RNS Morning Report: Food Security During Ramadan; Missouri Mosque Fire; Small Church Relief Fund

Muslims Giving Back distributes Ramadan food boxes to refugee families in New Jersey. Photo courtesy of MCC

Need to know: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Muslims Giving Back

New York City Muslims work to build food security during Ramadan

One project in Brooklyn will distribute free gift cards for Muslim-owned businesses among working-class immigrant families in the area. More from Religion News Service

History of Vandalism

Suspect charged in fire that destroyed Missouri mosque

Police arrested a suspect in a Missouri mosque fire. Mosque leaders say the building has been declared a total loss and would require about $1 million in repairs. More from Religion News Service

Churches Helping Churches Initiative

More than $400,000 so far raised for small churches at risk during COVID-19

Through the relief fund, 109 churches have been earmarked for funding. More than 1,010 applications for funding have been submitted. More from Religion News Service

Report Recommendations

List India as top religious freedom violator, says watchdog group

India currently is not on the State Department’s list of ‘countries of particular concern.’ More from Religion News Service

Opinion

Cedarville’s plan to save Anthony Moore abandoned its students — and Moore

Welcoming an admitted sexual offender into the sort of environment that facilitated his previous crime did not show love for him or the student body, writes Russell L. Meek. More from Religion News Service

History of History

Who defines Evangelicalism? An interview with Mark Noll

Now more than three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, amid the coronavirus pandemic and his run for reelection, the debate over his white evangelical base continues to rage. More from Religion & Politics