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Charlottesville

Evangelical Trump adviser: Why I won’t bail on the White House

By Johnnie Moore — August 24, 2017

(RNS) — ‘I wouldn’t back down for the same reason I wouldn’t have left President Obama or Secretary Clinton had they asked me to be an adviser, even though I largely disagreed with their policies,’ writes the Rev. Johnnie Moore. (COMMENTARY)

Enlisting SpongeBob and ‘Game of Thrones’ to counter anti-Sikh prejudice

By Adelle M. Banks — August 23, 2017

(RNS) — ‘I’m obsessed with Star Wars,’ says a turbaned man who appears in one of the videos that are part of the ‘We Are Sikhs’ media campaign.

‘Blood and Faith’: A new book links white nationalists to Christianity

By Kimberly Winston — August 23, 2017

(RNS) — A new book traces how white nationalists have cherry-picked Scripture to craft their exclusive ideology.

Why are Jewish celebrities silent about Charlottesville?

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 23, 2017

(RNS) — The Piano Man’s yellow star was a good start. We need famous Jews to be activists against hate.

Brooklyn megachurch pastor explains why he left the president’s evangelical advisory board

By Chris Sagona — August 21, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. (RNS) — ‘I took a lot of heat for joining, and I took a lot of heat for leaving,’ said the Rev. A.R. Bernard.

Fear, resolve and more security at Charlottesville synagogue

By Ben Finley — August 20, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — White supremacists carrying semi-automatic rifles were streaming past the synagogue, taunting congregants with phony Brooklyn accents and mocking Yiddish expressions.

Pastor resigns from Trump’s evangelical advisory board, asks others to speak out

By Lauren Markoe — August 19, 2017

(RNS) — A.R. Bernard cited a ‘deepening conflict of values’ with the administration.

Black clergy call for churches to foster healing in the aftermath of Charlottesville

By Adelle M. Banks — August 18, 2017

(RNS) — ‘Our youth and young adults especially need a place to process this assault on their being and the very soul of this nation,’ they said.

The eclipse is deeper than we thought

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 17, 2017

(RNS) — It is not just the sun that is going into eclipse. It is human decency, and not just in Charlottesville.

March for Racial Justice organizers sorry for scheduling it on Yom Kippur

By Adelle M. Banks — August 17, 2017

(RNS) — March officials said they are ‘working on ways to include the Jewish community’ after sundown on Sept. 30, when the holiday ends, or the following day.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s thousand-minister march gains steam after Charlottesville

By Adelle M. Banks — August 17, 2017

(RNS) — Footage from Charlottesville, Va., has prompted some clergy to sign up for an Aug. 28 march. ‘This is much worse than we thought in terms of a spirit of hate and immorality,’ Sharpton said.

We’ve condemned white nationalism. Now the harder work begins.

By Noel Schoonmaker — August 17, 2017

(RNS) — ‘Decrying white nationalists is an ethical lay-up for which no white person should feel the slightest hint of self-congratulatory pride,’ writes the Rev. Noel Schoonmaker.

LDS Church rebukes Mormon white supremacists, who rebuke the Church right back

By Jana Riess — August 15, 2017

The LDS Church just reissued its statement on race and Charlottesville, and the 2nd release is a virtual smackdown of the alt-right — including its Mormon adherents.

Religious leaders react to the violence in Charlottesville

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 15, 2017

(RNS) — Some religious leaders criticized President Trump’s initial response denouncing hatred and violence ‘on many sides,’ while a few conservative evangelicals rushed to defend the president.

Under pressure, Trump condemns white supremacy after Charlottesville violence

By guest — August 14, 2017

(USA Today) — Others continued to question the delay in Trump speaking out against racism. ‘The President of the United States should not have to be publicly shamed into condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists,’ Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., tweeted.

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