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Quote of the Day

 

“I believe that the moment has arrived for the representatives of the Divine Religions to participate strongly and in a concrete way to give humanity a new direction, towards mercy and peace, so that humanity can avoid the great crisis we are suffering now.”

 

-- Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar Mosque, after an historic meeting with Pope Francis. (Washington Post)

 

 

Thorough Thursday

 

The Anti-Social Campaign

By Susan Milligan, U.S. News & World Report

 

With self-described faith-driven candidates out of the race, there has been little talk on the trail of signature issues such as abortion, sexuality and gender identity, and religious liberty. 

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

Evangelicals are the kind of Latinos the GOP could be winning. But probably not with Donald Trump

By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times

 

Trump’s rise has put evangelical Latinos like Rodriguez in a difficult position. Many view the Democratic Party as hostile to conservative Christian values. Many also say they cannot support Trump, who has alienated Latinos by insulting Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists and pledging to build a massive border wall.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

Jimmy Carter, Seeing Resurgence of Racism, Plans Baptist Conference for Unity

By Laurie Goodstein, New York Times

 

Former President Jimmy Carter, who has long put religion and racial reconciliation at the center of his life, is on a mission to heal a racial divide among Baptists and help the country soothe rifts that he believes are getting worse.

RACIAL JUSTICE, RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Fewer churches are involved in politics, and that’s not good

By Brad Fulton, Religion News Service

 

Providing a space to vote is about as political as many churches get. A study I recently published suggests fewer churches are participating in political activities such as sponsoring candidate forums, conducting voter registration drives, and distributing voter guides.

RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

Pastor Writes to Dispel Embedded Misconceptions About Transgender People

By Rachel Martin, NPR

 

As churches seek understanding about the LGBT community, a Dallas pastor wrote a blog post sharing seven things he learned about transgender people. Rachel Martin speaks with Pastor Mark Wingfield.

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Pope Francis might jettison idea of a ‘just war’

By Maria J. Stephan, Associated Press

 

It seems that Pope Francis – who is by all accounts a progressive thinker, unafraid to challenge old Church doctrines – might welcome a debate over the church’s foundational tenets on war and peace.

WAR AND PEACE, RELIGION AND POLITICS

 

 

 

President Obama's Visit to Hiroshima Stirs Mixed Emotions

By Arata Yamamoto, Ron Allen and Chris Fuchs, NBC News

 

President Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima is stirring conflicting emotions on both sides of the Atlantic. Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

WAR AND PEACE

 

 

 

Justice Department will seek death penalty for accused Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof

By Mark Berman and Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post

 

Federal prosecutors will seek the death sentence for Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine parishioners in a Charleston, S.C., church last year.

DEATH PENALTY

 

 

 

Joe Biden and John Boehner: Our Faith Inspires Political Compromise

By Christopher J. Hale, TIME

 

Civility and compromise are often mocked and misunderstood in modern political discourse. Ideologues try to suggest that it is somehow abandoning one’s values. But here’s the truth: compromise is a fundamentally American value. 

RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE

 

 

 

Moving beyond opposition to payday lending

By John Thornton, Baptist News Global

 

My worry is that this strategy of singling out predatory lending as a central issue around which to organize Baptist political advocacy eschews deep, critical thinking about alternative economic arrangements that would address why the poor need these small loans in the first place.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

 

 

Deep Dive of the Week

 

America's Changing Religious Landscape

By Pew Research Center

 

The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center.

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