Social Issues

Dorothy Day’s granddaughter sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in

By Yonat Shimron — November 13, 2020

(RNS) — Martha Hennessy received the lightest sentence of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 — the group of Catholic pacifists who broke into the Navy base 40 miles south of Brunswick, Georgia, on April 4, 2018.

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Poll: Muslim American support for Trump rises, but most plan to vote for Biden

By Yonat Shimron — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — Muslims appeared to be the religious group least likely to support Trump in 2020, according to a new poll that also shows voter registration among Muslims lagging other religious groups.

General Conference would be a good time for the LDS church to apologize to the Black community

By Kristin Lowe — September 28, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Racist statements and policies were once made by prophets and apostles, and we specifically need prophets and apostles to overturn them now,’ says guest columnist Kristin Lowe.

Report: People who are highly spiritual tend to be more civic-minded

By Yonat Shimron — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — The Fetzer Institute-sponsored study also found that the more spiritual people said they were, the more inclined they appeared to be to volunteer and donate. But only 36% said their spirituality influences their political actions.

In Portland, this rabbi leads the clergy resistance

By Yonat Shimron — July 23, 2020

(RNS) — The Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, lead by Rabbi Ariel Stone, has been downtown since the protests began 55 days ago, supporting the people on the street and providing a daily witness.

Brene Brown, Zondervan pull support for enneagram expert, Chris Heuertz, after sexual harassment accusations

By Yonat Shimron — June 16, 2020

(RNS) — The decision by Zondervan follows a public post by 33 women who wrote that the Christian Enneagram expert ‘has harmed many people and we cannot remain silent anymore.’

Judge sentences 80-year-old Catholic activist for breaking into nuclear submarine base

By Yonat Shimron — June 8, 2020

(RNS) — Elizabeth McAlister, a former nun, was sentenced to time already served after she and six other Catholic activists broke into a Navy submarine base in 2018 as part of a symbolic nuclear disarmament action.

Rev. Barber: ‘Systemic racism is choking the life out of American democracy’

By Yonat Shimron — May 31, 2020

(RNS) — In a Pentecost Sunday address, he referred to the protests wracking the country as ‘the inevitable reflex of a people who cannot breathe because their life is being systematically snuffed out.’

Rev. Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign calls for resistance to reopening plans

By Yonat Shimron — May 13, 2020

(RNS) — It is urging Congress, the president and state governors to follow the recommendations of public health experts and not risk a resurgence of the virus, which is disproportionately affecting poor, uninsured, low-wage workers.

Poll: The ‘Trump bump’ is over, especially among white Christians

By Yonat Shimron — May 1, 2020

(RNS) — Among white evangelicals, Trump’s favorability ratings fell to 66% from a high of 77% in March when the coronavirus first began spreading across the country.

Survey: Half of American Jews have experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism

By Yonat Shimron — April 21, 2020

(RNS) — The survey, conducted in January before the coronavirus outbreak, found that nearly two-thirds of Jews (63%) reported that they feel less safe than they did a decade ago.

David J. Halperin on why UFOs tell us more about life on Earth than outer space

By Yonat Shimron — April 17, 2020

(RNS) — In his new book “Intimate Alien,” he explores UFOs as myths, but not in the sense that they are false or fake news. On the contrary, Halperin thinks they may contain deep and profound truths.

Opposition to Samaritan’s Purse Central Park field hospital grows

By Yonat Shimron — April 14, 2020

(RNS) — LGBTQ activists stood several yards away from Samaritan Purse’s field hospital on the East Meadow lawn on Tuesday (April 14) and blasted city and state officials and Mount Sinai Hospital for partnering with the evangelical humanitarian relief organization.

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