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RNS Morning Report: Synagogue Shooting; Traditional Plan Upheld; Family Leadership Summit

Synagogue members talk to a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Poway, Calif. Several people were injured in a shooting at the synagogue. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Need to know: Monday, April 29, 2019

1 killed in shooting at California synagogue

The shooting came exactly six months since a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

United Methodist court upholds Traditional Plan’s ban on LGBTQ clergy, same sex marriage

Seven of the 17 petitions that made up the Traditional Plan are unconstitutional and will not be added with the others to the United Methodist Church’s rulebook.

2020 Democratic hopefuls field faith forum invites

Beto O'Rourke's campaign declined an invite to a conservative religious forum, but Pete Buttigieg's is considering it, along with another at a progressive seminary.

In N.C., a religious coalition welcomes the formerly incarcerated home

The coalition currently has 20 faith teams that have signed one-year covenants with 20 former inmates to offer support, encouragement and friendship.

Franklin Graham challenges Pete Buttigieg, but voters unlikely to care

Pete Buttigieg says God doesn't care that he is gay. Franklin Graham disagrees. But a recent survey suggests voters might be more open to a gay candidate than an evangelical Christian one.

It is time to publicly protest anti-Semitism

Jeffrey Salkin writes, It is long past time for Jews and others to take the message public: Stop the Jew hatred!

A car barreled into eight people in California. Police say the driver was targeting Muslims.

Sunnyvale Police Chief Phan Ngo announced Friday that an investigation uncovered evidence that Peoples “intentionally targeted the victims based on their race and his belief that they were of the Muslim faith.” Ngo gave no details about the nature of the evidence.



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