RNS Morning Report: Ricketts’ Emails; Canadian Evangelical Schools; West Bank Artifacts

Online brokerage TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts in a file photo from 2012. The patriarch of the family behind the Chicago Cubs has apologized after an online media outlet published emails in which he took part in racist comments and conspiracy theories. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Need to know: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Islamophobic Exchanges

‘We’re not the enemy’: Muslim fans respond to Chicago Cubs patriarch’s emails

Muslim fans say they’re disappointed after leaked emails from Joe Ricketts, the billionaire patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, revealed him sharing racist, anti-Muslim jokes and conspiracy theories. More from Religion News Service

Approval Ratings

Canadian evangelical school adapts LGBTQ rules, says donations, enrollment are up

A Canadian evangelical college made its lifestyle covenant for students — which bars same-sex relationships — voluntary after a high court ruled the school's policies were discriminatory. More from Religion News Service

Antiquity Ownership

Search for undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls reveals dispute over West Bank artifacts

An architectural dig looking for Dead Sea Scrolls in the Qumran region has sparked a debate over ownership of artifacts from Israel's past. More from Religion News Service

Envoy Appointment

Trump administration moves to fill long-vacant post of anti-Semitism envoy

Elan Carr, 50, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and was national president of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, will be nominated by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. More from Religion News Service


Most evangelical college students appreciate LGBT people even if trustees don’t

Clashes between trustees and students at evangelical institutions over the last few years are explained by a longitudinal survey of young Christians' attitudes toward marginalized groups, write Kevin Singer, Alyssa Rockenbach, Laura Dahl and Matthew J. Mayhew. More from Religion News Service

Historic Worship

‘I am blessed’: UAE’s expatriate workers marvel at mass with the pope

The 90-minute open-air mass was considered by some to be the largest show of public Christian worship ever seen on the Arabian peninsula. More from The Guardian



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