Rabbis are training to protect the vote and quell postelection violence
(RNS) — ‘We’re very much hoping that all of the preparation is for naught, but we’d rather be prepared than not,’ said Rabbi Jill Jacobs.
Taco trucks and voter guides boost political profiles of faith communities at the margins
(RNS) — Civic engagement, said one activist, humanizes minority faith groups in the eyes of the rest of the electorate.
Poll chaplains plan to bring a ‘prayerful presence’ to precincts this Election Day
(RNS) — The New Georgia Project is one of several groups training clergy to be precinct chaplains this Election Day at polling places across the country.
Your dread of the 2020 election and coronavirus will end. What will you obsess about then?
(RNS) — We need to decide now if we are prepared to refuse the fear and politics that have divided us.
1,000-plus faith leaders call for ‘free and fair election’
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 clergy members, religious scholars and other faith-based advocates have signed onto a unique statement that supports a comprehensive path to “a free and fair election” and urges leaders to heed the verdict of “legitimate election results” regardless of who wins in November.
Ismaili, Ahmadi Muslims push national voter registration efforts
(RNS) — Voter mobilization efforts in US Muslim communities have long been characterized and led by Sunni institutions and figures. That’s starting to change.
Trump, confirmed a Presbyterian, now identifies as ‘non-denominational Christian’
WASHINGTON (RNS) — A rare exchange about religion-related matters with a president who, while allying closely with evangelical Christian leaders, has spoken little about his own faith.
‘Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden’ signers face a fiery blowback
ORLANDO (RNS) — After Joel Hunter recently announced support for former Vice President Joe Biden, a local Christian radio station cancelled Hunter’s devotionals, hosts withdrew (or postponed) speaking invitations and a social media hostility barrage erupted.
Muslims in Michigan, a key vote in a must-win state, on track for record turnout
(RNS) — Muslim areas around greater Detroit could be a key factor in who will be president in January.
In battleground states, American Jews prefer Biden over Trump by a wide margin
(RNS) — A pair of surveys of likely Jewish voters in Florida and Pennsylvania shows that former Vice President Joe Biden has a massive lead over Donald Trump.
Rohingya American voters ‘grateful,’ ‘excited’ to cast ballots for the first time in Chicago
CHICAGO (RNS) — About a dozen Rohingya refugees voted for the first time Tuesday (Oct. 20) at an early voting site in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.
How QAnon uses satanic rhetoric to set up a narrative of ‘good vs. evil’
(The Conversation) — QAnon’s conspiracy rhetoric goes beyond the level of ‘us versus them’ to a matter of cosmic good versus monstrous evil.
Poll: White evangelicals are religious outliers on every issue of concern to voters
(RNS) — Only 35% of white evangelicals said the coronavirus is of critical concern, according to PRRI’s 11th annual American Values Survey. Among this group, abortion and terrorism top the list of concerns.
As political violence rises, we need peacemakers at the polls
(RNS) — Pastors can’t take a bloodless election for granted. But people of faith have unique power to keep the peace, now and in the long term.
What does the Bible really say about abortion?
(RNS) — Christians who turn to Scripture to trump political debates on abortion should be reminded that the Bible does not actually say anything at all on the topic. On this issue there is no divine revelation to be had.