2020 presidential election

Biden campaign launches a trio of new faith ads targeted at evangelical and Catholic voters

By Jack Jenkins — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — The seven-figure ad buy includes two 30-second television spots that will run on Catholic and evangelical programs.

Poll: Muslim American support for Trump rises, but most plan to vote for Biden

By Yonat Shimron — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — Muslims appeared to be the religious group least likely to support Trump in 2020, according to a new poll that also shows voter registration among Muslims lagging other religious groups.

Complaints on Trump’s debate performance highlight generational divide among white evangelicals

By Jack Jenkins — September 30, 2020

(RNS) — Trump’s performance didn’t sit well with a group whose tenuous ties with the GOP have been further fractured by his presidency: younger white evangelicals.

Calling all women: It’s time to take our stand together against tyranny and injustice

By Faith in Public Life — September 30, 2020

(RNS) — Every holy text we follow, from the Quran, Torah and Bible to the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib, demands a moral obligation to the most marginalized people in society.

CeCe Winans: ‘Absolutely not’ paid for COVID-19 PSA requested by Trump administration

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — ‘It was a really good interview that I don’t think people are going to get a chance to hear,’ she said of her chat with the surgeon general.

Black church turnout effort mobilizes against alleged voter suppression

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — Some groups previously ‘never worked this tightly together because the stakes are higher,’ one Black church network leader said.

Black clergy call for 40 days of prayer, fasting and ‘spiritual warfare’ before election

By Jim Wallis, Barbara Williams-Skinner — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — It’s time for white Christians to respond to Black Christians to deepen our response to the fundamental moral and biblical crisis of this election.

‘Humanists for Biden-Harris’ to mobilize nonreligious vote

By Jack Jenkins — September 28, 2020

(RNS) — The group hopes to reach atheists, agnostics and other religiously unaffiliated voters who make up the largest belief group in the Democratic Party.

Franklin Graham borrows a tactic from the left with his Saturday prayer march

By Yonat Shimron — September 25, 2020

(RNS) — He insists the march is not an effort to encourage voting or to rally evangelicals to the polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election. But his choice of speakers suggests otherwise.

Trump’s Israel strategy makes few inroads with Jewish voters

By Elana Schor, Jack Jenkins — September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP/RNS) — With battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan collectively decided in 2016 by fewer than 200,000 votes, any loss of the Jewish support by Democratic nominee Joe Biden could be pivotal.

Demonizing white evangelicals won’t solve our political divisions

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — September 24, 2020

(RNS) — White evangelicals are certainly complicit in our history of systemic racism and nationalism, but transparent prejudice against them offers no way forward for any of us.

Voting while God is watching: does using churches as polling stations sway the ballot?

By Jordan LaBouff — September 22, 2020

(The Conversation) — Studies suggest that voting in a place of worship could influence voters to be more conservative on issues such as immigration, taxes and abortion.

Winning the hearts and minds of Catholics in a church divided

By Emily Reimer-Barry — September 18, 2020

(RNS) — There’s a fierce battle going on for ‘the Catholic vote,’ with abortion as a key issue in winning this crucial swing vote. But let’s not confuse this political shorthand for Catholic voters themselves.

Catholics should vote for Biden, says former bishops’ conference official

By Thomas Reese — September 17, 2020

(RNS) — Carr also reports that divisions among the bishops in 2019 kept them from updating their voter guide to reflect current issues and the teachings of Pope Francis.

Trump campaign launches new Jewish outreach coalition

By Jack Jenkins — September 16, 2020

(RNS) — Nevada casino mogul and conservative donor Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, will co-chair the initiative.

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