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Jacob Lupfer

A contributing editor at RNS, Jacob Lupfer is a writer and consultant in Baltimore. His website is www.jacoblupfer.com. 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

At St. John Paul II shrine, Trump’s use of religion goes from bad to ugly

By Jacob Lupfer — June 2, 2020
(RNS) — Disciples’ deliberate manipulation of religious settings, themes and objects revealed Trumpworld’s cynical and shameless approach to faith.

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

By Jacob Lupfer — 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

By Jacob Lupfer — 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.

Shadows in the stained glass: Patterson and Pressler chapel windows come down

By Jacob Lupfer — April 11, 2019
(RNS) — With no fanfare, and to the secret relief of many, the windows of two of the heroes of the Southern Baptist Convention's conservative resurgence have been removed from a seminary chapel.

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

By Jacob Lupfer — 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

By Jacob Lupfer — 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

By Jacob Lupfer — 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

By Jacob Lupfer — 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

By Jacob Lupfer — 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

By Jacob Lupfer — 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

By Jacob Lupfer — 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

By Jacob Lupfer — 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.

China’s repression of Uighurs won’t stop until the international community intervenes

By Jacob Lupfer — December 4, 2018
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The world at large needs to organize itself to address a crackdown on Muslim minorities whose heroic fight against repression we have so far comfortably ignored.

On Christ the King Sunday, Christians pledge allegiance to the Prince of Peace

By Jacob Lupfer — November 21, 2018
(RNS) — Christ the King Sunday reminds Christians that their hope lies in God's kingdom, not earthly power.

As evangelicals win with Trump, little ‘good news’ is left in the religious right

By Jacob Lupfer — November 7, 2018
(RNS) — Trumpism is now business as usual for white evangelicalism, and white evangelical politics are inseparable from Trump's.
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