RNS Morning Report: Amazon Fires; Nuclear Protestors’ Defense Denied; Rev. Lenny Duncan's New Book

Fire consumes an area in Altamira, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Brazil insisted on Tuesday that it would set conditions for accepting any aid from the world’s richest nations to help fight Amazon fires, saying France couldn’t protect the Notre Dame Cathedral from fire devastation and should focus on its own problems. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Need to know: Thursday, August 29, 2019

Ecology and Political Alignment

Amazon fires deepen a split between Brazil's evangelicals and fellow Christians

The apparently intentional escalation of fires in the Amazon rainforest has contributed to a growing political split between Catholics and some Protestant groups and President Jair Bolsonaro's evangelical supporters. More from Religion News Service

Religion Freedom Restoration Act Defense

Judge denies nuclear protesters' religious freedom defense

A U.S. district court judge found the activists were sincere in their religious faith but that the government had a compelling interest to charge them with three felonies and a misdemeanor. More from Religion News Service

Confronting the ELCA

Black minister to his mostly white ELCA denomination: ‘We need to rethink church’

The Rev. Lenny Duncan recently decided to challenge his denomination in a new book, titled 'Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.' More from Religion News Service

Bond Fees Paid

Muslims bailout fund raises nearly $150,000 to reunite migrant families

The Muslims for Migrants crowdfunding initiative has so far released nine detained parents and reunited them with their families. More from Religion News Service


King's dream and Emmett Till's death capture warring soul of our nation

August 28 is the anniversary of both Martin Luther King Jr.’s 'Dream' speech and the lynching of Emmett Till, eight years apart, writes Kelly Brown Douglas. More from Religion News Service

Secular Activists Alarmed

Court approves banning atheists from reciting opening prayers at state legislature

Atheists, humanists and other nontheists can be barred from giving opening invocations before the Pennsylvania House, an appeals court has decided. More from Huffpost




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