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Jacob Lupfer

A contributing editor at RNS, Jacob Lupfer is a writer and consultant in Baltimore. His website is Follow him on Twitter at @jlupf. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of Religion News Service.

All Stories by Jacob Lupfer

Can the religious right and left be more than a rubber stamp for their parties’ policies?

May 23, 2019

(RNS) — Republicans and Democrats say they listen more than ever to the religious wings of their parties, but in truth both religious camps are more likely to follow than lead.

State-level abortion laws push compromise toward the impossible

May 17, 2019

(RNS) — Even as we get a clearer view of what each side is ultimately advocating for, it’s not likely that our divided political climate will allow either side to prevail decisively and indefinitely.

Indiana tax preparer shows limits and liberties of our post-Masterpiece Cakeshop world

March 4, 2019

(RNS) — Four years after the raucous response to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a mistaken claim of religious conscience shows how a promising consensus may be forming.

United Methodists should acknowledge reality that they are no longer united

February 22, 2019

(RNS) — The divide between liberals and conservatives has been baked into the UMC from its inception in 1968. It’s time to let go.

A Howard Schultz platform that could energize faith voters

February 18, 2019

(RNS) — Any independent who wants to peel voters from the major parties in decent numbers should focus on religious voters who are economically progressive and socially conservative.

Why freaking out about Christian schools proves evangelicals’ irrational fears

February 1, 2019

(RNS) — Unless we treat our neighbors who believe differently with grace and tolerance, we put our heritage as a pluralistic society at risk.

Evangelical Christians need an exit ramp from Trumpism

January 28, 2019

(RNS) — Political observers seem to assume that Trump’s Christian base will follow him no matter what. But recent polls show a decent Republican alternative could peel them away from the president in the 2020 primaries.

Why 2020 is the right time for a pro-life Democrat

January 8, 2019

(RNS) — A run by even a centrist on abortion would enliven a national debate that has poisoned our politics without doing much to help children (born and unborn) or families.

Why the Johnson Amendment is always debated and never repealed

December 21, 2018

(RNS) — Responsible actors, including the IRS, seek no change because the current law works in the best interests of churches, the government and society at large.

Two cheers for the First Step Act

December 19, 2018

(RNS) — To continue to make progress in the next Congress, Republican-aligned groups will need to be as willing to work with liberal Democrats as they have with their own tribe.

‘Fat and Faithful’: A new book probes the spirituality of body image

September 11, 2018

(RNS) — As a teenager, J. Nicole Morgan believed that inner beauty matters most for Christians. Reality — not to mention diet devotionals — didn’t conform to those expectations.

Religious liberty: A US birthright for conservatives and progressives alike

June 29, 2018

(RNS) — Religious conservatives need to realize that they are not the only ones who believe religious freedom is a sacred right. And progressives, whether religious or not, should not dismiss the entire concept.

Pleas for border justice are aimed at the wrong end of Pennsylvania Avenue

June 15, 2018

(RNS) — Faith leaders are excoriating Trump and Sessions for recent immigration policy changes, but this crisis is Congress’ fault — specifically, House Republicans who have bet their survival on nativist politics.

What do evangelicals want from Trump on foreign policy?

June 13, 2018

(RNS) — As President Trump’s attention turns to international affairs, members of his loyal evangelical Protestant base need to ask themselves: What do we want out of U.S. foreign policy?

Why evangelical opposition to Russell Moore is deluded

March 14, 2017

(RNS) Anyone who thinks Russell Moore should lose his job is advancing a vile heresy and a dangerous idolatry — that Christian leaders should ardently praise the Republican Party’s chosen leader no matter how vile, obnoxious and un-Christian he is.

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