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Southern Baptists may cheer DeSantis’ war on Disney but don’t expect a boycott

By Yonat Shimron — April 27, 2022
(RNS) — Younger Southern Baptist pastors, while holding the same traditional positions on gender roles, are not as eager to jump headlong into the culture wars.

Abortion debate epicenter: Mississippi clinic stays open

By Emily Wagster Pettus — December 1, 2021
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Protesting Zionism, climate activist group won’t rally in DC with Jewish groups

By Yonat Shimron — October 20, 2021
(RNS) — The statement shocked many Jewish groups who said the position essentially excludes Jews.

Jewish women to march in abortion rights rally

By Yonat Shimron — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — The National Council for Jewish Women will host a special Shabbat morning service at the site of the Washington march Saturday in Freedom Plaza.

Illinois passes legislation to allow student athletes to wear hijab without waivers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — The Inclusive Athletic Attire Act allows all student athletes to modify their uniforms in keeping with their religion, culture or personal preferences for modesty.

Infrastructure bill includes energy efficiency grants for houses of worship

By Yonat Shimron — August 11, 2021
(RNS) — Deferred maintenance at aging sanctuaries has become an ever-increasing burden. A $50 million pilot program would award grants of up to $200,000 for energy efficiency.

‘This is our Selma moment,’ clergy leaders announce on eve of 27-mile voting rights march to Austin

By Yonat Shimron — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — On Wednesday (July 28), the Rev. William J. Barber II will lead clergy and laypeople on a four-day, 27-mile march from Georgetown to Austin, Texas, to protest the rollback of voting rights and demand federal action.

Black pastors sign letter supporting compromise bill on LGBTQ equality

By Yonat Shimron — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — They expressed support for LGBTQ civil protections but are asking that the Senate take up a rival bill called Fairness for All, which includes religious exemptions.

This rabbi got Kentucky to adopt an anti-Semitism resolution. But not all Jews are happy.

By Yonat Shimron — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — Rabbi Shlomo Litvin said the resolution may stanch a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Lexington, Kentucky. Critics worry it could be used to silence free speech by those who criticize Israel.

What’s in store for the Equality Act, and why do some religions want a revision?

By Yonat Shimron — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — The Equality Act likely won't pass in the US Senate, as is. But if the Senate were to include religious exemptions, it might.

Rev. Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign calls for resistance to reopening plans

By Yonat Shimron — May 13, 2020
(RNS) — It is urging Congress, the president and state governors to follow the recommendations of public health experts and not risk a resurgence of the virus, which is disproportionately affecting poor, uninsured, low-wage workers.

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says churches may apply for SBA loans

By Yonat Shimron — April 15, 2020
(RNS) — In a Facebook Live interview, SBC ethicist Russell Moore said that’s because banks would be issuing the loans, not the government. He also called a decision by Louisville, Kentucky's mayor to ban a drive-in Easter service ‘stupid.’

Ahead of abortion bill vote, Argentina’s Catholic Church moderates its tone

By Veronica Gimenez Beliveau — August 8, 2018
(The Conversation) — The Catholic Church’s response in the face of a groundswell of support from Argentine women seems to be a model for how it is responding to social issues worldwide.

Shane Claiborne: Christians are why the death penalty lives on

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — August 6, 2018
(RNS) — Wherever Christians are most concentrated in America is where the death penalty has flourished.
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