RNS Morning Report: Little Richard & Religion; Imam Released from Prison; Bishop Funds Research

In this Aug. 19, 2004, file photo, Little Richard performs at Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, N.Y. Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock-n-roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, died Saturday, May 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

Need to know: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

'Holy Restraint and Secular Indulgence'

Little Richard: Six examples of how religion played a role in his life

‘I consider my music sacred,’ the performer of songs like ‘Tutti Frutti’ and ‘Long Tall Sally’ once told an interviewer. More from Religion News Service

Return to Ministry

Released from prison due to outbreak, fringe Muslim leader continues ministry

Imam Earl Abdulmalik Mohammed, who claims to be the rightful successor to Imam W. Deen Mohammed, has been released early from federal prison due to the coronavirus. More from Religion News Service

Search for a Cure

Canadian Catholic bishop funds research for a safe and efficient coronavirus vaccine

‘May the search for COVID-19 solutions also be a moment of solidarity, of collaboration, and of growing together,’ said Archbishop J. Michael Miller of the archdiocese of Vancouver, Canada. More from Religion News Service

Mail-In Ballot Push

Christian leaders seek $4B for secure voting during pandemic

A multi-denominational coalition is calling on Congress to allocate upwards of $4 billion to help Americans safely cast their votes in November. More from Religion News Service

Opinion

Before we get ‘back to normal,’ we need to grieve and pray

We can learn from the prophet Nehemiah, who cried and mourned openly for the losses of conquered Jerusalem, writes Scott Jones. More from Religion News Service

Exception to the Rule

Sikh doctors shave beards to fight COVID: “This was an exception to the rule”

One of the principles of the Sikh religion (kesh) mandates that believers eschew hair removal of all kinds, right down to the question of eyebrow trimming. The idea is that it represents respect for the natural perfection of the body as God created it. More from Patheos