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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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The NFL and the church share the same culture of silence on abuse (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Too often, it can be easy to assume that some issues are less prevalent in the church. We forget that, as a collective of individuals shaped by the culture at large, sin is indiscriminate in whom it touches. Many church leaders do not realize that all evils are present in thei...
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Yale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel

(RNS) When an Episcopal chaplain at Yale University seemed to suggest that Jews were culpable for Israel’s actions against Palestinians and a related rise in global anti-Semitism, his comments not only led to his resignation but rekindled a debate within mainline Protestant churches...
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Does the Muslim headscarf boost body image?

(RNS) In non-Muslim societies, a woman in a headscarf is often perceived as less approachable and sociable, according to past research, and some see the head covering as a means of repressing women. But a new British study concludes that for many Muslim women, the headscarf, or hi...
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Historic civil rights church to be considered for national recognition

(RNS) The West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, where the Rev. Ralph Abernathy Sr. and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. met, prayed and organized the civil rights movement, could be on its way to formal national recognition after a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on...
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For Ismaili Muslims, a Toronto milestone

TORONTO (RNS) Two new Muslim attractions opening soon should help dispel negative stereotypes of Islam, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.     The country's first museum of Islamic art is scheduled to open Thursday (Sept. 18) in the heart of Canada's largest city, Toronto...
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Mormons embrace social media to push back against official church teachings

BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago.     On a cool summer evening, in a borrowed classroom overlooking San Francisco Bay, about 150 men and women gathered to screen a short documentary about a Mormon family whose 13-year-ol...
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali draws criticism from fellow atheists at Yale

(RNS) A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Monday night (Sept. 15). While her previous campus critics have included members of religious groups,...
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Catholic League drops out of St. Patrick’s Day parade over row about gays

NEW YORK (RNS) After organizers agreed to allow a gay and lesbian group to march, William Donohue of the Catholic League announced that his organization would not take part in next year’s popular celebration of Irish-American culture, New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Donohue s...
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Kent Brantly donates blood to another missionary doctor flighting Ebola

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) An American physician who contracted Ebola while working in a West African hospital has received a blood transfusion from another Ameri...
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Vatican cricket team may need divine intervention in match with Church of England

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A recently formed cricket team from the Vatican may need some divine intervention as it gets ready to take on more experienced English players at a historic game Saturday (Sept. 13). The Vatican team will play against the British Army chaplains as part of...
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