Politics

Conservatives balk at Sikh prayer, but diverse religious voices are a convention tradition

By Jack Jenkins — July 17, 2024
Monday wasn’t even the first time Harmeet Kaur Dhillon has offered a Sikh prayer at an RNC gathering, nor was she the first to do so.
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Voter protection training begins as clergy, secular groups look toward election

By Adelle M. Banks — July 17, 2024
(RNS) — Groups are aiming to equip volunteers to keep the environment calm at polling places, especially in battleground states.

At RNC, an uneven, awkward embrace of religious pluralism

By Jack Jenkins — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — As a Republican official led a Sikh prayer, images of Christian crosses flashed behind her.

People of faith mobilize when our country needs us. This year, democracy needs us.

By Jennifer Walker Thomas and Chris Crawford — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — Helping at the polls aligns with some basic values of faith, from hospitality to honoring our neighbors.

In ‘Disciples in the Moonlight,’ US Christians are persecuted and the Bible is banned

By Kathryn Post — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — Mike Pence praised the Christian action film as a 'cautionary tale' that should 'inspire people of faith to do even more to protect religious freedom in America.'

Hawley’s Christian nationalism is the old-time civil religion, weaponized

By Mark Silk — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — The way it was during the Cold War.

Five faith facts about Trump’s VP pick, JD Vance

By Jack Jenkins and Aleja Hertzler-McCain — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — If Trump is elected, Vance would be the second Catholic vice president in US history — after Joe Biden.

Religious exemptions to Title IX on trial again in appeals case against US Dept of Ed

By Chloë-Arizona Fodor — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — With the support of 19 state attorneys general, the Hunter plaintiffs are back in court to make their case against LGBTQ+ discrimination in religious higher education institutions.

Faith leaders, politicians invoke God’s protection for Trump in wake of shooting

By Paul O'Donnell — July 13, 2024
(RNS) — Many also asked for prayers for the country as a whole and the polarized political landscape.

State Department criticizes religious persecution: But will it act?

By Knox Thames — July 12, 2024
(RNS) — For the United States to credibly pronounce human rights to matter, then it must matter in all our relationships, friend and foe alike.

After debate, Black churchgoers often support but begin to question Biden

By Adelle M. Banks — July 11, 2024
(RNS) — Black church scholar Jason Shelton says ‘a lot of African Americans are up in the air with President Biden post debate.’

Those Columbia deans deserved their removals. But what’s next?

By Mark Silk — July 9, 2024
(RNS) — The challenge of actually addressing the rise of antisemitism.

Faith can help heal our polarized country

By L. Gregory Jones — July 9, 2024
(RNS) — Communities of faith are distinctively (perhaps even divinely) positioned to demonstrate how to build solidarity with one another.
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