RNS Morning Report: BLM Protester Found Dead; Black Clergy at Rallies; LGBTQ Employment Ruling

Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, speaks in front of the Tallahassee Police Department during a protest held Saturday, May 30, 2020. Salau went missing on June 6 and was found dead Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Tesia Lisbon/Special to the Democrat via USA Today)

Need to know: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Suspect Charged

Protester, Oluwatoyin Salau, found dead after tweeting assaulter was 'disguised as a man of God'

Black Lives Matter protester Oluwatoyin Salau has been found dead days after she reported being sexually assaulted by a man who offered to give her a ride to a church. More from Religion News Service

Appeals for Action

Black clergy testify to outrage and hope in demonstrations across Washington

Citing recent killings by police as well as the ravages of the pandemic, leaders of several faiths called on the government to take responsibility. More from Religion News Service

Implications for Religious Organizations

Supreme Court rules that federal law protects LGBTQ persons from employment discrimination

The Court ruled that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, making employment discrimination against LGBTQ persons illegal in all 50 states for the first time. More from Religion News Service

Spirit-Driven Activism

Black Lives Matter is ‘a spiritual movement,’ says co-founder Patrisse Cullors

Lifting up the names of victims ‘is literally almost resurrecting a spirit so they can work through us,’ Cullors said. More from Religion News Service


How white spirituality, religious or not, allows racism to grow

Christians and New Agers alike tend not to concern ourselves with human bodies, and too often talk of actual justice is hushed for the sake of unity or good vibrations, writes Kerry Connelly. More from Religion News Service

Relics Review

For sale: The hair of the Virgin Mary

What does a supposedly secular world want with the creepy (and probably fake) remains of medieval saints? asks Mattia Ferraresi. More from The New York Times