The roots of Rep. Todd Akin’s rape remarks

ST. LOUIS (RNS) Two pages from a 1972 article have influenced two generations of anti-abortion activists hoping to build a medical case to ban all abortions without exception. By Tim Townsend and Blythe Bernhard.

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Report shows 5,000+ multisite churches

(RNS) Multisite churches — congregations meeting at more than one physical location — have grown to more than 5,000 in the last decade, outpacing the advance of megachurches, new research shows. By Adelle M. Banks.

Is skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee sacrilegious?

(RNS) More than 20 lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides, including one nude congressman, took a booze-fueled late-night swim in Israel’s Sea of Galilee last summer, Politico reported on Monday. Which leaves at least one question: Is skinny-dipping at the biblical site sacrilegious? By Daniel Burke.

COMMENTARY: The shrill are shouting: So what?

(RNS) With their eyes focused on power, the shrill apparently have a bottomless well for funding their cause. They are certainly whipping each other into a frenzy. The question remains: Is anyone else listening? By Tom Ehrich.