Politics

Rabbis are training to protect the vote and quell postelection violence

By Jack Jenkins — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — ‘We’re very much hoping that all of the preparation is for naught, but we’d rather be prepared than not,’ said Rabbi Jill Jacobs.

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Poll chaplains plan to bring a ‘prayerful presence’ to precincts this Election Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — The New Georgia Project is one of several groups training clergy to be precinct chaplains this Election Day at polling places across the country.

1,000-plus faith leaders call for ‘free and fair election’

By Elana Schor — October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 clergy members, religious scholars and other faith-based advocates have signed onto a unique statement that supports a comprehensive path to “a free and fair election” and urges leaders to heed the verdict of “legitimate election results” regardless of who wins in November.

Sean Feucht’s ‘finale’ worship protest on the National Mall included more politics than usual

By Jack Jenkins — October 26, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Christian musician Sean Feucht’s ‘finale’ concert for his worship protest tour was in D.C. Sunday and the event quickly shifted to a celebration for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ismaili, Ahmadi Muslims push national voter registration efforts

By Aysha Khan — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — Voter mobilization efforts in US Muslim communities have long been characterized and led by Sunni institutions and figures. That’s starting to change.

My child with Down syndrome is not a political statement — and neither is Amy Coney Barrett’s

By Amy Julia Becker — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — We stay mired in our polarized political corners if we view women’s choices primarily as political statements when they in fact reflect ethical decisions made in the context of social forces.

Trump, confirmed a Presbyterian, now identifies as ‘non-denominational Christian’

By Jack Jenkins, Maina Mwaura — October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — A rare exchange about religion-related matters with a president who, while allying closely with evangelical Christian leaders, has spoken little about his own faith.

‘Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden’ signers face a fiery blowback

By Mark I. Pinsky — October 23, 2020

ORLANDO (RNS) — After Joel Hunter recently announced support for former Vice President Joe Biden, a local Christian radio station cancelled Hunter’s devotionals, hosts withdrew (or postponed) speaking invitations and a social media hostility barrage erupted.

Muslims in Michigan, a key vote in a must-win state, on track for record turnout

By Weam Namou — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Muslim areas around greater Detroit could be a key factor in who will be president in January.

How did voter access become a faith issue? The Bible told us so.

By Jim Wallis — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Clergy are already working alongside lawyers at polling places, especially in ZIP codes with higher percentages of low-income people and people of color.

In battleground states, American Jews prefer Biden over Trump by a wide margin

By Yonat Shimron — October 21, 2020

(RNS) — A pair of surveys of likely Jewish voters in Florida and Pennsylvania shows that former Vice President Joe Biden has a massive lead over Donald Trump.

Rohingya American voters ‘grateful,’ ‘excited’ to cast ballots for the first time in Chicago

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 21, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — About a dozen Rohingya refugees voted for the first time Tuesday (Oct. 20) at an early voting site in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

Poll: White evangelicals are religious outliers on every issue of concern to voters

By Yonat Shimron — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — Only 35% of white evangelicals said the coronavirus is of critical concern, according to PRRI’s 11th annual American Values Survey. Among this group, abortion and terrorism top the list of concerns.

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