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Poor People’s Campaign holds major DC rally to combat poverty

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, called legislation that hurts the poor ‘forms of policy murder.’

‘You wear out’: How chronic illness grounds and inspires William Barber’s activism

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2022
Earlier this year, Barber contacted Religion News Service to open up about his health struggles in detail for the first time.

At annual meeting, Southern Baptists draw the line

By Jacob Lupfer — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — The SBC has to decide for itself whether it will be smaller and purer or bigger and more accepting.

A humanitarian is wrongly convicted of helping besieged Palestinians in Gaza

By Daoud Kuttab — June 16, 2022
(RNS) — The case against El Halabi has dealt a blow to the Israeli justice system.

In Yemen, child soldiering continues despite Houthi promise

By Samy Magdy — June 16, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — Houthi officials said the rebels recruited several hundred children including some as young as 10 over the past two months.

UK sanctions Russian Orthodox head; decries forced adoption

By Associated Press — June 16, 2022
LONDON (AP) — Truss also targeted children's rights commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova, who has been accused of enabling the taking of 2,000 vulnerable children from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine and facilitating their forced adoptions in Russia.

Thousands march in Bangladesh over comments about Islam

By Associated Press — June 16, 2022
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least five Arab nations have condemned the remarks and lodged official protests against India.

Biden names Catholic activist Stephen Schneck to religious freedom panel

By Jack Jenkins — June 15, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I’m proud and humbled by President Biden’s appointment,’ Schneck told Religion News Service.

Patriot Front member arrested at Idaho Pride event tied to church led by ex-lawmaker

By Jack Jenkins — June 15, 2022
(RNS) — The pastor and former lawmaker claimed white nationalists arrested in Idaho were ‘antifa,’ but at least one attended his own church.

Abortion foes, accustomed to small wins, ready for a big one

By Matt Sedensky — June 15, 2022
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) —A movement built of tiny steps and endless setbacks, though, now seems poised for a massive leap, with the Supreme Court weighing undoing the constitutional right to abortion found in Roe v. Wade.

Thousands protest ‘bulldozer justice’ against Indian Muslims

By Biswajeet Banerjee — June 15, 2022
LUCKNOW, India (AP) - The protests were sparked by derogatory remarks about Islam and the Prophet Muhammed made recently by two spokespeople of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

Synagogue challenges Florida abortion law over religion

By Curt Anderson — June 14, 2022
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The lawsuit filed by the Congregation L'Dor Va-Dor of Boynton Beach contends the law that takes effect July 1 violates Jewish teachings.

Global summit on religious persecution presents opportunity to fight abuse

By Knox Thames — June 14, 2022
(RNS) — The power of these summits is in bringing together all stakeholders around advancing religious freedom.

A reckoning on Native boarding schools is long overdue 

By Bridget Moix — June 13, 2022
(RNS) — The more we learn, the more we see gaping holes between our country’s traditional narrative and the realities of how our nation was built and who paid the costs.

India’s dark turn from model of religious pluralism to cautionary tale

By Khyati Y. Joshi — June 10, 2022
(RNS) — We need to see ourselves in India’s religious minorities.
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