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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.”

Read at The Washington Post

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.”

Read at The New York Times

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.”

Read at Associated Press

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.”

Read at The Atlantic

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.”

Read at Religion News Service

Mike Pence’s Journey: Catholic Democrat to Evangelical Republican

posted on July 21, 2016

The New York Times‘ Jonathan Mahler and Dirk Johnson profile vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, and his shift from being a Catholic Democrat to being a born-again, evangelical Republican. He grew up immersed in his local Catholic church and once considered becoming a priest. But in college, he had a conversion experience, and more recently he has attended an evangelical megachurch with his wife. Mahler and Johnson write, “His evangelical Christianity is now the driving force behind his political agenda, whether he is working to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood or to make it legal for religious conservatives to refuse to serve gay couples.”

Read at The New York Times

Meet the Muslim Guy Who Took the Convention Stage and Prayed for Trump

posted on July 20, 2016

At The Washington Post, Abigail Hauslohner profiles Sajid Tarar, the Muslim immigrant who delivered a benediction at the Republican National Convention last night. Tarar, the founder of American Muslims for Trump, considers himself part of the anti-political-establishment bloc that supports the Republican nominee. Hauslohner writes, “Tarar isn’t entirely alone. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim lobbyist group that has regularly accused Trump of encouraging ‘Islamophobia,’ said in March that it surveyed 2,000 Muslim voters, and that 11 percent said they supported Trump.”

Read at The Washington Post

Ben Carson Defends Connecting Hillary Clinton to Lucifer

posted on July 20, 2016

CNN’s Eugene Scott reports that Ben Carson defended linking Hillary Clinton with Lucifer at last night’s Republican National Convention. In an appearance on CNN, Carson again cited community organizer Saul Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals, which mentions Lucifer in its dedication. Clinton wrote her undergraduate thesis on Alinsky. Scott writes, “Carson, who has endorsed Donald Trump, said Alinsky’s teachings matter given his influence in Clinton’s life.”

Read at CNN

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