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Malcolm Boyd, the overlooked gay activist who pushed boundaries  
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  
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...

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New hotline launches to help people leave religion behind  
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  
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  
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  
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...

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Controversial Koch brothers give big (again) to Catholic University  
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...