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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Poll: Biden bests Trump with Jewish voters on every issue but may have lost ground overall

September 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The survey asked Jewish voters who they trusted more on a number of issues; they chose Biden on all topics, including U.S.-Israel relations. Even so, the former vice president may be slipping compared to past Democratic presidential candidates.

Black church leaders demand apology for Trump ad

September 13, 2020

(RNS) — The Rev. Silvester S. Beaman of Bethel AME Church in Delaware said the digital spot portrays Black church leaders and their flocks as ‘thuggish rule breakers.’

Trump campaign ad shows Biden kneeling in Black church to argue Americans ‘won’t be safe’

September 10, 2020

(RNS) — After showing Joe Biden kneeling in a Black church in front of a row of Black leaders, words appear on the screen reading ‘stop Joe Biden and his rioters.’

Trump announces new Supreme Court justice options in apparent appeal to religious base

September 9, 2020

(RNS) — The president said the potential Supreme Court nominees would protect religious liberty, oppose abortion and keep ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Theologians, activists, former bishops staff urge Catholic voters to oppose Trump

September 9, 2020

(RNS) — The letter comes as the two presidential campaigns rapidly escalate their fight for Catholic voters ahead of the November election.

Eric Metaxas confirms he punched protester, says protester was to blame

September 1, 2020

(RNS) — Last week, a viral video began circulating on social media showing a man who closely resembles Eric Metaxas striking a protester and running away backward. 

At Republican convention, a vision of faith under fire

August 29, 2020

(RNS) — ‘In America, we don’t turn to government to restore our souls. We put our faith in almighty God,’ Trump said.

How Trump’s Republican National Convention speech wove faith into the ‘great American story’

August 28, 2020

(RNS) — Accepting the Republican nomination for a second term, President Donald Trump said, ‘Our country is blessed by God and has a special purpose in this world.’

More than 350 faith leaders to back Biden for president, including many first-time endorsers

August 27, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I think progressive Christianity is a sleeping giant,’ said the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber.

Citing Scripture, Pence switches out Jesus for the American flag in convention speech

August 27, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Christians fix our eyes on Jesus, not the flag,’ tweeted InterVarsity staffer Greg Jao.

Mike Pompeo accused of violating Hatch Act in Jerusalem RNC speech

August 26, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Hatch Act, which was passed in 1939, prohibits executive branch employees from ‘engag(ing) in political activity’ while on duty.

The fall of Falwell: A timeline of the ups, downs and scandals of his Liberty University presidency

August 25, 2020

(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation is but the resolution of years of smaller scandals. Here’s a look back at the controversies chronicling the rise and fall of his career as president of Liberty University.

More than 300 faith leaders call on Trump, Republican delegates to change immigration policies

August 25, 2020

(RNS) — The letter is one of several initiatives launched by liberal religious groups in recent weeks, with political faith groups launching initiatives and even teaming up with secular groups to criticize the Trump administration ahead of the November election.

Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns from Liberty University. Again.

August 24, 2020

(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr., the embattled president of Liberty University and one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, formally resigned from the evangelical Christian university founded by his father Monday evening after revoking a previous resignation earlier in the day.

As Republicans kick off convention, will Trump be able to keep conservative Christian votes?

August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘Cultural appeals and discussions about cancel-culture LGBTQ issues, unisex bathrooms and all that kind of stuff is great when the economy is good. But when the economy is bad, no one cares about it. They care about jobs,’ observed political scientist Ryan Burge.

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