Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.

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New survey finds pockets of support for Christian nationalism across the country

By Jack Jenkins — February 28, 2024
(RNS) — The survey found support for Christian nationalism concentrated in two religious groups: white evangelical Protestants and Hispanic Protestants.

The Alabama ruling on embryos claimed to be Christian. Christians aren’t so sure.

By Jack Jenkins — February 27, 2024
(RNS) — Theological opinions on IVF, let alone political ones, are difficult to ascertain and are far from universal across denominations.

Trump-aligned think tank, denying policy plans, gives voice to Christian nationalist views

By Jack Jenkins — February 21, 2024
(RNS) — The Center for Renewing America is denying a Politico report about plans to push Christian nationalism should Donald Trump win back the White House — but that doesn’t mean the group doesn’t endorse the ideology or want it to help shape public policy.

Freethought Democrats object to Pastor Jack Hibbs as guest chaplain, say he’s Christian nationalist

By Jack Jenkins — February 16, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'I think there is a real problem with our new speaker and his ability to accept religious pluralism, diversity, and inclusion in a way that can work for our country and our diverse Congress,' said Rep. Jared Huffman.

Kamala Harris holds private meeting with Rev. William Barber

By Jack Jenkins — February 15, 2024
(RNS) — The vice president sat down with Barber and the Rev. Kazimir Brown, head of Repairers of the Breach, to discuss poverty and Israel's ongoing assault into the Gaza Strip.

For LGBTQ Catholics, new declaration on blessings is welcome — but complicated

By Jack Jenkins — December 22, 2023
(RNS) — Some LGBTQ couples were blessed by Catholic priests before the Vatican declaration came down — whether or not the Vatican approved.

New study finds Christian nationalists to be more complex than media portrayals

By Jack Jenkins — December 18, 2023
(RNS) — Many Christian nationalists, the group Neighborly Faith found, espouse troubling views while simultaneously expressing openness to aspects of American pluralism.

In Texas, debate over school chaplains escalates school board culture wars

By Jack Jenkins — December 14, 2023
HOUSTON (RNS) — Conservative Christian activists are hoping to turn Texas public schools into a ‘mission field.’

Ahead of White House Hanukkah celebration, a wave of faith-led cease-fire demonstrations

By Jack Jenkins — December 11, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The demonstrators, who were later arrested, noted the ongoing Jewish holiday, shouting, 'No Hanukkah to celebrate, cease-fire cannot wait!'

Democrats fracture over antisemitism vote

By Jack Jenkins — December 6, 2023
(RNS) — Rep. Jerry Nadler, the most senior Jewish lawmaker in the House, called the bill ‘the latest unserious attempt by Republicans to weaponize Jewish pain.’

Votes on war force Washington Democrats to reckon with faith, conscience and politics

By Jack Jenkins — December 6, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘Did I want to take that vote? No,’ Rep. Greg Landsman said of his recent vote to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Bethlehem pastors arrive in DC, urge lawmakers to embrace cease-fire, peace plan

By Jack Jenkins — November 27, 2023
(RNS) — 'All we want for Christmas is a constant and comprehensive cease-fire and an end to this war,' said the Rev. Munther Isaac, pastor of Bethlehem’s Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church.

Church Militant founder Michael Voris resigns

By Jack Jenkins — November 21, 2023
(RNS) — Michael Voris was asked to resign for ‘breaching the Church Militant morality clause,’ according to a press release.

Claiborne, Barber, Budde among Christian leaders calling for Gaza cease-fire at White House vigil

By Jack Jenkins — November 21, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'We must join forces with Jews and Christians and Muslims around the world who are calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, and the safe return of all hostages and civilian prisoners," said the Rev. William Barber II.

Catholic leaders meet with White House on climate change

By Jack Jenkins — November 17, 2023
(RNS) — Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson said he told White House officials that the issue of climate change 'is a matter of ethics, spirituality and our faith.'
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