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RNS Morning Report: Steven Furtick on TBN; Evangelical Pandemic Statement; Alleged ICE Abuse

Pastor Steven Furtick delivers a sermon titled “I’m Not What I Thought” on Aug. 16, 2020, at Elevation Church in North Carolina. Video screengrab

Need to know: Thursday, August 20, 2020

A preacher with sneakers coming soon to TBN: Steven Furtick to replace Kenneth Copeland, says network

Trinity Broadcasting Network announced Wednesday (Aug. 19) it will no longer air the daily Texas-based Kenneth Copeland Ministries program known as ‘Believer’s Voice of Victory.’

2,500 evangelicals sign pandemic statement warning: Don’t ignore science

The statement, drafted by BioLogos, sends a pointed message: ‘ … when Dr. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, tells us what scientists have learned about this infectious disease, he should be listened to.’

Muslim ICE detainees in Miami forced to choose between pork or rotten halal food, lawyers say

The ICE chaplain reportedly dismissed Muslim detainees' repeated complaints by saying, ‘It is what it is,’ the legal advocates allege. 

Bipartisan network of Christian groups launches police reform initiative

The initiative brings together Black, Hispanic and Asian organizations along with groups focused on prisoners, prayer and public justice.

Her American father was shot in a blasphemy trial in Pakistan. Now she’s fighting for justice.

Tahir Ahmad Naseem’s daughter is fighting for the U.S. government to deliver justice for her father — an American citizen who was killed while being tried on blasphemy charges in Pakistan.

America’s house will crumble if we don’t repair our racist divide

Why do Black Lives Matter? Because for all of American history, as an important new book catalogs, they simply didn't, writes Jeffrey Salkin.

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Medical examiner confirms cause of death for pastor’s missing wife, Marilane Carter

The vehicle of a Kansas pastor’s wife who has been missing for more than two weeks was found Tuesday (Aug. 18) in Arkansas with a woman’s body inside.

Bishop Mariann Budde appeals to ‘better angels’ in Democratic convention prayer

The Episcopal bishop of Washington, D.C. said her appearance is not partisan, and said she declined a request to film her Democratic convention prayer in front of St. John’s, where Trump held up a Bible.

Beyond belief: Religion as a motivating force for 5 women suffragists

Some of the suffragists were freethinkers who did not attend church and saw Christianity as hostile to women’s rights. But as the group grew and coalesced, it also included women of many faiths.

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Trump’s campaign aims at consolidating his Judeo-Christian base

But in some quarters there’s a definite lack of enthusiasm, writes Mark Silk.

Chad Daybell’s strange end-times beliefs are not Mormon theology, says historian

(RNS) — ‘This is a different theology than we have seen before in Mormon circles,’ a historian says about Chad Daybell’s violent ideas about the end of the world.

Kanye West, Christian chaos candidate, trumps the Trump model

Kanye’s presidential campaign may tell us as much about our spiritual disillusionment as it does his mental health, writes Tara Isabella Burton.