Pope Francis says key to Christian faith is to ‘obey God before men’

By Claire Giangravé — August 28, 2019

ROME (RNS) — In his weekly audience, Pope Francis noted the upcoming anniversary of the start of the Second World War and called the faithful to pray for peace.

Our major parties offer no place for a rising moral middle

By Charles C. Camosy — August 27, 2019

(RNS) — Millions of American voters believe that we must uphold the dignity of every human from conception to natural death while ensuring access to food, shelter, education and health care.

Why Trump’s tweets on Omar and Tlaib go to the heart of American Jewish politics

By Noam Pianko — August 26, 2019

(The Conversation) — The president’s recent tweets have capitalized on a tension embedded within two paradigms of the place of Israel in American Jewish life.

Why Trump — and some of his followers — believe he is the Chosen One

By Anthea Butler — August 23, 2019

(RNS) — Trump’s two announcements this week reveal why some evangelicals see him as ‘God’s Chosen One’ — a King Cyrus-like figure, anointed by God to save America from cultural collapse.

Explainer: Trump and the politics of the Messiah

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 22, 2019

(RNS) — Recent praise of the president has some evangelical leaders reassuring followers that Trump had no delusions about the nature of his mission. But you could see how he might.

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

By David Crary — August 21, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Mat Staver, president of the legal advocacy organization Liberty Counsel, said Trump has fulfilled about 90% of the goals on a list that Staver and other conservative leaders compiled.

Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

By Jonathan Lemire — August 21, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump’s claim triggered an uproar from critics who said the president was trading in anti-Semitic stereotypes amid an ongoing feud with Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Confessions of a disloyal Jew

By Mark Silk — August 21, 2019

(RNS) — On Tuesday, President Trump said, ‘I think that any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.’ Of the two, I have to choose disloyalty — and I’m proud of it.

Red Summer, Trump Summer and the politics of hate

By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes — August 16, 2019

(RNS) — Calling Trump ‘un-American’ exhibits an ignorance of the violent forces — conquest, enslavement, annexation and immigration — that made America.

Israel will ban entry to outspoken US congresswomen, official says

By Ilan Ben Zion — August 15, 2019

JERUSALEM (AP) — The move comes shortly after President Trump tweeted that “it would show great weakness” if Israel allowed them in.

God, Netflix and the Family: A conversation with Jeff Sharlet and Jesse Moss

By bob smietana — August 14, 2019

(RNS) — Religion News Service interviews two men behind the new Netflix documentary series about a secretive Christian group whose members have shaped U.S. politics for more than 50 years.

Just like political parties, religious groups see their rivals as extremists

By Ryan Burge — August 9, 2019

(RNS) — White evangelicals and atheists sum up the political landscape the same way: “My party is moderate and sensible, while the other party is filled with extremists.”

Can faithful Catholics vote for President Trump?

By Paul O'Donnell — August 9, 2019

(RNS) — The nation’s Catholic bishops include racist behavior among the sins that ‘may legitimately disqualify a candidate from receiving support.’

Chaldean Christian deported by Trump administration dies in Iraq

By Jack Jenkins — August 8, 2019

(RNS) — A Chaldean Christian man from Michigan who was deported to Iraq has reportedly died because he was unable to obtain insulin to treat his diabetes.

Sanders, Castro to attend Muslim-led presidential forum in Texas

By Aysha Khan — August 6, 2019

(RNS) – The presidential forum, which will include moderated one-on-one sessions with the candidates, will take place Aug. 31 at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention in Houston.

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