RNS Morning Report: Muslim Hackathon; Mobilizing Poor Voters; Religious Liberty Defense Accepted

Participants at the Islamic Education in the 21st Century hackathon work on developing the Khaldun app in London on Jan. 26, 2020. RNS photo by Aysha Khan

Need to know: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Technology for Community

At Muslim hackathon, techies build community and tools to access Islamic learning

Led by local groups Muslamic Makers and Deen Developers, around 50 young British Muslims joined a two-day hackathon in the city to help build the future of Islamic education. More from Religion News Service

'Emergency Convening'

Activist William Barber II urges blacks in Congress to mobilize poor voters

'If you organize 2 to 10 percent of the poor around an agenda, you can fundamentally shift every election,' Barber predicted. More from Religion News Service

Sincerely Held Beliefs

Federal judge accepts religious liberty defense of immigrant rights activists

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Márquez argued that not only are the activists' beliefs sincerely held, but also that prosecuting them amounts to a substantial burden on their faith. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

McCarrick report: Questions needing answers

Thomas Reese writes, the McCarrick report needs to respond to simple questions that may require complex answers: Who knew what, when and where about McCarrick’s activities? More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

Donald Trump's Mormon problem continues, new study shows

A new study shows that Trump is having a hard time generating enthusiasm among Mormon voters, especially women and young adults, even though Mormons remain supporters of the GOP, writes Jana Riess. More from Religion News Service

'Weighty Gesture'

Catholic priest pledges to deny communion, church roles to pro-choice lawmakers

The Rev. Richard Bucci declares that Rhode Island lawmakers who backed an abortion rights bill can’t serve as godparents. More from Huffpost