Government & Politics

Jewish voters edge further away from Trump

By Mark Silk — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Republican politicians — Trump above all — have failed to grasp that Israel policy has never had much impact on the voting behavior of American Jews.

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Buffalo Catholic peace activist Martin Gugino back on his feet, determined to protest

By Yonat Shimron — September 11, 2020

(RNS) — After being knocked to the ground by two Buffalo police officers in June, Gugino is eager to press his case for the right of citizens to protest the government.

His RNC prayer was neutral, but Franklin Graham says the choice for president is not

By Yonat Shimron — August 28, 2020

(RNS) — Graham said the choice in November is clear: Democrats will steer the country toward the socialism of Venezuela or Cuba.

President Trump kept his promises. That’s why, as a Catholic, I want four more years

By Teresa S. Collett — August 24, 2020

(RNS) — As a Catholic who embraces the Church’s teaching on the innate value of every human life, the primacy of faith, the dignity of work, the importance of public order and the need for mercy to temper justice, I am very comfortable supporting the reelection of our president.

Joe Biden’s Pauline acceptance speech draws on hope, light and love

By Mark Silk — August 21, 2020

It was all about love and light versus darkness.

Rabbi Michael Beals was leading a prayer service. Then Joe Biden showed up.

By Yonat Shimron — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — In a video to air at the Democratic National Convention, Beals recounts the time Biden showed up unannounced at a shiva prayer service for an elderly woman who lived in a subsidized senior citizen high-rise.

Trump’s campaign aims at consolidating his Judeo-Christian base

By Mark Silk — August 18, 2020

(RNS) — His numbers are up from 2016 among Jews, Latino Catholics and Mormons, but in some quarters there’s a definite lack of enthusiasm.

John MacArthur, Grace Community Church sue California officials over banning indoor worship, allowing protests

By Aysha Khan — August 13, 2020

(RNS) — A suburban Los Angeles megachurch has filed a lawsuit to continue holding indoor services in person after California issued a second lockdown order in response to the pandemic.

5 faith facts about Biden’s VP choice Kamala Harris — a Black Baptist with Hindu family

By Yonat Shimron — August 11, 2020

(RNS) — Few, if any, vice presidential candidates have had as much exposure to the world’s religions as Kamala Harris, the 55-year-old senator from California whom Joe Biden picked Tuesday (Aug. 11) as his running mate.

Trump’s 2020 religious attack on Biden harks back to 1800

By Mark Silk — August 11, 2020

(RNS) — Then too, a Democrat was charged with being godless.

Pompeo’s rights commission delivers an implicit critique of Trump

By Mark Silk — July 17, 2020

(RNS) — A report with a more expansive of human rights than the secretary of state — or his boss — may have anticipated.

Willow Creek, Life.Church among churches that received millions in PPP loans

By Yonat Shimron — July 7, 2020

(RNS) — The vast majority of religious organizations listed in the data received between $150,000 and $300,000, but at least two dozen religious organizations received the highest amount of dollars, between $5 million and $10 million.

Trump makes Nixon look good

By Mark Silk — June 2, 2020

(RNS) — A tale of two presidential ventures out of a White House under siege.

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