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We owe it to the vulnerable to get vaccinated

By Jana Riess — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Dr. Tyler Johnson says his Mormon religion ‘teaches me I have a moral obligation to seek out facts and to seek to understand the world as it is,’ which means rejecting vaccine conspiracy theories and misinformation.
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NY governor vows to fight lawsuit over vaccine mandate

By Marina Villeneuve — September 17, 2021
A group of Christian health care practitioners argue that New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is unconstitutional.

The gospel of Sherri Tenpenny: COVID-19 misinformation meets Christian nationalism

By Jack Jenkins — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Her claims are discredited by scientists and politicians trying to stem the spread of COVID-19. But her appeal to faith has a constituency all its own.

Post-Trump, Christian nationalists preach a theology of vaccine resistance

By Jack Jenkins — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Recent rallies have intermingled resistance to COVID-19 vaccines with calls for a resurgence of Christian influence.

Largest Catholic parish in US being built in ‘heart of California’s dairy industry’

By Alejandra Molina — September 14, 2021
VISALIA, Calif. (RNS) — ‘It’s the best-kept secret in the nation — little Visalia building the largest parish church in modern U.S. history,’ said the Rev. Alex Chavez.

A mask mandate showdown in Cobb County school board pits ‘faith’ against ‘fear’

By Heather Greene — September 13, 2021
ATLANTA (RNS) — 'Faith not Fear' is a mantra ringing out across the country, where such debates have reached a fever pitch. That is the case in Cobb County, Georgia.

Francis Collins ‘a bit’ frustrated with evangelicals amid COVID-19 vaccine push

By Adelle M. Banks — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — Collins said seekers of a religious exemption from new COVID-19 rules would ‘have to really come through with a coherent argument about why that applies in this place.’

Donald Trump to join Sean Feucht worship concert on 9/11 at National Mall

By Jack Jenkins — September 10, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The two-day event is preceded by a daylong summit on Friday at the Trump International Hotel that includes speeches from conservative religious and political leaders.

Religious organizations prepare for ‘potential onslaught’ of evictions

By Kathryn Post — September 9, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We’re very, very nervous,’ said Sarah Abramson of Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. Millions of Americans say they could face eviction as the federal eviction moratorium ends.

California recall candidate Larry Elder to visit megachurch offering COVID-19 vaccine exemptions

By Alejandra Molina — September 2, 2021
(RNS) — Pastor Greg Fairrington, during an Aug. 1 sermon, told congregants of his church to ‘do your job as Christians on Sept. 14 and vote yes on recalling an immoral governor.’

Jeannie Gaffigan hosts panel urging Catholics to get COVID-19 vaccines

By Renée Roden, Alejandra Molina — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — Gaffigan collaborated with Loyola Marymount University to host a panel on Tuesday (Aug. 31) directed specifically at Catholic audiences and featuring several Catholic medical experts.

Judge blocks Western Michigan’s vaccine mandate for athletes

By David Eggert — September 1, 2021
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The four athletes — Emily Dahl, Hannah Redoute, Bailey Korhorn and Morgan Otteson — said they were denied religious exemptions to play without getting a dose.

California, LA County both to pay $400,000 settlement to John MacArthur’s church

By Alejandra Molina — August 31, 2021
(RNS) — This agreement, county officials said, was reached in the context of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in February that told California it couldn’t enforce a ban on indoor worship because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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