RNS Morning Report: New Miracle Hill Policies; Digital Satire Feud; Catholic Political Split

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, S.C., in 2017. Photo by Antony-22/Creative Commons

Need to know: Thursday, August 1, 2019

'180-Degree Turn'

SC Protestant-only ministry changes course, opens its doors to Catholics

Earlier this month, Miracle Hill Ministries announced it would allow Catholics to serve as parents to foster children in its government-funded foster care agency.  More from Religion News Service

Complicated Satire Landscape

Babylon Bee, Snopes feud over fact-checking satire

The popular fact-checking site Snopes and the Babylon Bee, a religious humor site, have feuded online over the difference between 'fake news' and satire. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

Will the Catholic Church self-destruct or bridge the partisan divide?

American Catholics are almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, which means the church can either self-destruct or bridge the partisan divide, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service


Have we no decency? A response to President Trump

When does silence become complicity? What will it take for us all to say, with one voice, that we have had enough? The question is less about the president's sense of decency, but of ours, write Mariann Edgar Budde, Randolph Marshall Hollerith and Kelly Brown Douglas. More from Religion News Service

Articles of Faith

Why do racists hate ethnic and religious clothing?

Seeing someone dressed in unfamiliar attire, like a Punjabi kurta pajama, may cause confusion or raise an eyebrow. It should not be a cause for hate, writes Simran Jeet Singh. More from Religion News Service

'Fatally Undermined'

Dutch 'burqa ban' rendered largely unworkable on first day

The Netherlands’ so-called burqa ban has been rendered largely unworkable on its first day in law after both the police and Dutch transport companies signaled an unwillingness to enforce it. More from The Guardian




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