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Annual March for Life goes virtual amid COVID-19, unrest at US Capitol

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — The annual anti-abortion demonstration has brought supporters to the nation’s capital each year since the first anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 1974 to hear from speakers and march to the Supreme Court building.

Advancing religious freedom abroad starts at home

By Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi — January 15, 2021
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Outgoing House chaplain says the job is to ‘be a counterpoint to the dominant spirit of this place’

By Jack Jenkins — January 15, 2021

(RNS) – The Rev. Patrick J. Conroy likened watching Congress debate in person the first time to ‘when my parents were arguing past one another.’

Anti-Semitism seen in Capitol attack raises alarms

By Elana Schor — January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two white nationalists known for racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric livestreamed to their online followers after breaking into the Capitol during the deadly insurrection.

What Americans believe about violence against the government

By Ryan Burge — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — The relationship between partisanship and support for violence against government is clear. Church attendance does not appear to fuel the fire — nor tamp it down.

For insurrectionists, a violent faith brewed from nationalism, conspiracies and Jesus

By Jack Jenkins — January 12, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — As insurrectionists began the attack on the Capitol, a banner waved above the throng. It read: ‘Proud American Christian.’

Don’t impeach Trump. Shun him.

By Thomas Reese — January 12, 2021

(RNS) — Shunning — or its Catholic counterpart, excommunication — is the religious equivalent of amputation. It is an extreme measure to protect the community from infection.

How self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ from a growing Christian movement provided religious motivation for the Jan. 6 events at the US Capitol

By Brad Christerson — January 12, 2021

(The Conversation) — Because Trump is God’s chosen candidate, they believe, any other candidate, no matter what the vote totals show, is illegitimate.

Change is slow — but it’s coming, and it’s why they rioted at the Capitol

By Beth Kissileff — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — The chaos at the Capitol was the work of a desperate group, clinging to false beliefs at all costs, unwilling to shift their paradigm. But it is their last gasp. 

If you’re religious and supported President Trump

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — Can you simultaneously believe in God and the president?

Trump-supporting Christian leaders and their Sunday messages

By Mariam Fam, Elana Schor, David Crary — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — While some preachers were defiant, one pastor said, ‘We must repent for making the person who occupies the White House more important than the one who occupies our hearts.’

Pope Francis calls for unity after ‘shocking’ Capitol attack

By Claire Giangravé — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Nothing is earned through violence, and everything is lost,’ the pontiff said, offering prayers for the five people who lost their lives during the protests.

How House chaplain calmed tense hours in besieged Capitol with prayers for ‘God’s covering’

By Jack Jenkins — January 9, 2021

(RNS) — As a mob overtook the Capitol and the work of lawmakers ground to a halt, Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben’s work began in earnest.

Witches to GOP: If you summon a demon, have a plan to banish it

By Heather Greene — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — The events of Jan. 6 prove without a doubt the GOP is incapable of controlling what it unleashed with Trump.

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