RNS Opening Budget — Friday, January 17, 2020

RNS-India-Protests: South Asian Americans protest Modi's crackdown from afar
(RNS) — A 'National Day of Action' to be held this weekend around the country aims to call out the slice of the Indian American community that is sympathetic to India’s right-wing politics. By Sonia Paul. 1,500 words. (categories: a, i)

RNS-King-Preacher: Book: King’s genius was rooted in his preaching not politics 
(RNS) — On Monday (Jan. 20), scores of Americans will line up at shelters, soup kitchens and community centers for a day of service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on the holiday celebrating his contributions to American civil rights. King was, of course, one of the most important social reformers of the 20th century. But he was first and foremost a Baptist preacher. And his mission to “redeem the soul of America” cannot be understood apart from his Christian convictions. So says Richard Lischer, professor emeritus of preaching at Duke Divinity School whose updated classic “The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Word That Moved America,” has just been reissued. By Yonat Shimron. 1,600 words. (category: a)

RNS-Tyler-Oped: We can protect prayer in schools without blessing Christian nationalism
(RNS) — Claiming to defend a constitutional right under attack, the Trump administration's announcement on school prayer neither identified the threat nor bolstered students' well-established freedom to pray. By Amanda Tyler. 700 words. (category: k)

RNS-Burton-Oped: Gwyneth Paltrow trolls the wellness industry
(RNS) — Unlike other companies that commodify our spiritual yearnings, Goop exists apart from the question of whether anyone has ever actually bought any of their products. Instead it sells a fantasy of total freedom. By Tara Isabella Burton. 775 words. (category: k)

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