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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Islamic Society of North America’s presidential forum in Houston on Sept. 1, 2019. Photo by Melanie Meleekah Villegas and Roderick C. Felder

Need to know: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Forging Progressive Coalitions

At first Muslim presidential forum, Sanders reaps adoration of ISNA attendees

At the Islamic Society of North America's first-ever presidential forum, both Sanders and Julián Castro underscored the need to build solidarity between communities to turn the tide against President Trump in 2020.  More from Religion News Service

Deconstructing Faith Online

Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’

Living one's spiritual life online leaves these leaders more vulnerable to the huge cost of leaving one's faith. More from Religion News Service

Activists Push Back

Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws

Across the country, the question of engagement in federal Countering Violent Extremism programs—including, in Massachusetts, a half-million dollar police mentorship program targeting Boston’s Somali Muslim youth—continues to divide Muslim communities. More from Religion News Service

Spiritual Politics

Pope Francis pushes a new theology of climate change

It is not the same as his predecessors', writes Mark Silk. More from Religion News Service

Opinion

Why Jimmy Al-Daoud’s deportation and death hurts all Americans

Chaldeans, like other people of minority faiths, need protection and revival, not condemnation and expulsion, writes Weam Namou. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

Pope Francis firms up his legacy with appointment of new cardinals

After Oct. 15, 53% of the cardinal electors will have been appointed by Francis, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service

Concern about State Protections

Religious discrimination bill: Coalition accused of creating a ‘Trojan horse for …

LBTQI advocates have condemned the Australian government’s proposed religious discrimination bill, saying the “radical” new laws would give people of religion superior rights that would allow them to discriminate. More from The Guardian

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