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RNS Morning Report: Pence’s Convention Speech; Hurricane Laura Relief; 350 Faith Leaders Back Biden

Vice President Mike Pence salutes as he speaks on the third day of the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Need to know: Friday, August 28, 2020

Citing Scripture, Pence switches out Jesus for the American flag in convention speech

‘Christians fix our eyes on Jesus, not the flag,’ tweeted InterVarsity staffer Greg Jao.

As Hurricane Laura hits, faith-based disaster relief groups ready to lend a hand  

Working closely with FEMA, faith-based groups are among the first responders when disasters strike.

More than 350 faith leaders to back Biden for president, including many first-time endorsers

‘I think progressive Christianity is a sleeping giant,’ said the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber.

Alumni from Point Loma Nazarene University denounce fellow grad Natalie Harp’s RNC speech

Alumni from the private Christian liberal arts college in San Diego rejected her comments in a letter that as of Thursday afternoon had accumulated nearly 300 signatures.

Amid pandemic, domestic and sexual abuse is skyrocketing. Activists worry that news is being buried.

Throughout Europe, countries recorded a worrying spike in domestic violence, just as ‘corona divorces’ grow in Japan and China after months of lockdown, with many women citing domestic violence as the main cause.

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s fall, Liberty University and the myth of the Moral Majority

The evangelical movement has abandoned its claims of piety and morality — instead, becoming a voting bloc intent on holding on to political power, writes Anthea Butler.



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Mike Pompeo accused of violating Hatch Act in Jerusalem RNC speech

The Hatch Act, which was passed in 1939, prohibits executive branch employees from ‘engag(ing) in political activity’ while on duty.

Kirk Franklin: On supporting COVID aid, fighting racial injustice, boycotting TBN

The gospel artist said he continues to be ‘very vocal about the lack of the church’s voice in social issues.’

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In the Fatiha, Jacob Blake’s father cried for justice and healing for his son

As he recited the Fatiha, a prayer that opens the Quran, Jacob Blake’s father cried for mercy, healing, justice and an end to violence — like countless Black parents before him, writes Omar Suleiman.