RNS Opening Budget — Thursday, December 19, 2019

RNS-Mormon-IRS: Despite whistleblower complaint, experts say IRS backlash to Mormon group unlikely
(RNS) — Despite uproar over a whistleblower complaint alleging financial impropriety by a money holding group affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, legal experts are skeptical the news will trigger an investigation from the IRS, and note that the church’s tradition of aggressive saving dates back decades. By Jack Jenkins. 900 words. (category: a)

RNS-Singh-Oped: Evangelism and religious supremacy
(RNS) — Historically, the “gift” of salvation has been weaponized time and time again to justify intervention and conquest. Evangelism, whether Christian, Hindu or Muslim, becomes less about offering another view and more about coercing those into accepting yours. By Simran Jeet Singh. 1,200 words. (category: k)