Politics

Muslim voters doubled their turnout, turning a much-watched minority into an influential one

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 9, 2020

(RNS) — Many groups have made significant gains in their ability to deliver the vote in 2020, perhaps the most influential of which is the Muslim American bloc.

Biden victory kindles hope for warmer US-Vatican relations

By Claire Giangravé — November 9, 2020

(RNS) — The second Catholic president of the United States after John Kennedy will likely align with many of the priorities of this pontificate.

Who will President Joe Biden listen to on faith matters?

By Jack Jenkins, Emily McFarlan Miller — November 8, 2020

(RNS) — The nation’s second Catholic president is likely to bring a more restrained, interfaith approach to his faith-based politics than his predecessor.

Five takeaways from the 2020 election

By Thomas Reese — November 7, 2020

(RNS) — We know — have known — that we must do more listening and less preaching. If we cannot, our future is bleak.

Joe Biden, president-elect at last, was shaped by a very American Catholic faith

By Jack Jenkins — November 7, 2020

(RNS) — The way he manages his allegiance to Catholicism gives a glimpse of how Biden will govern as he takes hold of an office he has sought since 1988.

5 Faith-facts about VP-elect Kamala Harris, a Black Baptist with a Hindu family

By Yonat Shimron — November 7, 2020

(RNS) — Few, if any, vice presidential candidates have had as much exposure to the world’s religions as Kamala Harris, the 55-year-old senator from California whom Joe Biden picked Tuesday (Aug. 11) as his running mate.

The GOP’s Catholic voter problem

By Ryan Burge — November 6, 2020

(RNS) — It’s no coincidence that three Rust Belt states with large populations of Catholics helped put the Democrats back in the White House in January of 2021.

Is democracy sacred?

By Anthony D. Baker — November 6, 2020

(The Conversation) — “Though politics relies on virtue, this does not make it religious,” writes Anthony D. Baker.

Evangelical asylum-seekers stuck in Mexico hold prayer vigil for the US election

By Bob Smietana — November 6, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Their lives and the lives of the children depend on the outcome of the election,’ said Alma Ruth, founder of the Texas-based Practice Mercy Foundation.

Exit polls show few changes in the religious vote

By Yonat Shimron — November 5, 2020

(RNS) — Support for President Donald Trump among white evangelicals remained constant. Catholics split their vote. And non-Christians voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden.

Joe Biden has best showing of any Democrat in Utah since 1964

By Jana Riess — November 5, 2020

(RNS) — Even heavily Mormon Provo, once reliably red, turned purple.

Nearly 2,000 Catholic nuns sign letter demanding Trump ‘count the votes’

By Jack Jenkins — November 5, 2020

(RNS) — ‘It may be frustrating that we do not know immediately who won our 2020 Presidential election. Nonetheless, democracy is worth the hard work and the wait,’ said Sister Simone Campbell.

Five states elect first-ever Muslim lawmakers, from Oklahoma to Delaware

By Aysha Khan — November 5, 2020

(RNS) — On Tuesday, voters in Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Oklahoma and Wisconsin all elected their state legislatures’ first-ever Muslim lawmakers.

The Trumpian breach of faith

By Mark Silk — November 4, 2020

(RNS) — Imagining what Theodore H. White would have made of the making of the president 2020.

The ‘Squad’ returns: 5 faith facts about the House’s firebrand group

By Bob Smietana — November 4, 2020

(RNS) — The Squad — four women of faith — represents the often-overlooked side of religion and politicians.

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