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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., gestures during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on June 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Need to know: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Civil Rights Record

Sikh activists ask Kamala Harris for apology over beard ban for California prison guar …

In 2011, as California’s attorney general, Harris fought to defend a policy that prevented state prison guards from keeping beards for religious reasons. Now, Sikh activists want an explanation. More from Religion News Service

Internal Dissent

Evangelical group hoped to shut down debate on gays. That may not be possible.

First Covenant Church Minneapolis is not alone in extending full rights to LGBTQ members. Less than 10 miles away in neighboring St. Paul, another Covenant church takes a similar stand. More from Religion News Service

Environmental Justice

UCC General Synod endorses Green New Deal

By the denomination’s reckoning, that makes it the first Christian body to endorse the environmental protection legislation sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. More from Religion News Service

Faith in Diaspora

Virtual rituals give expat Greeks a chance to live out their faith from abroad

A new startup, Do My Tama, is helping ex-pats stay connected to their faith by offering to perform religious devotions, virtual pilgrimages and other religious services. More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

Why can’t ex-Mormons just leave the LDS Church alone?

I was prepared for pushback from very orthodox Mormons who might be unwilling to admit there are serious retention problems in the U.S. LDS Church, but surprisingly, former Church members have been more resistant to the NMS survey findings, writes Jana Riess. More from Religion News Service

Concern about Earlier Statement

Historians ask Holocaust Museum to stop condemning migrant crisis comparisons

Nearly 150 scholars asked the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to stop rejecting analogies to the Holocaust when discussing border detention centers. More from Huffpost




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