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Hillel Gray

Hillel Gray is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Hillel Gray

Surviving or thriving? New film on Westboro Baptist doesn’t get it

By Hillel Gray — July 23, 2019
(RNS) — The filmmaker is often more interested in building solidarity with his audience against a mythic enemy than truly understanding his subject.

They’re still here: The curious evolution of Westboro Baptist Church

By Hillel Gray — July 17, 2018
(RNS) — No single congregation in America has had the kind of recognition, or notoriety, that the Westboro Baptist Church achieved in the 1990s. While still fiercely anti-homosexual, it has seen a subtle shift in its messaging that injects ideas about Jesus and love, clarifies doctrine and even invokes positive language.

NEWS FEATURE: After a dip, Catholic school enrollment, constructiong rising again

By Hillel Gray — January 1, 1998
c. 1998 Religion News Service CHICAGO _ After years of plunging enrollment, the nation’s Catholic schools are experiencing a resurgence in popularity, sparked in part by affluent, post-baby boomer parents demanding a morality-based education for their children. In the past three decades, Catholic school enrollment had dropped by 51 percent. But in the last seven […]
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