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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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Jesus is all over the small screen, and that’s no accident

Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood’s holiest trend? Then look no further than Morocco, where three TV projects — National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Jesus,” NBC’s “A.D. The Bible Continues” and CNN’s “Finding Jesus” — were filmed on neighboring sets last year. ...
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Keeping the baby vs. abortion: Americans muddled morality about the unborn (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) On March 18, Michelle Wilkins answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. When she arrived at the seller’s home, Dynel Lane, a former nurse’s aide, attacked her, cut her open, and removed her unborn child. Wilkins survived the incident; her child did not. Hearing about this h...
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Robert Putnam fights America’s ‘opportunity gap’ with religious fervor

WASHINGTON (RNS) Harvard professor Robert Putnam jokingly calls himself “a nice Jewish formerly Methodist boy.” But the public policy expert’s new book, “Our Kids” reads more like a tent meeting revival, complete with an “altar call” at the end. His private meetings and public app...
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: ‘Not going to change’ religious freedom law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended his state’s new religious freedom law Sunday (March 29) while refusing to say if it would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Facing a rising tide of criticism and business boycotts against his state, Pence said he would consider a seco...
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Millennials are the ‘don’t judge generation’ on sexual morality: Survey

(RNS) Most young adults of every religion, race and ethnicity support access to affordable contraception. And 56 percent of people ages 18 to 35 say that in some situations, choosing to have abortion “is the most responsible decision that a woman can make.” But, a new survey fin...
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Disciples look to pull convention from Indiana over religious freedom bill

(RNS) Though the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has made Indianapolis its headquarters for nearly a century, the denomination is considering pulling its next biennial convention out of Indiana over a new state law that allows businesses to turn away gay customers. Gov. Mik...
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TV’s ‘Dig’ unrolls a Dead Sea Scroll to unravel a conspiracy

(RNS) Fugitive cows, secret codes and end-of-the-world scenarios. The USA Network’s series “Dig” continues to weave a fictional action-conspiracy story around some very factual strands of Old Testament prophesy and biblical archaeology. But what’s up with the naked praying guy on...
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HBO’s ‘Going Clear’ leaves future of Scientology unclear

(RNS) The only murky thing in “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” HBO’s scathing new documentary, is: What will happen to the church that sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard built more than 60 years ago after it airs? The two-hour film directed by Academy Award-winning d...
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Church of England loses no time, appoints third woman bishop and first to oversee a diocese

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England’s commitment to advance the cause of women took another step forward Thursday (March 26) with the appointment of Rachel Treweek, 52, as the next Bishop of Gloucester in the southwest region of England. That makes three women bishops...
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Church of England adds a second woman bishop in space of three months

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England appointed its second woman bishop on Wednesday (March 25), only two months after it consecrated its first. Alison White, 58, will become the next suffragan bishop of Hull, following closely on the heels of Bishop Libby Lane, who was...
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