RNS Morning Report: Rallying to Ban Solitary Confinement; Roots of the Blues; Resurrection Stunt

People experience a sample of life in solitary confinement with the help of virtual reality glasses and headphones presented by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture during the Ecumenical Advocacy Days on April 22, 2018, in Washington. Photo courtesy of NRCAT

Need to know: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Powerful and Painful

A virtual reality tour of solitary confinement helps religious groups rally for a ban

Solitary confinement is a growing concern for religious groups across the country that have come to adopt the now common nomenclature for the practice: torture. More from Religion News Service

Expressing Omitted Histories

New play ‘American Griot’ explores blues music’s Muslim and African roots

A musical explores the shared history of Islam, Africa and blues music through the eyes of an enslaved storyteller-musician. More from Religion News Service

Wave of Condemnation

South African pastor’s resurrection stunt draws mockery and memes

A viral video of a man purportedly being raised from the dead has punctured the credibility of Africa's increasingly influential Pentecostal churches. More from Religion News Service

Reform Plans

New Pakistani leader’s education aims may include reining in religious schools

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's plans to introduce a nationwide curriculum for all his country's schools, including its 38,000 madrassas, is viewed skeptically by religious leaders. More from Religion News Service


Pancakes, Fat Tuesday and cheering for the losing team

In a world which prizes self-affirmation, confidence, and pride, Ash Wednesday comes as a slap in the face, a bracing cold shower of reality. Inescapably, we are told of our lingering weaknesses, faults, and helplessness, writes Kate Bowler. More from Religion News Service

Unconstitutionally Cruel Treatment

Judge: Muslim man’s lawsuit over torture at Ambassador Bridge border crossing can go on

A Muslim man can proceed with his lawsuit alleging he was subjected to low-grade torture when U.S. Customs agents detained him at the border, a judge has ruled. More from Detroit Free Press



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