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At March for Life, a mix of triumph and apprehension

By Jack Jenkins — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — Organizers condemned the presence of people affiliated with America First, whose leader is widely decried as a white nationalist.
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On eve of March for Life, Catholic abortion rights advocates counterprotest pro-life vigil

By Jack Jenkins — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — The group Catholics for Choice projected slogans on the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as worshippers inside held an anti-abortion vigil.

Whose ‘Torah values’?

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — We don't need members of Congress teaching Americans about 'Torah values.' Join me in smelling a rat.

Top Presbyterian executive calls on US Jews to end ‘enslavement’ of Palestinians

By Yonat Shimron — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — In his reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson said he hoped U.S. Jews would influence the U.S. government in ‘ending the immoral enslavement’ of Palestinians.

Catholic bishops fight Biden but affirm his election

By Thomas Reese — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — Catholic bishops show that people can disagree with the president without buying into the big lie. 

What 13th-century Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas can teach us about hope in times of despair

By Christopher Beem — January 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of democratic virtues explains why Dominican monk Thomas Aquinas’ thoughts on hope are relevant today.

We should hire Deborah Lipstadt to combat antisemitism, not punish her for doing so

By Avi Shafran — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Congress appears to be holding up an antisemitism watchdog’s confirmation for pointing out antisemitism.

As Congress debates, Black Baptist leader calls denial of voting rights ‘evil’

By Adelle M. Banks — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — Regardless of what happens on Capitol Hill, the PNBC leaders said they plan to lobby Congress in March and register voters weekly in their congregations and communities.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s hard words for white Christians

By Robert P. Jones — January 17, 2022
(RNS) — King’s exasperation at self-satisfied white Christians holds up a mirror that is still painfully accurate today.

On MLK Day, King III implores Senate to act on voting rights

By Michael Warren and Jeff Martin — January 17, 2022
ATLANTA (AP) — A day before the U.S. Senate was expected to take up significant legislation on voting rights that is looking likely to fail, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s eldest son condemned federal lawmakers over their inaction. Speaking in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Martin Luther King III said though he was marking the federal holiday […]

What we won’t hear on Martin Luther King Day, and what we need to hear

By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes — January 17, 2022
(RNS) — Our memory of King’s ‘Dream’ speech has been reduced to sanitized sound bites.

Black faith leaders’ proud legacy on civil rights should include LGBTQ rights

By Sabrina E. Dent — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — Black Christians know too well how discrimination can hide behind appeals to religious freedom.

As Pope Francis’ critics vent their anger, what comes out is vaccine disinformation

By Phyllis Zagano — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — The number of Catholics alike ignoring church teachings demonstrates a large leak in the barque of Peter.
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