Melissa Rogers

Melissa Rogers is an author at Religion News Service.

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Why we need to work with houses of worship on COVID-19 vaccinations

By Melissa Rogers — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — Faith-based organizations are familiar to many, and countless religious leaders are enthusiastic about helping Americans get vaccinated.

Trump couldn’t be more wrong about Biden’s faith

By Melissa Rogers — August 10, 2020
(RNS) — Biden speaks readily and movingly about his personal faith, including the duty to love one’s neighbor. But even more importantly, he lives out his faith on a daily basis.

Trump is no religious freedom champion

By Melissa Rogers — January 3, 2020
(RNS) — No advocate of religious liberty should hail President Trump as a champion on these issues.

Cultivate common ground regarding faith in public life

By Melissa Rogers — October 15, 2019
(RNS) — Making lasting progress on the most difficult issues facing our country will require renewed efforts to bring diverse Americans of good faith together to listen to one another.

Six issues to watch in the Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran case

By Melissa Rogers — June 28, 2017
(RNS) It may take years to fully grasp the import of the Supreme Court’s decision in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. But these issues will undoubtedly resurface.

COMMENTARY: IRS Gives Churches Helpful Warning About Politicking

By Melissa Rogers — March 4, 2006
c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Consider yourself warned. That’s a key message the Internal Revenue Service sent to churches and charities with the materials it recently released on impermissible electioneering. While the IRS has merely slapped the wrists of most non-complying organizations in the past, this has put churches and charities on notice that […]

COMMENTARY: Disagreeing With Religious Groups is Not Hostility to Religion

By Melissa Rogers — August 11, 2005
c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Here’s the bargain: Citizens have the right to bring their religious convictions into policy and political debates. But those who do cannot hurl charges of anti-religious bigotry simply because others disagree with them. The Family Research Council is quick to accept the first part of this bargain, but it […]
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