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The Guilt-Free Gospel of Donald Trump

posted on October 27, 2016

CNN’s Daniel Burke writes about Trump’s religious life. Florida pastor Paula White, a close friend of Trump, said, “Donald has never been public about his faith, and when he has tried, it has been futile.” Burke reports that Trump goes to church on “special occasions,” but skips most Sundays. He is no longer a member of the churches he attended in his youth. Burke writes that “it’s hard to picture him sitting through a service, or confessing his sins before a congregation, or listening, in quiet hours of Trump Tower, for the still, small voice of God. Trump puts his faith in work, and waits upon the whirlwind.”

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Why Evan McMullin Hopes the Mountain West Holds the Future of Conservatism

posted on October 26, 2016

TIME’s Elizabeth Dias reports on Evan McMullin, an independent candidate for president. The Mormon candidate has a slim chance of winning the election, but a recent Emerson College poll has him winning Utah, leading Trump by four points and Clinton by seven. Dias writes, “Regardless of the outcome on November 8, McMullin hopes his candidacy sets a new foundation for conservatism in America. He wants to see conservatives be inclusive, ‘open to people of all races and religions and people of both genders,’ appealing to women, minorities, and millennials as it outlined its post-election report in 2012.”

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“I Had a Scary Dream About Donald Trump”: Muslim Parents Face a Tense Election

posted on October 26, 2016

The New York Times’ Samantha Schmidt reports that Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric has instilled fear in Muslim parents and their children. Schmidt writes about a Muslim family that resides in Staten Island. One of the children, 13 year-old Abubeckr, has witnessed Islamophobia at school: “In the hallways in Abubeckr’s school, boys will sometimes make sounds of bombs exploding and yell out ‘Allahu akbar’ — Arabic for ‘God is great’ — as he walks by. On the bus after school, a classmate once said to him, ‘You’re a terrorist, and your mom is a mastermind bomber.’”

Read at The New York Times

Liberty University Students Want to Be Christians—Not Republicans

posted on October 26, 2016

At The Atlantic, Emma Green writes that thousands of Liberty University students have signed a letter expressing disagreement with the university president’s endorsement of Donald Trump. Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty, endorsed Trump in January and recently defended the candidate’s degrading comments about women. Green writes that, given the Christian campus’s focus on evangelical values, “The cognitive dissonance between Trump’s comments and the way Liberty students are taught to behave is intense—even more so because Falwell defended Trump after the tapes came out.”

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POLL: White Evangelicals Have Warmed To Politicians Who Commit “Immoral” Acts

posted on October 24, 2016

Danielle Kurtzleben of NPR reports that a majority of religious Americans believe that a candidate who has committed immoral acts can still perform their job effectively, according to a new PRRI/Brookings poll. The biggest change came from white evangelicals. Kurtzleben writes, “In 2011, 30 percent of white evangelicals said that ‘an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life.’ Now, 72 percent say so — a far bigger swing than other religious groups the poll studied.”

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Clinton, Trump Trade Jokes at Al Smith Catholic Fundraiser

posted on October 24, 2016

America’s Michael O’Loughlin reports on last Thursday’s Al Smith Dinner. Cardinal Timothy Dolan hosted the dinner, which raised nearly $6 million for the impoverished youth of New York. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gave lighthearted speeches. O’Loughlin writes, “Both candidates traded barbs, but the crowd booed Mr. Trump a handful of times after his comments sounded less like jokes than political attacks on his opponent.”

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Anti-Semitic Posts, Many from Trump Supporters, Surge on Twitter

posted on October 19, 2016

The New York Times’ Jonathan Mahler reports that the Trump campaign has ushered in a rise of anti-Semitism on Twitter, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. Mahler writes, “The words appearing most frequently in the Twitter biographies of the attackers were ‘Trump,’ ‘nationalist,’ ‘conservative’ and ‘white.’” Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the ADL, said, “This is not just about anti-Semitism directed against Jews. The bigger story is the threat to free speech and the threat to a free press.”

Read at The New York Times

UNESCO Adopts Controversial Jerusalem Resolution

posted on October 19, 2016

The Associated Press’ Thomas Adamson reports, “UNESCO’s executive board on Tuesday approved a resolution that Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem—and that has angered Israel’s government and many Jews around the world.” The resolution, called “Occupied Palestine,” creates rules for the preservation of Jerusalem’s holy sites such as the Western Wall. However, in a controversial move, the resolution only uses the Islamic name, al-Haram al-Sharif, for the hilltop compound it seeks to regulate.

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