RNS Morning Report: National Day of Prayer; Evangelical Divide; Fast from China

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein speaks in front of President Trump during a National Day of Prayer event in the White House Rose Garden on May 2, 2019, in Washington. Goldstein, who leads the Chabad of Poway in San Diego, was injured when the synagogue was attacked by a gunman on April 27, 2019. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Friday, May 3, 2019

Celebrating Faith

Trump, rabbi of attacked synagogue observe National Day of Prayer at White House

Trump used the occasion to tick off new and old efforts he said he has pursued to enhance religious liberty for Americans. More from Religion News Service

'Christian against Christian'

‘Who’s doing Christianity right?’ At Taylor University, Pence invitation highlights evangelical divide.

Like so much of evangelicalism in the United States, Taylor University has in recent years found itself engaged in a battle for the soul of the movement. More from Religion News Service

Changing Consumers’ Minds

China is punishing Muslims for fasting. So US Muslims are fasting from China.

While leaders of Muslim-majority nations have largely been silent on the Uighur persecution, the Fast From China campaign has caught on with U.S. Muslims. More from Religion News Service

Late Assistance

AP Exclusive: Synagogue just got money to improve security

The $150,000 federal grant was approved in September but only got awarded in late March. More from Religion News Service


The man who painted Jesus

April 30 is the 127th birthday of an artist whose name you probably don’t know, but his work may be the most widely distributed of the 20th century, writes Matthew Robert Anderson. More from Religion News Service

'Conscience Protections'

Trump touts new faith-based protections for health-care workers at National Day of Prayer ceremony

During a speech Thursday before faith leaders, President Trump announced a new rule allowing health providers, insurers and employers to refuse to provide or pay for services such as abortion, sterilization or assisted suicide that they say violate their religious or moral beliefs. More from The Washington Post🔒