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Bomb Suspect Is in Custody, Officials Say

posted on September 19, 2016

The New York Times‘ Marc Santora and Al Baker report, “The police on Monday took into custody the man they believed to be behind the bombing in Manhattan over the weekend, according to law enforcement officials.” They write that suspect, 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, “was identified on surveillance video near the locations of both the bomb that exploded in Chelsea and another device that did not detonate a few blocks away. He was described as a naturalized citizen of Afghan descent who had been living with his family in Elizabeth, N.J.”

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Evangelicals and Conservative Catholics, Who Have Voted Together for Decades, Are Splitting Apart

posted on September 8, 2016

At The Washington Post, Mark J. Rozell, a professor at George Mason University, writes about the split between the conservative Catholic and evangelical votes this election cycle. Trump is losing Catholic voters by 23 points while retaining strong support from white evangelicals. Rozell writes, “This contrast doesn’t just matter for Trump’s candidacy. It reveals a startling political splintering of conservative Catholics and evangelicals, who have tracked side by side for decades.”


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A Pipeline Fight and America’s Dark Past

posted on September 7, 2016

At The New Yorker, Bill McKibben writes, “This week, thousands of Native Americans, from more than a hundred tribes, have camped out on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, which straddles the border between the Dakotas, along the Missouri River. … They’re there to protest plans for a proposed oil pipeline that they say would contaminate the reservation’s water; in fact, they’re calling themselves protectors, not protesters.” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the pipeline, which the Sioux tribe says will “require digging up sacred spots and old burial grounds.”

Read at The New Yorker

Phyllis Schlafly, Towering Social Conservative Figure, Dies at 92

posted on September 6, 2016

CNN’s Phyllis Schlafly, a prominent anti-feminist and early leader of the social conservative movement, died Monday at the age of 92 at her home in St. Louis.” Schlafly fought the Equal Rights Amendment and “was a towering figure in what emerged as the modern religious right.” She remained politically active until her death, most recently supported presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Mother Teresa Canonized as a Saint by Pope Francis

posted on September 6, 2016

In The Wall Street Journal, Francis X. Rocca and Daniel Stacey report, “Pope Francis proclaimed Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, bestowing the Catholic Church’s highest honor on one of the most widely admired public figures in recent history.” A crowd of 120,000 gathered for the ceremony. They write, “In his homily, Pope Francis recalled the new saint as ‘committed to defending life, ceaselessly proclaiming that the unborn are the weakest, the smallest, the most vulnerable.’ But he also said she confronted the ‘powers of this world’ with ‘their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.'”

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Leaked Script Shows What Advisers Want Donald Trump to Say at Black Church

posted on September 2, 2016

The New York Times‘ Yamiche Alcindor reports that the paper obtained a leaked Trump campaign document, outlining what the candidate should say at a visit to a black Detroit church. “Donald J. Trump’s visit to a black church here on Saturday will be a major moment for a candidate with a history of offending the sensibilities of black Americans,” Alcindor writes. “His team was leaving nothing to chance.”

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Once a Qaeda Recruiter, Now a Voice Against Jihad

posted on August 29, 2016

The New York Times‘ Rukmini Callimachi profiles Jesse Morton, a former American jihadist. “After a stint as an F.B.I. informant and his release from prison last year, Mr. Morton has been hired as a fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, where he will research the very ideology he once spread,” she writes. “Although countries like Britain have for years been putting former extremists to work in think tanks to provide authentic voices against radical ideology, Mr. Morton is the first former jihadist to step into this public a role in the United States.”

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Neighbor Churches, Split on Race Lines, Work to Heal Divide

posted on August 29, 2016

The Associated Press’ Rachel Zoll reports from Macon, Georgia, on the relationship between two neighboring churches—one black and one white. “About 170 years ago, they were one congregation, albeit a church of masters and slaves,” Zoll writes. Now, through their work with the New Baptist Covenant, the Rev. James Goolsby and the Rev. Scott Dickison are working together to forge new alliances. They “met over lunch and an idea took shape: They’d try to find a way the congregations, neighbors for so long, could become friends. They’d try to bridge the stubborn divide of race.”

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