RNS Morning Report: Resistance to Reopening; Nicaragua COVID-19 Response Criticized; Jimmie Gardner

The Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, speaks on the National Mall, June 23, 2018. Fellow co-chair the Rev. Liz Theoharis stands on the right. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Thursday, May 14, 2020

'Prioritizing the Profit of the Few'

Rev. Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign calls for resistance to reopening plans

It is urging Congress, the president and state governors to follow the recommendations of public health experts and not risk a resurgence of the virus, which is disproportionately affecting poor, uninsured, low-wage workers. More from Religion News Service

Contagion Condemnation

Government of Nicaragua ‘irresponsible’ in handling the pandemic, bishop says

According to Bishop Silvio José Báez, the president of Nicaragua downplayed the risks tied to the COVID-19 disease and encouraged citizens to take part in public gatherings such as parades, marathons and festivals. More from Religion News Service

Recalling Isolation

Wrongfully imprisoned for decades, Jimmie Gardner is driven by faith and justice

Former pro athlete Jimmie C. Gardner spent 27 years behind bars in West Virginia’s prison system. And all the while, he says, it was his trust in God that kept him pushing to prove his innocence — and now that he's out, to fight for others like him. More from Religion News Service

Opinion

Survey shows faith can prosper in online services

A recent Pew survey also allayed fears that there are large demographic disparities when it comes to accessing streaming services, writes Ryan Burge. More from Religion News Service

Articles of Faith

The false choice presented to Sikh doctors serving COVID patients

The news that two Sikh brothers shaved their beards to serve patients is not the feel-good story that some suggest, writes Simran Jeet SIngh. More from Religion News Service

'United We Stand, Six Feet Apart'

Kentucky Gov. Beshear inspires revival of civil religion

Each day, Beshear asks Kentuckians to recite, out loud, his mantra that has come to be like a prayer: “We will get through this, and we will get through this together.” In the face of a global crisis, Beshear’s unwavering faith in our state is a display of civil religion, of which he is asking Kentuckians to become faithful followers. More from Religion & Politics