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Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence?

By Jana Riess — January 15, 2021

The problem is that if/when the Church issues a statement condemning the violence and reminding members of President Oaks’s wise counsel about accepting the results of elections, it will do little than reinforce people’s existing ideas.

Biden’s transition team wanted to talk about religious freedom. Here’s what I told them.

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — What I said had as much to do with racial justice as religious freedom, as the two are inextricably linked.

Joanne Rogers, widow of ‘Mr. Rogers,’ dead at age 92

By Adelle M. Banks — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — The longtime partner of Fred Rogers continued aiding organizations in Pittsburgh — where her husband’s program was produced — as recently as last year.

Houston woman faces historic indictment over female genital cutting

By Aysha Khan — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — The indictment alleges Zahra Badri knowingly transported a minor from the U.S. for the purpose of female genital cutting in 2016.

Kirbyjon Caldwell, former presidential adviser who promoted ‘good success,’ sentenced to prison

By Bob Smietana — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — A former presidential adviser, Caldwell advocated for ‘good success’ — achieving financial and spiritual success while remaining moral.

Israel hopes to vaccinate Holocaust survivors to save and repay ‘treasured’ population

By Michele Chabin — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — An Israeli government initiative to help vaccinate Holocaust survivors around the world against COVID-19 is drawing praise for its intentions, but also skepticism.

LA clergy look to hold city officials responsible for allowing Sean Feucht’s Skid Row event

By Alejandra Molina — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — On Wednesday (Jan. 13), Clergy for Black Lives hosted a virtual news conference on Zoom to condemn the ‘white supremacist violence and heretical Christian prophecy’ in the nation’s capital and in downtown LA.

Anti-Semitism seen in Capitol attack raises alarms

By Elana Schor — January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two white nationalists known for racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric livestreamed to their online followers after breaking into the Capitol during the deadly insurrection.

What Americans believe about violence against the government

By Ryan Burge — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — The relationship between partisanship and support for violence against government is clear. Church attendance does not appear to fuel the fire — nor tamp it down.

Biden taps Delaware AME pastor to offer benediction at inauguration

By Jack Jenkins — January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — A longtime confidant of the Biden family, Silvester S. Beaman, made headlines when he was featured in a 2020 Trump campaign ad.

James Clyburn to propose designating ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ as the national hymn

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2021

(RNS) — The Democratic congressman from South Carolina said elevating the hymn — often described as the unofficial ‘Black national anthem’ — could be an act of healing.

From the Capitol to critical race theory, white Christians grieve declining hegemony

By Andre Henry — January 13, 2021

(RNS) — Connecting the spectacle at the Capitol with the SBC seminary presidents’ statements is the effort to sustain white supremacy.

Pakistan attempts to prosecute Ahmadi US citizens for digital blasphemy

By Aysha Khan — January 13, 2021

(RNS) — In 2016, Pakistan enacted digital regulations that allow authorities to block online content in the ‘interest of the glory of Islam.’

What Christians can learn from Indian Sikh farmers’ desperate protests

By Joseph D'Souza — January 13, 2021

(RNS) — The protesters’ cause and community have shown a way for people of all faiths to go forward in a post-pandemic world.

Open Doors’ 2021 watch list highlights impact of COVID-19 on religious persecution worldwide

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 13, 2021

(RNS) — North Korea leads the organization’s annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most persecution for their faith for the 20th straight year.

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