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This MLK Day, white evangelicals again have a choice to make on racial justice

By Jemar Tisby — January 18, 2021

(RNS) — Those who wish to learn from MLK’s legacy must also ask if they are willing to listen to the modern-day prophets of racial justice.

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Advancing religious freedom abroad starts at home

By Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — On this Religious Freedom Day, we are concerned about the rising threats around the world, but we are hopeful for progress in the years ahead.

How the Ebenezer Baptist Church has been a seat of Black power for generations in Atlanta

By Jason Oliver Evans — January 15, 2021

(The Conversation) — One cannot appreciate the importance of MLK Day without understanding the tradition which formed one of America’s most influential civil rights leaders.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Don’t impeach Trump. Shun him.

By Thomas Reese — January 12, 2021

(RNS) — Shunning — or its Catholic counterpart, excommunication — is the religious equivalent of amputation. It is an extreme measure to protect the community from infection.

How self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ from a growing Christian movement provided religious motivation for the Jan. 6 events at the US Capitol

By Brad Christerson — January 12, 2021

(The Conversation) — Because Trump is God’s chosen candidate, they believe, any other candidate, no matter what the vote totals show, is illegitimate.

Change is slow — but it’s coming, and it’s why they rioted at the Capitol

By Beth Kissileff — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — The chaos at the Capitol was the work of a desperate group, clinging to false beliefs at all costs, unwilling to shift their paradigm. But it is their last gasp. 

If you’re religious and supported President Trump

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — Can you simultaneously believe in God and the president?

Is killing Lisa Montgomery the best version of justice we have?

By Shane Claiborne — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — Lisa Montgomery is slated to become the first woman executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years, days before her executioner leaves office.

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