Politics

Michigan’s Muslim voters mobilize to vote ‘uncommitted’ in Democratic primary

By Fiona André — February 26, 2024
(RNS) — For many, Tuesday's primary is a chance to show the impact of Muslim Americans' dissatisfaction with Biden's support for Israel and his refusal to advocate for a cease-fire in Gaza.
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Alabama’s ruling puts the rights of the vulnerable above convenience of the powerful

By Charles C. Camosy — February 23, 2024
(RNS) — We should do what's right for its own sake, not because it's the most convenient.

At National Cathedral, leaders of different parties, perspectives call for civility

By Adelle M. Banks — February 22, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Maryland Gov. Wes Moore spoke about their participation in the ‘Disagree Better’ project and noted their efforts to seek bipartisan solutions.

Trump-aligned think tank, denying policy plans, gives voice to Christian nationalist views

By Jack Jenkins — February 21, 2024
(RNS) — The Center for Renewing America is denying a Politico report about plans to push Christian nationalism should Donald Trump win back the White House — but that doesn’t mean the group doesn’t endorse the ideology or want it to help shape public policy.

Texas attorney general moves to shut down Catholic migrant shelters

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — February 21, 2024
RNS — The lawsuit from Ken Paxton’s office ‘seeks to revoke Annunciation House’s authorization to do business in Texas and asks the court to appoint a receiver to liquidate their assets.’

Historic New Delhi mosque is the latest Muslim heritage site to face demolition

By Kaisar Andrabi — February 21, 2024
NEW DELHI (RNS) — The Sunehri mosque, architecturally significant and a time capsule of the early 20th century British plan for India’s capital, is said to be a traffic hazard.

Bipartisanship is dead; can it be resurrected?

By Thomas Reese — February 20, 2024
(RNS) — Partisanship is baked into our political system because of gerrymandering, primaries and campaign financing.

Christian-nation idea fuels US conservative causes, but historians say it misreads founders’ intent

By Peter Smith — February 20, 2024
Many conservatives and Republicans embrace the idea of Christian national origins, even as many reject the “Christian nationalist” label.

Muslims calling for peace in Gaza have been answered with rampant Islamophobia

By Wa'el Alzayat — February 19, 2024
(RNS) — The repercussions go far beyond the current conflict overseas.

Biden sanctions aim to curb Jewish settler attacks. Some Israelis fear a wider impact.

By Michele Chabin — February 19, 2024
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Though some say the sanctions will do little to end attacks by Jewish extremists, others say they may be used against anyone who supports the settlements in the West Bank.

A prayer for Evita: Here’s why many Argentines are devoted to a first lady who died in 1952

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — February 19, 2024
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Many union members think of Evita as their patron or gaze at her photos with nostalgia, feeling that she and her husband, three-time President Juan Domingo Perón, brought prosperity to their country.

African Methodist Episcopal Church leaders call for halt to all US funding of Israel

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2024
(RNS) — The statement comes in a week of continuing calls for cease-fire and humanitarian aid for the victims of the war that began on Oct. 7.

Freethought Democrats object to Pastor Jack Hibbs as guest chaplain, say he’s Christian nationalist

By Jack Jenkins — February 16, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'I think there is a real problem with our new speaker and his ability to accept religious pluralism, diversity, and inclusion in a way that can work for our country and our diverse Congress,' said Rep. Jared Huffman.
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