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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2020, file photo, police officers stand guard next to the Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris, following an attack at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. Scrubbing France clean of radicals and their breeding grounds is a priority cause of President Emmanuel Macron in a nation bloodied by terror attacks, including the beheading of a teacher outside his school in a Paris suburb followed by a deadly attack inside the basilica in Nice. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

France fights hold of Islamist radicals with dragnets, laws

By Elaine Ganley — February 15, 2021

(RNS) — The proposed legislation is intended to re-anchor secularism in a France where Muslims are increasingly visible and Islam is gaining a stronger voice.

Melissa Rogers speaks at Georgetown University in Washington on Jan. 23, 2020. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Biden signs executive order reestablishing White House faith office

By Jack Jenkins, Adelle M. Banks — February 14, 2021

(RNS) — The order reappoints Melissa Rogers, who headed the office under President Barack Obama.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett listens during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Amy Coney Barrett joins liberal justices to stay execution, grant inmate’s pastor access

By Jack Jenkins — February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The result hinted at Barrett’s broader approach to religious liberty.

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Getting serious (and precise) about Christian nationalism

By Robert K. Vischer — February 12, 2021

(RNS) — We’ve seen what Christian nationalism is. What it’s not is perhaps more important.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., center, and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, second from right, march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, March 21, 1965. Courtesy of Susannah Heschel

How Heschel and King bonded over the Hebrew prophets

By A. James Rudin — February 11, 2021

(RNS) — Black History Month is a fitting moment to recall a brief, remarkable friendship that permanently transformed America.

“Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” painting by Winston Churchill. Painted in January 1943. Image via Christie’s

Rare Winston Churchill paintings of historic mosque, cathedral up for auction

By Joseph Hammond — February 11, 2021

(RNS) — Paintings by the former British prime minister of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech will be put on sale at Christie’s.

A Jeep commercial that aired during the Super Bowl highlighted a chapel in Lebanon, Kansas. Video screengrab

Christian nationalism cannot unite us

By Amanda Tyler — February 11, 2021

(RNS) — What Jeep’s Super Bowl ad misses is that both nostalgic Christian nationalism and violent Christian nationalism are harmful and divisive. 

A demonstrator holds a QAnon sign as he walks at a protest opposing Washington state’s stay-at-home order to slow the coronavirus outbreak April 19, 2020, in Olympia, Washington. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee had blasted President Donald Trump’s calls to “liberate” parts of the country from stay-at-home and other orders designed to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Inslee said Trump was fomenting a potentially deadly “insubordination” among his followers before the pandemic is contained. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Survey: More than a quarter of white evangelicals believe core QAnon conspiracy theory

By Jack Jenkins — February 11, 2021

(RNS) — There was also significant support among white evangelicals for the claim that members of antifa, or anti-fascist activists, were ‘mostly responsible’ for the attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to the survey conducted by the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

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An American Lent: It’s time for evangelicalism to embrace the act of confession

By Skye Jethani — February 10, 2021

(RNS) — Without disciplines like corporate confession and Lent, there is little within popular evangelicalism to restrain the triumphalism of white American culture from overshadowing the cross of Christ.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

This Lent, give up mixing faith with political terrorism

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite — February 9, 2021

(RNS) — We must be exceptionally clear that terrorism is an affront to Christian faith. That will be my Lenten practice.

Bruce Springsteen in a Jeep commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. Video screengrab

A religious analysis of that Super Bowl Jeep commercial

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 9, 2021

(RNS) — That Jeep commercial with the Boss? It was a sermon.

Lisa Brooks, a congregant of Faith Center Church in Bluefield, West Virginia, holds her grandson during the multicultural church’s first in-person service in two months on Jan. 24, 2021. After watching the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Brooks worries that if people in her town don’t come together to respect each other’s differing opinions, something similar could happen here. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Election turmoil splits West Virginia city’s evangelicals

By Luis Andres Henao, Jessie Wardarski — February 9, 2021

(RNS) — What is the role of evangelical Christianity in America’s divisive politics?

Thermonuclear weapon test

New START buys time on nukes. Now let’s start banning them altogether

By Diane Randall — February 8, 2021

(RNS) — Even with New START, we have a long road to achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

President-elect Joe Biden prays during an address from The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A Catholic scholar weighs Biden’s future with Vatican and US bishops

By Yonat Shimron — February 8, 2021

(RNS) — The Vatican may be breathing a sigh of relief on Joe Biden’s election. But the second Catholic president faces significant headwinds from American bishops, writes Massimo Faggioli in a new book.

Thousands of Syrian refugees walk in order to cross into Turkey on June 14, 2015, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, in southeastern Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Faith-based refugee resettlement groups describe what it will take to rebuild program after Trump cuts

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — February 5, 2021

(RNS) — Biden’s executive order may be raising the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. from 15,000 to 125,000, but the work needed to rebuild the gutted resettlement apparatus have many admitting it’s unlikely the United States will reach that target anytime soon.

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