Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – May 13, 2016

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1937 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on May 13, 2016 (check local listings).

Jews in Cochin, India – For 900 years there has been a small Jewish community on India’s Malabar Coast, living at peace with their Hindu, Muslim and Christian neighbors. It’s been a model of interfaith tolerance. But, as Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, the community has dwindled since the state of Israel was established and now one of the last Jewish survivors, who maintains the synagogue, says he plans to leave in a few years – for Israel.

Sagebrush Rebellion – The armed standoff in Oregon earlier this year was part of a widespread “Sagebrush Rebellion” – local residents furious at the Federal government for its management of the spectacular open spaces of the Mountain West. Lucky Severson reports that the interests involved include conservation, Mormon Church history, coal mining, ranching, farming, movie-making, the U.S. Constitution and the Bible.

Evangelicals and Campaign 2016 – Evangelicals have long been a key constituency for the Republican Party, but this election season, they are deeply divided over whether to support presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Tensions escalated this week after Trump got into a social media “war of words” with a prominent Southern Baptist leader. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton discuss the GOP’s dilemma over evangelical voters.

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