RNS Morning Report: LA Catholic Schools to Open; Onwuchekwa Leaves SBC; Bellevue Baptist Lawsuit

In this July 18, 2012, file photo, a student staples colored paper to the wall of a classroom after summer school at Our Lady of Lourdes in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

Need to know: Thursday, July 16, 2020

Doors Opening

In Los Angeles, Catholic schools plan to resume in-person classes, while public schools go online

‘We cannot eliminate the risk of COVID-19 in our communities, but we can reduce it by being flexible, consistent and vigilant,’ said Paul M. Escala, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. More from Religion News Service

Final Straw

Why John Onwuchekwa, a Black pastor and rising star, gave up on Southern Baptists

John Onwuchekwa, a Southern Baptist Church planter, said SBC leaders’ ties to President Donald Trump and the denomination’s inability to deal with issues of race and justice meant he could not in good faith remain part of the SBC. More from Religion News Service

'Red Flags Ignored'

Suit alleges Southern Baptist church’s negligence led to abuse of teen

Parents allege the church’s ‘malicious, reckless, and willful and wanton’ conduct led to the abuse of their daughter by a man now in prison for sexual battery. More from Religion News Service

90-10 Fraud Scheme

Rabbi hurt in California synagogue shooting admits fraud

Goldstein, who lost a finger in the shooting at Chabad of Poway, admitted to collecting fake donations to the synagogue. More from Religion News Service


Will the death of George Floyd sway white evangelicals on race?

The future of racial justice could depend on white evangelicals recognizing the extent to which structural racism continues to afflict our country, writes Robert K. Vischer. More from Religion News Service


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls celebrities’ anti-Semitism ‘So disheartening’

“If we’re going to be outraged by injustice, let’s be outraged by injustice against anyone,” the six-time NBA champion wrote. More from Huffpost