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White evangelicals in numerical, political decline

By Mark Silk — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — A lesson from the new PRRI religious census.

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Congolese cleric and statesman, dies at 81

By Fredrick Nzwili — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — The former archbishop of Kinshasa is remembered as both a church leader and a statesman who fought fearlessly for human rights, and helped guide the nation through a turbulent political transition.

Trump religious freedom ambassador launches international religious freedom meeting

By Jack Jenkins — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — The gathering’s organizers said it provides a rare example of bipartisan support in an era known for partisan rift.

Fostering Christians who oppose Christian nationalism

By Doug Pagitt — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol inspired a new curriculum for pastors wanting to resist Christian nationalism.

Don’t believe in systemic racism? Let’s talk about the sexual revolution.

By Karen Swallow Prior — July 12, 2021
(RNS) — One need not embrace critical race theory to recognize that systemic racism exists.

A new resource for combating Christian nationalism sees it as a ‘distortion of the gospel’

By Yonat Shimron — July 12, 2021
(RNS) — A three-session curriculum offers churches a resource for sermons or discussion groups about the ideology it calls a 'distortion of the gospel of Jesus and a threat to American democracy.'

The Baptist insights of the man who wrote ‘Robert’s Rules’

By Mark Silk — July 9, 2021
(RNS) — It's time for our democracy to give the man his due.

Qatar’s Baha’i community and the plight of foreign workers

By Baher Seioshansian — July 8, 2021
(RNS) — This subtle erasure of Baha’is from the country contrasts sharply with Qatar’s efforts to promote the image and practice of tolerance.

Jordan debating whether to open up to Shiite pilgrims

By Daoud Kuttab — July 8, 2021
AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) — Jordanians are discussing the possibility of opening the Sunni Islam-majority country to Shiite pilgrims long discouraged from visiting the tombs of the relatives of the Prophet Muhammad.

Hindutva’s threat to academic freedom

By Ananya Chakravarti, Purnima Dhavan, Manan Ahmed, Supriya Gandhi, Dheepa Sundaram, Audrey Truschke, Simran Jeet Singh — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — The Hindu right has attacked U.S.-based scholars for the past few decades, attempting to dissuade and discredit academic research.

Former Canadian spy claims her Muslim faith led to suspicions from her own side

By Joseph Hammond — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It’s the reason why individuals in the Muslim community don’t feel they can trust the organization to tackle far-right threats,’ said Huda Mukbil in a recent interview with CBC.

Let’s celebrate this Fourth of July without the myth of white Christian innocence

By Robert P. Jones — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — Which will we honor — the Doctrine of Discovery or the Declaration of Independence?

How a little-known federal land use law could help combat antisemitism in America

By Noel Sterett — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — Zoning is no bygone relic but, rather, is a tool of municipalities to discriminate against religious groups.

As Catholics mull Communion for politicians, Jews should look again at abortion issue

By Avi Shafran — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Judaism, as it happens, is overwhelmingly about responsibilities, not ‘rights.’

How Philadelphia’s reform DA is teaming with clergy to tackle rising gun violence

By Elizabeth E. Evans — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Clergy and activists are looking to address the long-term problems that they believe drive the crisis, and they are urging faith leaders to mobilize their flocks in addressing them.
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