Legislation

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.

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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.

Indonesia passes anti-terrorism law after suicide attacks on churches

By Nithin Coca — July 24, 2018

JAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) — The new law has bolstered support for President Joko Widodo, a moderate Muslim, but some groups say it gives too much power to the state.

Dutch Parliament approves limited ban on burqa, niqab

By Raf Casert — June 26, 2018

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands has approved a limited ban on ‘face-covering clothing’ in public places, including Islamic veils and robes such as the burqa and niqab but not the hijab, which covers only the hair.

Faith groups condemn citizenship question on US census

By Jack Jenkins — March 28, 2018

WASHINGTON (RNS) — And they are citing both moral imperatives and concerns about accuracy.

Forget ‘Happy Holidays.’ Let’s talk about Congress this Christmas.

By Jonathan Merritt — December 23, 2017

Talking about public policy may not seem like a festive activity, but it is sorely needed.

Giving tax reform a bad name

By Thomas Reese — December 5, 2017

(RNS) — Once again, an opportunity for true tax reform has been missed. Rather than reform, Congress is moving the tax system in the wrong direction.

Churches are usually reluctant to push tax reform. But Catholic bishops are trying.

By Thomas Reese — November 3, 2017

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Churches are reluctant to get involved in tax reform because it is complicated and they fear the impact of reform on themselves and their donors. So it was surprising to see the U.S. Catholic bishops grapple with this controversial topic.

Church Clarity pressures pastors and churches to disclose views on homosexuality

By Jonathan Merritt — October 18, 2017

(RNS) — Prominent pastors are finding themselves on the hot seat thanks to a new group’s efforts to call out leaders who lack clear stances, writes Jonathan Merritt. (COMMENTARY)

First Look: Trump talks Israel on Mike Huckabee’s new TBN show

By Jonathan Merritt — October 6, 2017

Trump’s peace plan, the president says, will be decided “in the not-too-distant future” and “everybody says it is not going to work.”

The gospel for gun-loving Christians

By Jonathan Merritt — October 3, 2017

How exactly can someone do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly while carrying a deadly assault rifle? asks David Gringor in a commentary.

Why Christians can stay hopeful in this time of political darkness

By Jonathan Merritt — August 22, 2017

(RNS) — After weeks of moral chaos, Americans have grown discouraged. Here’s how Jesus-people can keep hope.

Anti-Muslim Australian senator wears burqa in Parliament

By Rod McGuirk — August 17, 2017

(AP) — ‘To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done,’ said Attorney General George Brandis to the senator who donned the burqa.

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