RNS Opening Budget — Thursday, January 2, 2020

RNS-Wilson-Hartgrove: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove wants white evangelicals to reckon with the Bible
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — For Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, the life of an activist and writer is all consuming. At 39, Wilson-Hartgrove, has spent the better part of his life breaking out of the white evangelical cocoon he grew up in. A son of the South — Wilson-Hartgrove grew up in the small town of King, North Carolina, about 95 miles west of Durham — he remains both devoted to the region and one of its staunchest critics. By Yonat Shimron. 2,100 words. (category: a)

RNS-Viswanathan-Oped: When retail and reverence collide
(RNS) — Recently, an online store came under fire for a product line labeled “Namaste, Mother ----er." Hindus are told to lighten up about humor based on the ubiquity of yoga these days, but until we are seen as equals in the U.S., mocking our faith's images defines us as colonialist caricatures. By Indu Viswanathan and Parth Parihar. 1,366 words. (categories: k)

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