RNS Updated Budget — Friday, January 17, 2020

EDS NOTE: Religion News Service will be closed on Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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-BERNIE-MUSLIMS: Precarious US-Iran relations have Muslim voters eying candidates’ records on war
(RNS) –While Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s killing has begun to fade from the headlines, the strike has served as an unwelcome reminder to many Muslim and Middle Eastern American voters about what they describe as the need for a commander-in-chief who will protect both the U.S. and the Middle East from further military conflict. Those Muslim voters who sit in the anti-war camp seem to be most drawn toward Bernie Sanders, the candidate who has long been a favorite among Muslim voters. By Aysha Khan. 1200 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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