RNS Morning Report: Reactions to Mass Shootings; Opposing Trump Refugee Cuts; Conversion Therapy

Melody Stout, from left, Hannah Payan, Aaliyah Alba, Sherie Gramlich and Laura Barrios comfort each other during a vigil for victims of the shooting on Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. A young gunman opened fire in an El Paso, Texas, shopping area during the busy back-to-school season, leaving multiple people dead and more than two dozen injured. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Need to know: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Focusing on Solutions

Religious leaders react to mass shootings, call for action from Trump, Congress

'We ask God in heaven to ease the anguish of those who suffer and we vow to act with urgent resolve,' President Trump said in remarks at the White House. More from Religion News Service

Threatening Legacy of Protection

Senators oppose Trump refugee cuts on religious freedom grounds

The bipartisan group sent a letter to President Trump arguing that reducing the refugee cap to zero would call into question a promise to assist persecuted religious minorities abroad. More from Religion News Service

Executive Order

North Carolina becomes first Southern state to ban state funding for conversion therapy

No Southern state has enacted laws banning the ex-gay therapies, but North Carolina's executive order bans government support for the practice, mostly used by evangelical ministries dedicated to changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. More from Religion News Service


El Paso and Dayton mass shootings: Christians must act as well as pray

We shouldn't dismiss 'thoughts and prayers' as a response to disasters, as prayer is an important pathway to God. But if no further action is taken, it becomes an empty cliché, writes Jamie D. Aten. More from Religion News Service


Why we must deflect and debunk hate speech

This weekend's deadly shootings came on the heels of President Trump’s denigration of the city of Baltimore. The two stories have more in common than you might think, writes Georgette Bennett. More from Religion News Service

Triple Talaq

What the criminalization of instant divorce means for India’s Muslims

The change has long been sought by women’s groups, but some activists say the move is government interference in Muslim personal law. More from The Atlantic




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