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Alta Fixsler, 2-year-old on life support, has a visa to come to US for treatment. Will UK court let her go?

By Avi Shafran — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — The case, reduced to its essence, pits current medical opinion against Alta’s parents' Hasidic Jewish faith.

Why Reform Jewish leaders support H.R. 40, the federal reparations bill

By Deitra Reiser, Hannah Goldstein, Sarah Bassin — July 28, 2021
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‘This is our Selma moment,’ clergy leaders announce on eve of 27-mile voting rights march to Austin

By Yonat Shimron — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — On Wednesday (July 28), the Rev. William J. Barber II will lead clergy and laypeople on a four-day, 27-mile march from Georgetown to Austin, Texas, to protest the rollback of voting rights and demand federal action.

RNS News Quiz: Ben & Jerry’s and Wally Funk

By Emily Churchill — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.

Noem to headline GOP event in early-voting South Carolina

By Meg Kinnard — July 23, 2021
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kristi Noem will speak Aug. 23 at the Faith & Freedom BBQ in Anderson, according to the event’s host, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan.

Confessions of an exhausted Catholic

By John Gehring — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — The Catholic narrative in public life has become a soul-wearying experience.

André Mendonça, President Bolsonaro’s ‘terribly evangelical’ Supreme Court justice

By Eduardo Campos Lima — July 22, 2021
SÃO PAULO (RNS) — Mendonça’s nomination has been seen by many as a political maneuver by Bolsonaro to strengthen his ties with evangelicals, a significant and loyal voting bloc for him.

Ben & Jerry’s threatened ban in West Bank creates ripples beyond ice cream stores

By Michele Chabin — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — The company’s announcement that it would not renew its licensee in the occupied territories has brought accusations of antisemitism.

Brad Raffensperger in conversation with Maina Mwaura

By Maina Mwaura, Jonathan Woodward — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger talks with Maina Mwaura about the difficulties of being caught in the middle during the fraught 2021 presidential election ballot counting.

Co-chair of Poor People’s Campaign among nearly 100 women arrested at march for voting rights in D.C.

By Renée Roden — July 19, 2021
(RNS) — The arrested protesters were part of the Women’s Moral Monday March, advocating for legislation to protect voting rights and demanding relief for marginalized and impoverished Americans.

War or peace? For Iran and the United States, it’s time to decide.

By Diane Randall — July 19, 2021
(RNS) — A swift return to the JCPOA is our best and only option for dealing with Iran.

Israeli police clash with protesters to clear Al-Aqsa complex for Tisha b’av worshippers

By Daoud Kuttab — July 18, 2021
(RNS) — The Israeli action violates the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, the Jordanian foreign ministry said.

Despite white Christianity’s role in Capitol assault, some signs of hope and change

By Robert P. Jones — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — White Christians have only begun the work of reckoning with white supremacy.

Clergy among advocates suing Texas over new law deputizing citizens to enforce abortion ban

By Alejandra Molina — July 16, 2021
(RNS) —'If we as people of faith want to remain free of interference from the government, S.B. 8 should worry us beyond what we think is right or wrong about abortion,' said the Rev. Daniel Kanter.
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