RNS Morning Report: Faith Leaders Decry Death Penalty; Muslim Women Sci-Fi Authors; CA Governor Sued

Protesters against the death penalty gather in Terre Haute, Indiana, on July 15, 2020. Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of a gruesome 1998 kidnapping and killing, was executed Thursday morning at the federal prison in Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Need to know: Friday, July 17, 2020

Moratorium Ends

Faith leaders blast Trump administration’s renewed use of death penalty

The outcry comes as the U.S. Department of Justice carried out its second execution this week on Thursday morning (July 16) and is scheduled to perform its third on Friday. These constitute the first uses of capital punishment by the federal government since 2003. More from Religion News Service

'Here We Are'

Through sci-fi and fantasy, Muslim women authors are building new worlds

In the past few years, Muslim women have quietly taken the speculative fiction publishing industry by storm. More from Religion News Service

Double Standard Accusation

Three California churches sue Gov. Newsom for ban on singing in places of worship

‘Banning singing in California churches is an unconstitutional abuse of power,’ said a lawyer representing three churches. More from Religion News Service

Privileged Religion

Khyati Y. Joshi argues equal religious freedom in America is an optical illusion

In her new book, she argues Christianity, especially of the white Protestant variety, undergirds the nation’s institutions and practices and establishes a normative baseline from which all other faiths are seen as abnormal. More from Religion News Service

Opinion

From King to Gandhi, racial justice brings faiths together

Racial equity is a movement where people from different faiths meet, are inspired by one another and advance a cause that we view as a sacred command, writes Eboo Patel. More from Religion News Service

Instructions Manual

New Vatican guidance urges clergy to report cases of sexual abuse

The Vatican on Wednesday published a handbook for clergy and church lawyers that lays out the steps to follow when investigating and reporting alleged cases of sexual abuse of minors and others by priests, deacons and prelates. More from NPR