Stanford University adds 'American' to its list of 'harmful language'

7 other times institutions attempted to strip words, pronouns from English lexicon

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4. The Episcopal Church drops gendered pronouns for God

An Episcopal Church resolution in 2018 called upon the denomination's General Convention to "avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God,” with an amended resolution later calling on Episcopalians to “utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God."

Episcopal News Service, the denomination's official mouthpiece,later rebuffed widespread criticism of the move and painted the legislative effort as expansive rather than reductive.

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