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Actor James Rebhorn penned a lovely obit for himself before he died. A Virginia Christian school boots an 8-year-old girl over her boyish qualities. The Limburg bishop is officially toast, as is the Paltrow-Martin marriage, via a neologism.

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David Gibson

David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.


  1. There’s likely a whole lot more to the Sunnie story that can’t be discussed. That original news report is local TV news bonanza. Controversial topic, emotional grandparents, lop-sided “reporting” and one smiley, happy girl.

    Throw in a few gay Republican kittens on a closed bridge, and you have the story of the year.

    • I hate to take the bait, but did you read the actual letter that was posted on the article site? “This request does not in any way stem from Sunnie’s academic performance or general cooperation with school rules.”

      What I love are the texts they use to base their “Biblical Principles” on – the first is Leviticus 20:13a – yes, they use the designation “a” for the first half of the verse, which reads, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them shall have committed an abomination.” 20:13b (apparently excluded from their Biblical Principles): “They shall be put to death; their blood is upon them.” Talk about your selective reading! Another is Matthew 19:4-6, Jesus’ pronouncement on marriage that includes the line from the creation story about God making humans from the beginning “male and female.” Fine, but then Jesus continues: “There are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.” So much for clear gender boundaries!

      So yes, Paolo, there is more going on here than is being discussed – though it should be.

  2. On her deathbed my mother dictated her obituary to my brother. She feared he would make things up. She wanted only facts, no sentiment, and that’s what she wrote. She wanted – and got – the obit to be published the day after her funeral so her elderly friends would not be troubled by traveling to her one day wake, or troubled by feeling guilty because they didn’t go to the wake.

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