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A Textbook Case: The Continuing Battle for Control Over What Students Read

A school board in Arizona made headlines last month for voting to cut pages out of a biology textbook in order to make sure that students do not learn about abortion.  While taking x-acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare—though it has certainly been done before—textbook censorship is not at all rare and the process for getting these books into the classroom is quite often more about politics than education.

While physically taking X-Acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare, the struggle to mandate what these texts do and do not teach children is not rare in the slightest—and it can manifest in ways that are far more insidious than ripping pages out of a book.

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The Importance of Faith in Healing Our Nation’s Racial Wounds

The alarming number of unarmed Black men and women dying because of police brutality and racial discrimination has caused tensions to flare in the United States. Though we continue to fight for justice, we must also find ways to heal and grow from our past to create better relationships in the future. One way to heal is to seek faith and forgiveness through religion. On MSNBC, Rev. Jacqui Lewis and Rev. Serene Jones talk with Melissa Harris-Perry about the importance of faith during this time of hardship.

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Catholic Bishops Take Divergent Public Stances on ‘Personhood’ Measures

Catholic bishops in Colorado declared a "neutral stance" on this year's Colorado's personhood amendment, while bishops in North Dakota urged voters to approve a personhood measure its November's ballot. Both were defeated on Election Day.

Catholic bishops in Colorado declared a “neutral stance” on this year’s Colorado’s personhood amendment, while bishops in North Dakota urged voters to approve a “personhood” measure its November’s ballot. Both were defeated on Election Day.

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Alabama Anti-Choicers Want to Regulate Abortion Clinics Like Sex Predators

Clinic escorts outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

Alabama anti-choicers are at it again, and this time they’re implying that abortion clinics are somehow a danger to children in the way sexual predators are. But the only way that could work is by magic.

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Purity Culture Doesn’t Prepare Teens for Healthy Sexual Exploration

Many self-identified evangelicals have ceremonially promised to stay virgins until marriage. But there are often few narratives available from adults who are now struggling with the purity vows they made as teenagers.

Many self-identified evangelicals have ceremonially promised to stay virgins until marriage. But there are often few narratives available from adults who are now struggling with the purity vows they made as teenagers.

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Pope Francis’ ‘Synod on the Family’ Raises Hope, But Fails to Deliver Change

The two-week meeting in the Vatican inspired optimism about the Catholic Church's future teachings, but in the end, it was "much ado about nothing."

The two-week meeting in the Vatican inspired optimism about the Catholic Church’s future teachings, but in the end, it was “much ado about nothing.”

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A Colorado Catholic Speaks Out Against Amendment 67

Amendment 67 flies in the face of all my Catholic values. By banning birth control, abortion, and in vitro fertilization, this dangerous measure would prevent women from following their consciences when making critical moral decisions.

Amendment 67 flies in the face of all my Catholic values. By banning birth control, abortion, and in vitro fertilization, this dangerous measure would prevent women from following their consciences when making critical moral decisions.

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Bishops Denounce Catholics for Choice Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Measure

Colorado’s bishops, speaking through the Colorado Catholic Conference, say they've taken a “neutral” stance on Colorado’s personhood amendment. But they're criticizing a campaign against the measure by Catholics for Choice, which claims the bishops have tacitly backed Amendment 67.

Colorado’s bishops, speaking through the Colorado Catholic Conference, say they’ve taken a “neutral” stance on Colorado’s “personhood” amendment. But they’ve backed church activity supporting the amendment and are criticizing a campaign against the measure by Catholics for Choice, which claims the bishops have tacitly backed Amendment 67.

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Conservative Activists: Opposition to Marriage Equality a ‘Non-Negotiable Issue’ for GOP

Marriage equality gains across the country have created significant divisions within the Republican Party, with  right-wing activists threatening to leave the party and actively campaign against some lawmakers over their support for same-sex marriage.

Marriage equality gains across the country have created significant divisions within the Republican Party, with right-wing activists threatening to leave the party and actively campaign against some lawmakers over their support for same-sex marriage.

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MRAs for Jesus: A Look Inside the Christian ‘Manosphere’

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Christian masculinists spend much of their time online brutally lambasting modern men and women for not adhering to biblically based gender roles. But their arguments aren’t all that different from conservative evangelicals’.

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