RNS Morning Report: Lama Surya Das on Misconduct Allegations; Dismukes Resigns; Pilgrims at Home

Lama Surya Das speaks in a February 2016 video from the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. Video screengrab

Need to know: Friday, July 31, 2020

Response to Allegations

Buddhist teacher Lama Surya Das admits sleeping with adult students in past, says it was wrong

Lama Surya Das said it was inappropriate for him to have sexual relationships with participants in his retreats. Five women have accused Das, the famed Buddhist leader, with past misconduct. More from Religion News Service

Still in Office

Alabama Southern Baptist pastor resigns after speaking at party for a KKK leader

Will Dismukes, who is also a Republican state representative, resigned from his church after offering an invocation at a birthday party honoring a Confederate general who was also the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. More from Religion News Service

Olympics for Ibadah

In its 10th year, the game ‘Pilgrims at Home’ takes on new meaning for Muslim women

From Houston to Nigeria, over 300 teams of Muslim women are participating in this year’s game, hoping to ‘find hajj at home.’ More from Religion News Service

'American Saint'

5 faith moments from Rep. John Lewis' funeral

The civil rights leader’s life was marked by his deep Christian witness, and so it was fitting that his funeral also was marked by powerful moments of faith. More from Religion News Service


Federal executions are one more example of Trump administration overreach

This month’s federal executions are the first in 17 years, but may only be the beginning. The next federal execution is scheduled for Aug. 28, and there are 59 more federal inmates facing the death penalty, writes Shane Claiborne. More from Religion News Service

Tracking the Right

Trump’s unholy alliances: An interview with Sarah Posner

In her new book, journalist Sarah Posner examines and explains the relationship among the president, his famously religious base, and the explicitly racist elements that have rallied to his political coalition. More from Religion & Politics