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White House to home-schooling family: Sorry, no comment

By Kevin Eckstrom — August 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House punts on a petition to allow a German home-schooling family to stay in the U.S., saying the administration can’t comment on “a matter before the courts.”

Beyond the Berlin Wall: “Mr. Obama: Tear Down All These Walls.”

By Omid Safi — June 20, 2013

President Obama poetically stated: “No wall can stand against the yearning of justice,”
Yes indeed!
Mr. President, tear down all these walls.
Mr. President, tear down the segregation wall in Palestine/Israel.
Mr. President, tear down the wall along the American-Mexico border.
Mr. President, tear down these walls.

German home-schooling family loses U.S. asylum bid

By Krista Kapralos — May 15, 2013

(RNS) A federal appeals court has denied a bid by a German family to obtain asylum in the U.S., rejecting their claims that they will face persecution back home for their decision to home-school their children.

U.S. Christians rally around home-schooling family facing deportation

By Krista Kapralos — April 22, 2013

(RNS) Home-schooling families in Europe have become a cause celebre for some U.S. conservatives, who are rallying around a family in Tennessee who could face fines or loss of custody if forced to return to their native Germany.

Lutherans warn Vatican against simpler conversions

By Alessandro Speciale — January 23, 2013

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Lutheran leaders have warned the Vatican that the creation of a structure to welcome conservative Lutherans into the Catholic Church would harm dialogue and damage ecumenical relations.

Jews and Muslims applaud German vote to protect circumcision

By Lauren Markoe — December 12, 2012

(RNS) Jews and Muslims in Germany are relieved that a tumultuous political controversy over circumcision in Germany has ended with passage of a law that allows the practice for religious reasons. By Lauren Markoe. 

Searching for the real Martin Luther

By David Steinmetz — October 17, 2012

(RNS) Finding and portraying the “real” Martin Luther on film has not been a task for the faint of heart. Yet wherever Protestants (and Catholics) gather and wherever the political history of Europe is told, the ghost of Martin Luther is present and cannot be avoided. By David Steinmetz.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding the debate around circumcision

By Ronald Goldman — September 4, 2012

(RNS) Beliefs about circumcision will not be easy to change, but questioning circumcision is already happening for Jews. A proposed law in Germany to ban circumcision on young boys offers a chance to expand the debate and move the conversation forward. By Ronald Goldman.

Accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk dies at 91

By Tracy Gordon — March 19, 2012

CLEVELAND (RNS) Former Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk died Saturday (March 17) in Germany, ending nearly 35 years of legal battles with officials in three countries who claimed he was a guard in a Nazi death camp. He was 91. By John Caniglia.

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