RNS Morning Report: Watchlist Ruled Unconstitutional; Mauna Kea Protest; Mass for Immigrants

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Need to know: Friday, September 6, 2019

Surveillance Curtailed

US judge: Terrorist watchlist violates citizens’ constitutional rights

The lawsuit was brought forth by 23 U.S. Muslims, including a toddler who at just 7 months old was added to the secretive federal watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists.” More from Religion News Service

Prayer and Protest

In Hawaii, 'protectors' fight telescope project with prayer

Demonstrators have flocked to this mountain to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope for reasons that are partly environmental and partly religious. More from Religion News Service

Contentious Immigration Climate

Southern California Catholics to unite in Mass for immigrants

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles's eighth annual Mass in Recognition of all Immigrants has particular relevance in the wake of the El Paso shootings and this year's immigration battles. More from Religion News Service

Sharing Stories and Offering Services

An online community of ex-clergy nears a milestone

The Clergy Project, whose mission is to build an online community for 'post-belief religious leaders,' expects to draw its 1,000th participant sometime next month. More from Religion News Service


Ted Cruz takes Alyssa Milano to Bible study — with an NRA edition of the Bible

As the Texas senator and the actress-activist face off on Twitter over whether the right to own a gun is found in Scripture, Cruz's interpretation lacks one thing: Jesus, writes Shane Claiborne. More from Religion News Service

Values Poll

Elite failure has brought Americans to the edge of an existential crisis

The nuclear family, God, and national pride are a holy trinity of the American identity. What would happen if a generation gave up on all three? More from The Atlantic