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David Jackson is an author at Religion News Service.

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Trump team exploring possible Pope Francis meeting

By David Jackson — April 19, 2017
WASHINGTON (USA Today) While it is not unusual for presidents to meet with popes — the last 11 have done so — there is some political history between Trump and Francis.

Trump: No Muslim ban, just immigration restrictions

By David Jackson — January 26, 2017
The Trump team is poised to suspend refugee and visa programs as applied to many Muslim countries in the Middle East, including war-torn Syria.

Cruz fires spokesman after he posted a video claiming Rubio mocked the Bible

By David Jackson — February 22, 2016
LAS VEGAS -- Videotape showed Rubio actually praising the Bible. Spokesman Rick Tyler later apologized for the incident.

Obama to speak on terrorism in Oval Office address Sunday night

By David Jackson — December 6, 2015
The San Bernardino Calif., killings by a couple with terrorist ties prompted the Sunday (Dec. 6) address, his first from the Oval Office since 2010.

Republicans hope to find ‘missing’ evangelical voters

By David Jackson — October 20, 2015
Estimates suggest there were as many as 17 million "missing" evangelical voters in 2012, but some political analysts question whether the potential number is that high.

Republican candidates appeal to religious conservatives

By David Jackson — October 19, 2015
Each of the Republican candidates is seeking to appeal to a constituency that has major influence in early delegate contest states such as Iowa, South Carolina and Texas.

Poll: 29 percent still think Christian Obama is Muslim

By David Jackson — September 15, 2015
"Birthers" also hold sway with some. New survey finds 20 percent don't believe or are unsure Barack Obama was born in the U.S.

Kim Davis emerges as lightning rod for religious freedom among some Republicans

By David Jackson — September 5, 2015
Many Republican presidential candidates took a hard line in support of Kim Davis, echoing their criticism of gay marriage. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee called Davis' arrest the "criminalization of Christianity."

Obama: Victims were ‘living by faith when they died’

By David Jackson — June 26, 2015
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The president had two basic messages: The nation once divided over slavery has made undeniable progress in race relations over the years, but there is still a long way to go.

Obama backs efforts to end ex-gay therapy for LGBT teens

By David Jackson — April 9, 2015
WASHINGTON — White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett writes that "we share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth."

Obama: Alleged war on Islam is ‘an ugly lie’

By David Jackson — February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (RNS) National leaders must dispute claims that there is a clash of civilizations in the world, the president said during a second-day speech at the White House Summit on Confronting Violent Extremism.

Obama: No religion responsible for terrorism

By David Jackson — February 19, 2015
WASHINGTON (RNS) "No religion is responsible for terrorism — people are responsible for violence and terrorism," Obama told delegates at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

Obama: Pope Francis ‘makes us want to be better people’

By David Jackson — April 24, 2014
(RNS) Time magazine listed Pope Francis in its annual "100 most influential people" issue and asked the president to write a tribute. Obama lauded the pontiff for his "message of inclusion" and his many acts of kindness.

Bill Clinton urges Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage law he signed

By David Jackson — March 8, 2013
WASHINGTON (RNS) Former President Bill Clinton says the U.S. Supreme Court should strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which he signed in 1996 during a "very different time."

Obama to use Lincoln, King Bibles for swearing-in

By David Jackson — January 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama will take the oath of office with two Bibles that once belonged to a pair of civil rights icons: Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. By David Jackson / USA Today.
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