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RNS Opening Budget — Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The 2021 American Family Survey from the Deseret News and Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at BYU found that the share of U.S. adults who say houses of worship were helpful during […]

NEWS STORY
RNS-Churches-Pandemic: The pandemic has helped religion’s reputation. Do religious vaccine resisters put this progress at risk?
(RNS) — The 2021 American Family Survey from the Deseret News and Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at BYU found that the share of U.S. adults who say houses of worship were helpful during the COVID-19 crisis is higher than the share who say the same about employers or public schools. Only government officials at the local, state and federal levels received notably higher marks for helpfulness than religious institutions. By Kelsey Dallas. 734 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Lizzo-Twerking: Some call twerking obscene. Lizzo, in TED Talk, calls it ‘sacred’
(RNS) — In a new TED Talk released Thurs., Sept. 30, three-time Grammy-winning superstar singer and rapper Lizzo took to the stage to present on a topic on which she’s undeniably well-versed: twerking. In the Ted Talk, Lizzo pointed to the spiritual roots and expressions of twerking, a dance move with West African origins. By Kathryn Post. 1,000 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Legionaries-Pandora: Scandal-plagued Catholic order denies hiding millions in offshore accounts
(RNS) – An embattled Catholic religious order accused of hiding almost $300 million in off-shore accounts denied any wrongdoing in an online statement, declaring that it did not evade taxes and complied with international accounting standards. By Claire Giangravè. 700 words. (category i)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Jain-Oped: At Durga Puja, Hindus wrestle with the West’s sexualized destroyer
(RNS) — In Western portrayals, and larger feminist discourse, this image of Kali is held up to emphasize empowerment and wild sexuality. Taken out of her cultural, religious and philosophical context, however, many of her Western depictions make her quite unrecognizable to me. By Kalpana Jain. 1,085 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Reese-Oped: Pope should send Greta Thunberg to COP26
(RNS) — Enough “blah, blah, blah.” The children of the world demand action that protects their futures. Give Greta the pope’s chair at the meeting. Make her part of the Vatican delegation to COP26 with full diplomatic credentials so she can go anywhere, attending any meeting and speak out for the children of the world. By Thomas Reese. 550 words. (category: k)