RNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, December 18, 2019

RNS-Prison-Prayer: Federal Bureau of Prisons loosens limits on Muslim inmates’ prayer
(RNS) – The Federal Bureau of Prisons has issued new national guidelines recommending accommodation of group prayer for Muslim prisoners, following an inmate’s lawsuit challenging restrictions at a Kentucky prison. By Aysha Khan. 657 words. (category: a)

RNS-Impeach-Reaction: On the eve of impeachment, evangelicals defend Trump but pass on debating the issues
In the run-up to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, 21 years ago, Christians across the political spectrum engaged in vigorous debate over the ethics of the president’s sexual misconduct with an intern and the official charge of lying about it under oath. But on the issues central to President Trump’s impeachment Wednesday (Dec. 18), there has been far less engagement especially among Trump’s most ardent supporters, evangelicals. By Yonat Shimron. 750 words. (category: a)

RNS-USCIRF-Bill: Religious freedom watchdog, facing recent controversy, awaits reauthorization
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose funding runs out on Dec. 21, could be reauthorized by week’s end if Congress passes an omnibus bill that includes a section recommending it stay in business. By Adelle M. Banks. 900 words. (category: a)

RNS-Meek-Oped: The SBC's same-sex abuse problem
(RNS) — It's time for the Southern Baptist Convention to stop demonizing gayness. Let’s instead focus on treating all people as humans worthy of dignity and respect as such. Let’s make it clear through our actions and our words that all trauma survivors are welcome in our churches. By Russell L. Meek. 700 words. (category: k)

RNS-Salkin-Oped: Trump made us ask, again: Who are the Jews, anyway?
(RNS) — The president's executive order aimed at protecting Jewish kids on campus revives an age-old question about whether Jews make up an ethnicity, a nation, a faith or all that and more. By Jeffery Salkin. 1,025 words. (category: k)

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