RNS Morning Report: ISPU's Islamophobia Index; Indian Bishop Charged; White Nationalism

Muslim and civil rights groups and their supporters gather at a rally against what they call a "Muslim ban" in Washington, on Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Need to know: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Assessing Attitudes

Anti-Muslim hate is driven by politics, not faith — and it’s preventable, study suggests

Americans who personally know a Muslim are more than twice as likely to have a favorable opinion toward Muslims than those who do not, a new report finds. More from Religion News Service

'Save Our Sisters'

In India, charges against a Catholic bishop a victory for abused nuns

Only after five of the victim's fellow nuns staged a 15-day protest outside Kerala’s high court building in Kochi last summer was the bishop, who denies the charges, arrested and eventually charged. More from Religion News Service


Why white nationalism tempts white Christians

Too often Christian individuals and institutions act as if general statements condemning bigotry and saccharine assertions of racial and ethnic equality are sufficient to combat white nationalism. They are not, writes Jemar Tisby. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

If leaked draft for Curia reform is for real, the Vatican is headed for disaster

The Catholic hierarchy needs to take a few pointers from how modern corporations manage their staffs and push their products, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

Will the BYU honor code protests make any difference?

Yes, the protests of Mormon students will make a difference--not just in BYU's policy, but in a more honest acknowledgment of how institutional change happens in the Church, writes Jana Riess. More from Religion News Service

Exemption Opposition

Measles outbreak: N.Y. is still allowing religious vaccine exemptions

A bill to end religious exemptions is stalled, in part because of concern about the reaction of politically influential religious constituents, including ultra-Orthodox Jewish groups. More from The New York Times