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Evangelicals, Once Skeptical Of Trump, Have Rallied to His Side

posted on September 27, 2016

FiveThirtyEight’s Farai Chideya reports that “many evangelicals were initially skeptical of Trump, possibly because of his multiple marriages and combative and often vulgar campaign style, particularly concerning women.” However, that narrative has changed because of evangelical concerns over social issues and Supreme Court appointments, according to our own Religion & Politics editor Marie Griffith, whom Chideya interviewed. Griffith said, “Trump speaks to the profound fears animating so many white evangelicals today.”

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The Secret Costs of Islamophobia

posted on September 27, 2016

CNN’s Daniel Burke reports on the rise of Islamophobia. Burke notes that “Islamophobia seems to surge after attacks by Muslim extremists and during presidential campaigns, when candidates pledge to get tough on terrorists, often by singling out Muslims.” He reports that “anti-Muslim hate crimes surged nearly 70% last year, reaching a level of violence not seen since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks,” according to a study from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

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Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump Press Pointed Attacks in Debate

posted on September 27, 2016

At The New York Times, Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin write on the “relentlessly antagonistic” debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump last night. They write, “Mr. Trump’s strongest moments came early in the evening, when he put Mrs. Clinton on the defensive over her support for free trade agreements that he argues have cost Americans jobs. But on issues of race and gender, Mr. Trump was less sure-footed.”

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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.”

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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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