RNS Morning Report: Slavery and Religion; Leaders of Religious Right; AG Barr and Death Penalty

Interpreter Valarie Holmes portrays Angela, one of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in Virginia, at Historic Jamestowne on March 30, 2019. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Friday, August 2, 2019

Questions of Faith

Angela, a First African, tells her story in Jamestown, but her faith is a mystery

An interpreter attempts to fill in the gaps even as she and scholars of the 400-year history of enslaved Africans say they believe this particular woman was nevertheless a believer of some sort. More from Religion News Service

Underground Railroad "Grand Depot"

From New York to Alabama, blacks worshipped in own spaces before slavery’s end

As the nation marks the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans in Virginia, a Harlem church joins others that have represented the enduring faith of slaves, free blacks and their descendants. More from Religion News Service

Legacy of Slavery in America

Montgomery, Ala., churches part of city’s 200-year history of slavery, civil rights

'It is the cradle of the Confederacy and the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement,' said a local church historian. More from Religion News Service

Moral Objection to Rhetoric

Leaders of religious right balk at labeling Trump a racist

While some faith leaders have rebuked President Donald Trumps for a series of tweets they find offensive, his religious right supports claim the president's remarks are not racist and show his tough leadership style. More from Religion News Service

Spiritual Politics

The scandal of Barr's reinstating the death penalty

Church leaders should be calling him out, writes Mark Silk. More from Religion News Service

Campaign Stops

More presidential candidates are visiting mosques than ever before

Prior to the 2020 election, presidential candidates rarely — if ever — visited a mosque on the campaign trail. But that’s changing. More from Huffpost




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