauren Bacall talks of her Jewish identity

(RNS) Lauren Bacall, who died Tuesday (Aug. 12) at 89, had mixed feelings about her Jewishness. In “By Myself,” her autobiography, she wrote that she “felt totally Jewish and always would,” yet chided herself for not being more open about her Jewish identity. Below, five facts abo...
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US must ‘destroy’ Islamic State, say religious conservatives

(RNS) A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders, led by mostly conservative Catholic, evangelical and Jewish activists, is calling on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremists in Iraq. They say “nothing short of the destruction” of the Islami...
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Someone tell the president: Iraqi Christians are dying (COMMENTARY)

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) It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results hav...
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