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Malcolm Boyd, the overlooked gay activist who pushed boundaries  
03-04-2015
By JAY MICHAELSON (RNS) The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, who died on Friday (Feb. 27) at the age of 91, lived three lives — each extraordinary. More extraordinary still is how he gave each up for the next. F...

Support of same-sex marriage by state | Courtesy of Public Religion Research Institute
New online atlas ‘heat-maps’ views on abortion, gay marriage, immigration  
03-02-2015
By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN | WASHINGTON (RNS) Anyone from politicians to scholars to the simply curious can now see just how deeply the nation is divided on abortion or same-sex marriage — and discover the...

Courtesy of Recovering from Religion
New hotline launches to help people leave religion behind  
02-27-2015
By KIMBERLY WINSTON (RNS) A new crisis hotline for those struggling between faith and atheism launched Friday (Feb. 27). Called “The Hotline Project,” the 24-hour free service will match volunteer...

Illegitimate Barrister | Wikimedia Commons
Islamic State militant ‘Jihadi John’ named by media  
02-26-2015
By JANE ONYANGA-OMARA | LONDON (RNS) The Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John,” who has been seen in videos of hostages’ beheadings, was identified Thursday (Feb. 26) by the BBC and...

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England mulls legalization of in vitro technique giving baby DNA of three parents  
02-04-2015
By TREVOR GRUNDY | CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Members of Parliament voted Tuesday (Feb. 3) to allow the creation of human embryos from the DNA of three people to try to eradicate a type of genetic diseas...

Alexa Pilato | RNS
Muslim women in Los Angeles start a mosque of their own  
02-02-2015
By MARIAM SOBH (RNS) A downtown Los Angeles interfaith center that once served as a synagogue was the site of a historic worship service last week, as dozens of women gathered for Friday Muslim prayers in what is...

Jared Rodriguez | Truthout | Flickr
Controversial Koch brothers give big (again) to Catholic University  
02-02-2015
By DAVID GIBSON (RNS) Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch recently made headlines by pledging nearly $900 million to help elect candidates who support their libertarian strain of economic conservatism, bu...

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