RNS Morning Report: Poor People's Campaign Rally; Junipero Serra Statues: Tennessean Anti-Muslim Ad

The Rev. William Barber speaks at the “National Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering on June 20, 2020. Image via screengrab.

Need to know: Monday, June 22, 2020

Virtual Fusion Event

Poor People's Campaign stages massive online demonstration

Originally planned as an in-person event, the liberal faith-based movement's rally drew tens of thousands to watch online. More from Religion News Service

Disputed Legacy

Who is Junipero Serra and why are California protesters toppling statues of this saint?

In California, statues of Junipero Serra — who led the Catholic Church's missionary efforts among Native Americans on the West Coast — are coming into question. More from Religion News Service

Investigation Underway

Tennessean editor denounces ‘horrific’ Nashville Islam nuclear prophecy advertisement

A breakaway Seventh-day Adventist group ran a full-page newspaper ad prediction a nuclear attack on Nashville set for July 18. More from Religion News Service

Addressing Racism

‘VeggieTales’ creator Phil Vischer releases viral video on race in America

‘VeggieTales’ creator Phil Vischer’s viral video ‘Race in America’ has over 2.8 million views and helps answer the question: ‘Why are people so angry?’ More from Religion News Service


Why we can't go back to America before George Floyd died

White people now see they must stop and learn the meaning and consequences of 401 years of racism and slavery, writes Jim Wallis. More from Religion News Service

Investigating Compromise

We can find common ground on gay rights and religious liberty

It does not have to be all or nothing, write Jonathan Rauch and Peter Wehner. More from The New York Times