RNS Morning Report: Rabbi's Letters to AG Barr; Kashmiri Americans Organize; UMC Conference Planning

Rabbi Jonathan Perlman speaks at a community gathering in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, on Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Need to know: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

'Think of the Victims First'

A rabbi pleads with AG William Barr: Don't bring the death penalty to Pittsburgh

To Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, a lengthy trial in which the prosecution would highlight Robert Bowers’ documented stream of anti-Jewish invective might be too much for his congregation to bear. More from Religion News Service

Solidarity Movement

Kashmiri Americans organize to put a human face to the crisis in their homeland

As Kashmir faces a security lockdown and widespread media blackout, U.S. Kashmiris are kicking up a new wave of activism focused on 'azaadi.' More from Religion News Service

Venue Canceled

United Methodist Church scraps plans to host General Conference in the Philippines

Plans for a meeting in the Philippines are off because space was not available for the full two weeks needed to host the gathering of United Methodists from around the world. More from Religion News Service

Articles of Faith

Gurinder Chadha: 'I started my career as a way of combating racism'

British director Gurinder Chadha's latest film, 'Blinded by the Light,' depicts a lost teenager in Margaret Thatcher's Britain finding salvation through perhaps the unlikeliest of saviors — Bruce Springsteen, writes Simran Jeet Singh. More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

Memo to young Mormons: Vaping is not OK, says LDS Church

Vaping is "clearly against the Word of Wisdom," says the LDS Church, in a clarification I am truly glad to see. But . . . et tu, green tea? Jana Riess writes. More from Religion News Service

'Build a Safer and More Inclusive Indiana'

Faith leaders urge governor to support gun-control legislation

Faith leaders and gun-control activists are calling for Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to stand up against white supremacy and gun violence, including supporting a ban on assault weapons. More from Washington Times Herald



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