RNS Morning Report: Comedian on Faith; A.I. Ethics; Interfaith Food Vendor

Andrew Aghapour performs his stand-up show “Zara” at the University of North Carolina on April 2, 2019, in Chapel Hill. Photo by Ashley Melzer Reitz, courtesy of Andrew Aghapour

Need to know: Friday, May 17, 2019

Wrestling with Identity

A stand-up comedian tackles his Muslim upbringing and the world of uncertainty

Andrew Aghapour follows in the footsteps of comedians who grew up Muslim, such as Aziz Ansari, Kumail Nanjiani and Hasan Minhaj. But his one-man show gives religion the starring role. More from Religion News Service

Evolving Debate

Vatican, Catholic colleges weigh-in on emerging AI ethics debate

'The technologies are advancing but they are not neutral,' said a representative for the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life. More from Religion News Service

Kosher and Halal

Entrepreneur markets interfaith meats to combat surge in religious hate crimes

An Iranian-American interfaith activist and businessman is looking to unite the Muslim and Jewish communities by producing meats that satisfy both faiths' dietary laws. More from Religion News Service

Contrasting Cultures

A profitable 'mismatch' pairs strict Islamic islanders and partying Western tourists

On Gili Trawangan in Indonesia's Nusa Tenggara Barat Province, year-rounders accommodate the several thousand tourists that flood the island every day out of necessity, while sticking to their religious lifestyle. More from Religion News Service


What Mike Pence got wrong at Liberty University

There are people across the world and in the United States who face genuine discrimination for their faith. Pence trivialized their plight by suggesting that he is somehow a victim, writes Chuck Currie. More from Religion News Service

Public Outcry

Televangelist Pat Robertson: Alabama’s abortion ban is ‘extreme’ and has ‘gone too far’

Alabama’s law, which has been passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, includes a penalty of up to 99 years in prison for doctors who perform abortions and has no exceptions for rape or incest, Robertson noted on his show. More from The Washington Post🔒