RNS Updated Budget — Friday, February 21, 2020

NEWS BRIEF
RNS-ChristianPost-Fraud: Former Newsweek and Christian Post publishers convicted in $35 million fraud probe
(RNS) — A California-based Christian college and the former publishers of The Christian Post and Newsweek have been convicted in a scheme to fraudulently obtain $35 million from lenders, according to the Manhattan District Attorney. By Alejandra Molina. 435 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Bloomberg-Muslims: Muslim advocates demand Bloomberg apologize for NYPD spying program
(RNS) – A coalition of leading Muslim advocacy organizations sent a letter to Bloomberg this week, demanding he apologize for the blanket surveillance in the decade after 9/11 and condemn the use of similar spying programs. By Aysha Khan. 770 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Religious-Antivaxxers: Religious vaccine exemption bill stokes controversy in Connecticut
(RNS) — A proposed bill that would prohibit parents from citing religious or philosophical beliefs when refusing to vaccinate children stoked uproar in Connecticut this week, with some protesting the legislation and others voicing support for immunizations. By Jack Jenkins. 758 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Salkin-Oped: Why is Bernie Sanders proud to be Jewish?
(RNS) — A political ad for Bernie Sanders touting his Jewish faith trades on a myopic view of anti-Semitism focused exclusively on the extreme right-wing, conveniently ignores the antisemitism from the left that supports Sanders' candidacy. By Jeffrey Salkin. 700 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Silk-Oped: Secular vaccination foes defend a needless religious exemption
(RNS) — As protests this week in Connecticut show, anti-vaxxers are prepared to seize on any available legal means — even a faith exemption— to keep their children from being vaccinated. By Mark Silk. 800 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Pyle-Oped: Why Christ doesn't fit in 'Christic Manhood'
(RNS) — For Christians, of course, there is an ideal man — who invites us to follow his teachings and example. But that doesn’t alleviate Christian men from the cultural anxiety around masculinity. In fact, following the life of Jesus and his teachings may move Christian men farther from the dominant cultural ideals of our day. Rather than traveling this narrow way, some take on extraordinary mental gymnastics to fit Jesus into our modern molds. By Nate Pyle. 1,249 words. (category: k)

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