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A Q&A With the D.C. Pastor Who is in Charge of the Democratic Convention

posted on July 26, 2016

The Washington Post’s Hamil R. Harris interviews the Rev. Leah Daughtry, the Democratic National Convention’s CEO and pastor of the House of the Lord Church in Washington, D.C. This year marks Daughtry’s second time in charge of the convention and her second time organizing the D.N.C.’s interfaith gathering, which occurred Sunday. Daughtry says, “We started having interfaith gatherings in 2008, and it is really an acknowledgement of the role that people of faith play in the Democratic Party.”

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Attack on Church in France Kills Priest, and ISIS Is Blamed

posted on July 26, 2016

At The New York Times, Adam Nossiter, Benoît Morenne, and Hannah Olivennes write that ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a French church Tuesday morning. Two men stabbed an 85-year-old priest to death, critically wounded another person, and took several churchgoers hostage before being shot and killed by the police. “We must realize that the terrorists will not give up until we stop them,” French President François Hollande said.

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Who Boos an Opening Prayer?

posted on July 26, 2016

Religion News Service’s David Gibson writes that Bernie Sanders supporters booed the Democratic National Convention’s opening prayer when the Rev. Cynthia Hale said Hillary Clinton’s name. Sanders previously asked his followers not to protest at the convention. Gibson writes, “Hale paused, and seemed to try to redirect the negativity with a quiet ‘Hallelujah.’ But the booing continued and then morphed into chants of ‘Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!’ ”

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“A Pope Francis Catholic”: Now that Tim Kaine is Clinton’s VP Pick, Will his Faith Matter?

posted on July 25, 2016

At The Washington Post, Michelle Boorstein and Julie Zauzmer write that it remains unclear whether Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine, who is Catholic, as her running mate will sway Catholic voters in the election. Though Catholics tended to vote Democrat in the past, their voter habits are now better predicted by ethnicity than religion. Boorstein and Zauzmer write, “Kaine’s attention to his faith has become well-known over his years in office, first as Virginia’s governor and then as a senator.”

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Resign D.N.C. Post

posted on July 25, 2016

In The New York Times, Jonathan Martin and Alan Rappeport report that Debbie Wasserman Schultz will step down from her position as Democratic National Committee chairwoman after the convention. A series of leaked emails seem to show D.N.C. officials conspiring to undermine Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. Martin and Rappeport write, “The messages showed members of the committee’s communications team musing about pushing the narrative that the Sanders campaign was inept and trying to raise questions publicly about whether he was an atheist.”

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Afghanistan Marks Day of National Mourning After Huge Attack

posted on July 25, 2016

The Associated Press’s Lynne O’Donnell writes, “Afghanistan marked a national day of mourning on Sunday, a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 80 people who were taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Kabul.” More than 200 people were injured. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing, which targeted ethnic Hazaras, a Shia minority group. O’Donnell writes, “The attack was the first by IS on Kabul — and the capital’s worst since a vicious Taliban insurgency began 15 years ago — raising concerns about the group’s reach and capability in Afghanistan.”

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Trump’s Sunday School

posted on July 25, 2016

The Atlantic’s Emma Green writes that Donald Trump’s childhood church, which didn’t integrate until the late 1950s, is now home to a congregation primarily consisting of Latin American and Caribbean immigrants. Green writes, “Many hear the proposal to Make America Great Again as a coded call to return economic, political, and cultural power to white, long-time American citizens. First Church is a testament to the way that strategy can backfire—and why the America Donald Trump wishes to recreate may no longer exist, if it ever did.”

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Can Hillary Clinton Finally Close the “God Gap”?

posted on July 25, 2016

At Religion News Service, David Gibson writes that Hillary Clinton’s advantage with Muslims, Catholics, Jews, and religious minorities are helping her shrink the “God gap”“the dynamic that has seen regular worshippers pulling the lever for Republican candidates far more than they do for Democrats.” Gibson writes, “And it’s not just smaller religious groups: a Pew Research Center survey released this month showed the overall ‘God gap’ shrinking significantly, with registered voters who attend religious services at least weekly leaning to Trump by a 49-45 percent margin over Clinton. That is far smaller than the 55-40 percent advantage that Republican Mitt Romney held over President Obama at the same point in 2012.”

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