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The Slingshot: Circumcision ban; Black Panther; Faith healing

David Lane of Fairfax, Calif., holds up a sign against male circumcision outside a medical clinic during a news conference in San Francisco, on July 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Need to know: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Iceland could become first country to ban male circumcision

The legislation being debated by Iceland's Parliament would impose a six-year jail term on anyone who "removes part or all of (a child's) sexual organs" for non-medical reasons.

African cosmologies: spiritual reflections on the ‘Black Panther’ movie

Yes, Wakanda is a fictional place and "Black Panther" is “just” a film, but the spiritual imagination that undergirds the movie can be an opportunity for learning, writes the Rev. Yolanda Pierce.

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