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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Faith leaders offer prayers as President Trump tests positive for COVID-19

October 2, 2020

(RNS) — Social media turned into a prayer forum for the president and first lady as news spread that they had contracted the novel coronavirus.

Alabama officials sued over voter registration form requiring ‘so help me God’ vow

October 1, 2020

(RNS) — A secular advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three plaintiffs, arguing that the state’s requirement violates their constitutional rights.

Biden campaign launches a trio of new faith ads targeted at evangelical and Catholic voters

October 1, 2020

(RNS) — The seven-figure ad buy includes two 30-second television spots that will run on Catholic and evangelical programs.

Complaints on Trump’s debate performance highlight generational divide among white evangelicals

September 30, 2020

(RNS) — Trump’s performance didn’t sit well with a group whose tenuous ties with the GOP have been further fractured by his presidency: younger white evangelicals.

‘Humanists for Biden-Harris’ to mobilize nonreligious vote

September 28, 2020

(RNS) — The group hopes to reach atheists, agnostics and other religiously unaffiliated voters who make up the largest belief group in the Democratic Party.

Trump taxes report highlights nearly $400,000 payment from Billy Graham group

September 28, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — A new report from The New York Times citing Trump’s tax information raises questions about the potential conflicts of interest in making money off his religious allies while in office.

Trump nominates conservative Catholic Amy Coney Barrett for Ginsburg’s seat

September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Barrett’s position on religious liberty may affect most Americans in any future rulings on the scope of the Affordable Care Act.

Trump’s Israel strategy makes few inroads with Jewish voters

September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP/RNS) — With battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan collectively decided in 2016 by fewer than 200,000 votes, any loss of the Jewish support by Democratic nominee Joe Biden could be pivotal.

ICE apprehension on church grounds violated federal policy, say faith leaders

September 21, 2020

BALTIMORE (RNS) — The incident is the latest example of escalating tensions between faith-based sanctuary movement activists and the Trump administration.

Faith leaders respond to death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — People of all faiths mourned Ginsburg, the person and the public figure, as news of her death spread Friday night (Sept. 18).

Amy Coney Barrett, controversial Catholic, re-emerges as potential Supreme Court pick

September 20, 2020

(RNS) — A 1998 law review article Barrett co-authored has many questioning if she’d vote against both the death penalty and abortion as a justice.

Head of Federal Election Commission calls separation of church and state a ‘fallacy’ and 2020 election a ‘spiritual war’

September 17, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Another FEC commissioner disputed many of the chairman’s comments, saying, ‘My colleague is not correct.’

Trump campaign launches new Jewish outreach coalition

September 16, 2020

(RNS) — Nevada casino mogul and conservative donor Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, will co-chair the initiative.

Biden talks faith and poverty at Poor People’s Campaign event

September 15, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed the faith-based anti-poverty group at a virtual event on Monday evening (Sept. 14), telling its members, ‘I want to be part of your movement.’

Being a good guy with a gun is what God wants, say ‘sheepdog’ evangelicals

September 15, 2020

(RNS) — John Correia, a pastor turned security consultant, says that being a good guy with a gun can be a godly way to prevent violence and protect the innocent.

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