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Church denomination tackles Redskins issue

A major conference of the United Church of Christ is calling for a boycott of the Washington Redskins until the team changes its name.

The Central Atlantic Conference passed a resolution Saturday to become the latest organization to denounce a name frequently condemned as a racial slur.

The conference said it will urge its 40,000 members in D.C., New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and parts of Virginia and West Virginia to boycott the team’s games and merchandise. The Rev. John Deckenback, the conference minister, said changing the name won’t solve the problems of Native Americans, but it “can send a strong message.’’ Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the name. AP

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